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Surgical First Assistant, C.C.C.

Surgical First Assistant, C.C.C.

Recommended Course CH
#*HSC1531, Medical Terminology (Extra points in the admission index for those who have successfully completed a medical terminology course) 2
Prerequisite Courses: All must be completed with a “C” or better.
+*BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
+*BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
+*BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
+*BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
#*HSC1000, Orientation to Perioperative Services 3
#*HSC1000L, Orientation to Periop Services Lab 1
#*HSC2520, Microbiology for Perioperative Services 3
Major Courses
#+*STS1310, Surgical Tech & Procedures 6
#+*STS1310L, Surgical Tech & Proc Lab/Clinical 2
#+*STS1340C, Pharmacology and Anesthesia 3
+#*STS1944C, Introduction to Surgery Clinical 2
+#*STS2323, Surgical Procedures I 4
+#*STS2323L, Surgical Procedures I Lab 1
+#*STS2324, Surgical Procedures II 4
+#*STS2324L, Surgical Procedures Simulation Lab II 1
#+*STS2330C, Principles of Surgical Assisting 2
+#*STS2335, Advanced Integrated Surgical Sciences 2
+#*STS2336 , Advanced Surgical Procedures for the Surgical Assistant 2
*STS2361, The Art of Teamwork in Surgery 1
*STS2365, Professional Skills for the OR Team 1
#+*STS2370C, Surgical Assisting Clinical 3
+*STS2936, Surgical Certification Symposium 1
+#*STS2944C, Surgical Technologist Clinical I 3
+#*STS2945C, Surgical Technologist Clinical II 3
+#*STS2950, Surgical Assisting Portfolio 1
+#*STS2952, Surgical Transition Portfolio 1
+#*STS2953, Surgical Technologist Portfolio I 1

TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS

59

NOTE: For those students who do not have at least one year’s experience, the course STS2943, SA Scrub Role Clinical is required prior to graduation.


• General Education Core.

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

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* 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 ext. 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 Assistant 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
Angila Dean Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5510 adean@gulfcoast.edu
Suzanne Deaton Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 2819 sdeaton@gulfcoast.edu
Sabrina Elliott Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5888 selliott7@gulfcoast.edu
Nancy Gibson Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5841 ngibson2@gulfcoast.edu
Kimbally Guilford Associate Professor (850) 747-3244 ext. 3244 kguilford@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
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 Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 6180 kwalsingham@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
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