FAQ

Professor David Sutton

David Sutton is a Firefighter/Paramedic for Gainesville Fire Rescue with 9 years of field experience. Outside of the First Responder course, he works as both a front-line responder, a SWAT Medic, and an assistant professor for the Santa Fe College Paramedic program. As a University of Florida alumnus with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, he is passionate about medical education and community outreach. For his outstanding work, Professor Sutton has been awarded both Firefighter of the year and EMS provider of the year from Gainesville Fire Rescue. He is currently collaborating with Captain Joseph Hillhouse to develop the first Community Resource Paramedic program in Gainesville, which will connect underutilized resources to local underserved populations. In his free time, David enjoys volunteering with the P.K. Yonge Robotics team and spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and newborn son, Xavier.
None at all! All you need is an interest in learning about Emergency Medicine, and we will teach you the rest. If you do have prior certifications or experience, that is also excellent! Our class is composed of students from all academic interests and experience levels, there are no requirements whatsoever.
The First Respondercertification lasts two years from the date of course completion. The BLS for Healthcare Providers certification also lasts for two years after completion.
No, you do not have to be a current UF student to take our First Responder course.
No, this is a certification course and does not affect your GPA or excess hour surcharge in any way.
We want you to be proficient in your knowledge and skills, so we do administer several assessments throughout the course. There are 10 online quizzes, a multiple-choice midterm, and a combined practical/multiple-choice final exam. Most students find that our assessments are straightforward and do not require much time to study for outside the lecture.
We try to make the class as minimally time consuming as possible, but we always recommend to study outside of class and practice the skills we teach you! There are no assessments other than 10 short quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam based on the skills you learn. Most students find that they can easily balance the First Responder course with any other classes they have.
No, we will teach the BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR class on your first lab day. Therefore, attendance on the first day is especially important and mandatory.
Although not required, we recommend the following textbook for the class, as quiz and exam material is taken from it: Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care | ISBN: 9781449693008 | Author: AAOS.
Yes, you must have a manual sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope for the class. We will be taking vital signs regularly, and these supplies are necessary for practice. Any quality/brand/color will work as long as it is functional. A recommendation: if you are taking this course to dip your toes in the field of medicine, it may not be appropriate to buy a new Littmann Cardiology IV (an expensive stethoscope). However, if you know you are going to practice medicine, come hell or high water, this may be the time to invest in a quality stethoscope for the future.
The cost of the First Responder course is $70. This includes the cost of CPR certification and GFR ride-alongs.
Your First Responder and CPR certificates will build your resume and allow you to apply for jobs that require basic First Responder level training. Do you have a passion for teaching? If you excel in your class, we will invite you to become a Lab Teaching Assistant for future classes! The Gator Emergency Medical Response Unit (GEMRU) is always looking for more student volunteers. GEMRU, under the UF Division of Public Safety, is on medical standby at various events on campus. These events offer you direct patient contact hours that you can report on professional school applications. EMR certification is also a prerequisite for many Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) schools, and many of our students go to EMT school during the Summer after their EMR class.
We are aware of other group(s) offering EMR classes in online and audio formats, however, we are not affiliated with them in any way. It is understood that there are currently no other registered student organizations at the University of Florida that offer EMR or First Responder classes nor have the same professional affiliations that we do. If you are not registering for EMR at Eventbrite.com, you are not registering with our organization. First Responder Gator is an official organization at UF affiliated with Student Activities and Involvement, UF Police Department, and the Department of Recreational Sports. We guarantee that all of our members and students will receive exclusive opportunities unmatched by other groups on the UF campus. With our in-class lecture format, you only have to devote time to FRG once or twice per week, depending on your lab section, and there are no lectures to watch outside of class. We try to make things easy and less time consuming for you, plain and simple. Choose which learning style works for you!