Gulf Coast State College

Panama City, FL 32401

Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) is a community college located in Panama City, Florida. This college is an important part of the Florida College System. It was first established in 1957 and it offers students a very good academic experience. The school serves around 7,000 students currently and has been a growing school for some time. There are more than 150 program options available to students who attend this school. With so many areas of study, it should be an easy process for students to determine what they want to pursue.

GCSC has a dedicated nursing program that has proven to be capable of producing many fine nurses over the years. This program allows students to achieve an associate degree of science in nursing. The curriculum is designed to prepare nursing students for general nursing duties. The education is focused on giving students the right skills to succeed while also teaching them about all of the important intricacies of nursing. The school offers generally small class sizes which allow for students to get more personal instruction. Tuition at this school has some of the lowest rates in all of Florida as well, making it a cost-effective choice. This school has a high success rate and over 95% of graduates find employment within six months of getting their license. 


Campus LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 17 98
Bachelor's degree 5 28
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 3 21
Certificate 1 20
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 85.1%
  • NCLEX-PN: 72%

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50.77 miles away
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51.09 miles away
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84.68 miles away
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86.37 miles away
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87.31 miles away
Florida State University
87.38 miles away
Pensacola State College
90.04 miles away
The University of West Florida
92.26 miles away
Troy University
112.34 miles away
Darton State College
131.83 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1962 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1986 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
06/11/2015 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$99/credit
In State Students$99/credit
Out of State Students$360/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $4,455 $4,455 $16,200
ADN 70 $6,930 $6,930 $25,200
BSN 125 $12,375 $12,375 $45,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 72% of Gulf Coast State College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 50% $4,339
Other Federal Grant 5% $590
State Grant & Scholarships 28% $1,678
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 24% $1,492
Federal Student Loans 10% $3,970
Private Loans 1% $4,778


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$2,545
$30,001 to $48,000$3,920
$48,001 to $75,000$6,603
$75,001 to $110,000$7,788
Over $110,000$7,853

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Relevant scholarships

Florida Nurses Foundation Scholarship and Grant

The Florida Nurses Foundation exists to promote nursing and delivery of healthcare through the advancement of research, education and practice. Each year, funds are provided to registered nurses ...

Charlotte Liddell Scholarship Fund

Annual awards for Florida residents who are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a nationally accredited Nursing program in Florida. Undergraduate students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA; ...

District 3 Scholarship

There are two scholarships annually; Preference to Marion County Residents, BSN generic students only, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must: Be enrolled in a nationally ...

District 4 Florida Nurses Scholarship/Research Award

The scholarship is to students from Hillsborough County who are pursuing a Geriatric RN or graduate program.   Applicants must:   Be enrolled in a nationally accredited ...

Eleanor Bindrum Scholarship Fund

Annual awards for Florida residents who are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a nationally accredited Nursing program in Florida. Undergraduate students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA; ...

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Florida state board of nursing.

Gulf Coast State College
5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401

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