2022-2023 Surgical First Assistant, C.C.C.

Surgical First Assistant, C.C.C.

Prerequisite Courses: All must be completed with a ā€œCā€ or better.
ā€¢+*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
#*HSC1531, Medical Terminology 2
#*Microbiology for Perioperative Services 3
Major Courses
+#*STS1310, Surgical Tech & Procedures 5
+#*STS1310L, Surgical Tech & Proc Lab/Clinical 2
#*STS1340C, Pharmacology and Anesthesia 3
+#*STS1940C, Introduction to Surgery Clinical 2
+#*STS2323, Surgical Procedures I 4
+#*STS2323L, Surgical Procedures I Lab 1
+#*STS2324, Surgical Procedures II 3
+#*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
+#*STS2370, Surgical Assisting Clinical 2
+#*STS2936, Surgical Certification Symposium 1
+#*STS2944C, Surgical Technologist Clinical I 3
+#*STS2945C, Surgical Technologist Clinical II 3
#*STS2953, Surgical Technologist Portfolio I 1
#*STS2954, Surgical Technologist Portfolio II 1
Choose one: #*STS2366C, Surgical Assistant Professional Skills or #*STS2367, Management in Healthcare 2




ā€¢ General Education Core.

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

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

= Career Certificate course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

Health Sciences and Nursing

The Health Sciences and Nursing Divisions at Gulf Coast State College, have 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.

All Instructors are licensed and/or certified practitioners who are dedicated to helping you succeed in your chosen career field. Reach out to the program contact in your area with questions or concerns.

Health Sciences and Nursing Divisions Website

Health Sciences and Nursing Faculty

Health Sciences

Dental Assisting
Laurie Womble

Dental Hygiene
Miranda Stewart

Physical Therapist Assistant
Dr. Melinda Cumbaa

Lacy Newson

Respiratory Care
Jennifer Barber

Janice Skipper
850-769-1551 ext. 3390

Surgical Services
Shannon Smith

Division Chair
Laura Justice, CDA, RDH, MSED


Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified Nursing Assistant
Debbie Brzuska

Registered Nursing and AA
Dr. Martha Ruder

Dr. Randy Chitwood

Division Chair
Dr. Keri Matheus

Health Sciences Faculty

Name Title Phone Email
Kimberly Awls Assistant Professor (850) 747-3248 ext. 3248 kawls@gulfcoast.edu
Jennifer Barber Assistant Professor (850) 872-3837 ext. 3837 jbarber@gulfcoast.edu
Deborah Brzuska 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
Melinda Cumbaa Professor (850) 913-3312 ext. 3312 mcumbaa@gulfcoast.edu
Sabrina Elliott Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5888 selliott7@gulfcoast.edu
Nancy Gibson Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5841 ngibson2@gulfcoast.edu
Melissa Hobbs Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5521 mhobbs2@gulfcoast.edu
Laura Justice Professor (850) 872-3828 ext. 3828 ljustice@gulfcoast.edu
Christine Katzberger Assistant Professor ext. ckatzberg@gulfcoast.edu
Rebecca Kelly Assistant Professor (850) 769--1551 ext. -1551 rkelly@gulfcoast.edu
Denise Kenny Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3238 dkenny1@gulfcoast.edu
Jerrie Kirksey Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5833 jkirksey@gulfcoast.edu
Ada Kutina Assistant Professor ext. akutina@gulfcoast.edu
Lacy Newsom Assistant Professor (850) 913-3318 ext. 3318 lnewsom@gulfcoast.edu
Megan Olson Assistant Professor ext. molson4@gulfcoast.edu
Adam Padgett Instructor ext. apadgett@gulfcoast.edu
Brittany Page Instructor ext. bpage2@gulfcoast.edu
Theresa Porter Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5835 tporter1@gulfcoast.edu
Martha Ruder Professor (850) 913-3314 ext. 3314 mruder@gulfcoast.edu
Janice Skipper Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3390 jskippe10@gulfcoast.edu
Shannon Smith Instructor ext. ssmith@gulfcoast.edu
Kimberly Snow Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5817 ksnow1@gulfcoast.edu
Emily Speakman Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5846 espeakma1@gulfcoast.edu
Miranda Stewart Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3244 mstewart@gulfcoast.edu
Carol Strasburger-Miller Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3360 cmiller@gulfcoast.edu
Shelly Thornton Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5834 sthornto3@gulfcoast.edu
Elyse Wallace (850) 769-1551 ext. 5597 ewallace6@gulfcoast.edu
Lauriann Womble Assistant Professor (850) 747-3217 ext. 3217 lwomble@gulfcoast.edu


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