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Application Information

Start your journey to a new career with one of the top performing programs listed on the National Program Assessment Exam. Be successful .... train with the best!

Programs lead to either an Associate Degree in Health Sciences (AS1-HS) or an Associate Degree in Surgical First Assisting (SFA-AS). Once completed, the student can continue their education by obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (BAS).

These are limited access, selective admissions programs. Please select the application packet that meets your needs for more information on the program and the application process.

  • Central Sterile Processing Dept. Technologist (CSPT) - The program has part-time evening and online classes to work in Central Sterile Processing Dept.  The program also covers the decontamination, processing, and storage of supplies and equipment for healthcare agencies.
  • Endoscopic Technician - The program's 2-semester core courses begin in August each year and qualifies students to function as an Endoscopic Technician or GI Lab Technician. With additional classes, a student can earn their Associate Degree in Health Sciences (AS1-HS); then earn a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (BAS) at Gulf Coast State College.
  • Traditional Surgical Technology (CST) - The program consists of concentrated courses in Surgical Technology for a 1 year program; 15 months with prerequisites. Prerequisites begin in August each year. The Surgical Technology core courses of the program begin in January with graduation in December of each year.
  • Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) - This traditional program for students with no experience prepares students to sit for both the CST and CSFA examination.  CST students join the class in the 2nd year to complete the core requirements to sit for the CSFA examination.
  • RN Training Programs - Want to work in the O.R., but you have no experience?
    Take the initiative to train. O.R. Managers are looking for self-starters.  For current information, please call Libby McNaron at (850) 873-3551, or email lmcnaron@gulfcoast.edu .
    • Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) program - three classes

      NSP2090 RNFA Theory - 3 credits, online web-based, open-entry, open-exit course allows a student to work at their own pace and time. Apply for the class anytime January through August each year.

      NSP2090L RNFA LAB and Clinical - 3 credits, 4-5 days of hands-on training on site at the Panama City campus followed by clinical experiences at local healthcare facilities, with a surgeon sponsor. Web-based, online component allows a student to prepare for surgical procedures with confidence.
    • Perioperative Training for Registered Nurses (CNOR) program - two classes

      NSP 2290 Perioperative Nursing Theory Course or CNOR certification - offered as a web-based program. The student works at their own pace and gains the knowledge needed.  Apply to the program and register in March and April with classes starting in May. Training for Intraoperative Nursing requires technical knowledge of procedures, equipment, instruments, and supplies plus the assessment and planning skills to promote optimum patient care outcomes.

      NSP 2290L Perioperative Nursing Internship Course – This course is offered either as a Corequisite, or after taking the NSP2290 Theory Course.

  • Financial Aid Information - Follow instructions on how to apply for Financial Aid.
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