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



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

Licensed Practical Nurse
Debbie Brzuska

Dental Assisting
Laurie Womble

Dental Hygiene
Miranda Stewart

Medical Imaging Programs (Radiography, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine)
DeeAnn VanDerSchaaf

Physical Therapist Assistant
Dr. Melinda Cumbaa

Dr. Randy Chitwood

Respiratory Therapy
Julia Thomas

Surgical Services
Libby McNaron

Health Sciences Faculty

Name Title Phone Email
Kimberly Awls Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3248
Michelle Barber Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5881
Jessica Bennett Assistant Professor ext.
Deborah Brzuska Associate Professor (850) 913-3317 ext. 3317
Vicki Bynum Instructor (850) 873-3591 ext. 3591
Randall Chitwood Professor (850) 913-3262 ext. 3262
Jennifer Collier Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5838
Melinda Cumbaa Associate Professor (850) 913-3312 ext. 3312
Suzanne Deaton Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 2819
Sabrina Elliott Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5888
Kayla Fouraker Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5510
Nancy Gibson Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5841
Glenda Hannah Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5843
Melissa Hobbs Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5521
Scot Kirkland Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 6102
Jerrie Kirksey Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5833
Rebecca Leach Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5840
Keri Matheus Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3238
Mary McNaron Professor (850) 873-3551 ext. 3551
Martha Ruder Professor (850) 913-3314 ext. 3314
Miranda Stewart Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5802
Carol Strasburger-Miller Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3360
Shelly Thornton Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5834
Dee Ann Van Der Schaaf Associate Professor (850) 913-3318 ext. 3318
Kelli Walsingham Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 6180
Rhonda Weatherbie Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5802
April Wilson-Page Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5817
Lauriann Womble Assistant Professor (850) 747-3217 ext. 3217