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Respiratory Care (Therapy) Option, Liberal Arts A.A.

Respiratory Care (Therapy) Option, Liberal Arts A.A.

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
•+*MAC1105, College Algebra 3
•+*STA2023, Statistics 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+PHY2053, College Physics I 3
Biological Science •+BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
+BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
+*MAC1140, Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
+*MAC1114, Plane Trigonometry 3
+PHY2053L, College Physics I Lab 1
•+BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors 3
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Majors Lab 1
+MCB2004, Microbiology 3
MCB2004L, Microbiology Lab 1
•+CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1

TOTAL DEGREE HOURS

60

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

Health Sciences

Health Sciences is the largest academic division at Gulf Coast State College, with over 600 students enrolled in health-related programs.  The George G. Tapper Health Sciences Building is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories, and a live patient dental clinic to enhance the learning process.

Health Sciences faculty and staff want you to succeed. Instructors are licensed practitioners who are dedicated to helping you become proficient in the patient-care arena of your choosing. Reach out to the program contact in your area with questions or concerns.

Health Sciences Division Website

Registered Nursing, Nursing AA, Certified Nursing Assistant
Dr. Martha Ruder
850-913-3314

Licensed Practical Nurse
Debbie Brzuska
850-913-3317

Dental Assisting
Laurie Womble
850-747-3217

Dental Hygiene
Kim Guilford
850-747-3244

Medical Imaging Programs (Radiography, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine)
DeeAnn VanDerSchaaf
850-913-3318

Physical Therapist Assistant
Dr. Melinda Cumbaa
850-913-3312

RN-to-BSN
Dr. Randy Chitwood
850-913-3262

Respiratory Therapy
Katrina Reese
850-872-3837

Surgical Services
Libby McNaron
850-873-3551

Pharmacy Technician
Keith Owens
850-769-1551, ext. 5877

Health Sciences Faculty

Name Title Phone Email
Kimberly Awls Instructor (850) 387-5987 ext. 5987 kawls@gulfcoast.edu
Michelle Barber Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5881 mbarber@gulfcoast.edu
Deborah Brzuska Associate Professor (850) 913-3317 ext. 3317 dbrzuska@gulfcoast.edu
Vicki Bynum Instructor (850) 873-3591 ext. 3591 vbynum@gulfcoast.edu
Randall Chitwood Professor (850) 913-3262 ext. 3262 rchitwood@gulfcoast.edu
Jennifer Collier Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5838 jcollier@gulfcoast.edu
Melinda Cumbaa Associate Professor (850) 913-3312 ext. 3312 mcumbaa@gulfcoast.edu
Donna Darling Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5830 ddarling@gulfcoast.edu
Suzanne Deaton Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 2819 sdeaton@gulfcoast.edu
Sabrina Elliott Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5888 selliott7@gulfcoast.edu
Kayla Fouraker Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5510 kfouraker@gulfcoast.edu
Nancy Gibson Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5841 ngibson2@gulfcoast.edu
Glenda Hannah Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5843 ghannah@gulfcoast.edu
Melissa Hobbs Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5521 mhobbs2@gulfcoast.edu
Scot Kirkland Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 6102 skirkland@gulfcoast.edu
Jerrie Kirksey Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5833 jkirksey@gulfcoast.edu
Rebecca Leach Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5840 rleach@gulfcoast.edu
Keri Matheus Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3238 kmatheus@gulfcoast.edu
Mary McNaron Professor (850) 873-3551 ext. 3551 lmcnaron@gulfcoast.edu
Martha Ruder Professor (850) 913-3314 ext. 3314 mruder@gulfcoast.edu
Miranda Stewart Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5802 mstewart@gulfcoast.edu
Carol Strasburger-Miller Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3360 cmiller@gulfcoast.edu
Shelly Thornton Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5834 sthornto3@gulfcoast.edu
Dee Ann Van Der Schaaf Associate Professor (850) 913-3318 ext. 3318 dvanderschaaf@gulfcoast.edu
Kelli Walsingham Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 6180 kwalsingham@gulfcoast.edu
Rhonda Weatherbie Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5802 rweatherb@gulfcoast.edu
April Wilson-Page Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5817 apage4@gulfcoast.edu
Lauriann Womble Assistant Professor (850) 747-3217 ext. 3217 lwomble@gulfcoast.edu

Year One

First Semester

  • General Education: Communication
    ENC 1101 English Composition I
  • General Education: Mathematics
    MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra

  • Total 6

Second Semester

  • General Education: Communication
    ENC 1102 English Composition II

  • MAC 1114 Plane Trigonometry

  • Total 6

Summer Semester

  • General Education: History
  • General Education: Visual and Performing Arts

  • Total 6

Year Two

First Semester

  • General Education: Physical Science
    CHM 1045 General Chemistry
  • General Education: Physical Science
    CHM 1045L General Chemistry Laboratory
  • General Education: Behavioral Science

  • Total 7

Second Semester


  • BSC 2085 Human Anat/Phy I

  • BSC 2085L Human Anat/Phy I Lab
  • General Education: Philosophy/Religion

  • Total 7

Summer Semester

  • General Education: Literature
  • General Education: Government

  • Total 6

Year Three

First Semester


  • BSC 2010 Biology for Science Majors I

  • BSC 2010L Biology for Sci Majors I Lab

  • PHY 2053 College Physics I

  • PHY 2053L College Physics I Lab

  • Total 8

Second Semester


  • BSC 2086 Human Anat/Phy II

  • BSC 2086L Human Anat/Phy II Lab
  • General Education: Mathematics
    STA 2023 Statistics

  • Total 7

Summer Semester


  • MCB 2004 Microbiology

  • MCB 2004L Microbiology Laboratory

  • ELECTIVE 3

  • Total 7
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