Derfus selected as Dean for Health Sciences

Stephanie Derfus headshotSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College recently selected Stephanie Derfus as its dean for Health Sciences. As dean, she is responsible for managing initiatives related to the Health Science programs and instructional services including community, high school and college programs; E-learning and faculty departments. She will also serve as a liaison between Academic Affairs and other units of the college.

Derfus has been the program director for the College’s Dental Assisting program since 2008. She recently served as its Exposure Control Coordinator. She has a master of science in career and technical education from the University of Wisconsin (Stout), a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point), and a dental assisting technical diploma from Fox Valley Technical College. She is currently pursuing the doctor of education in educational leadership with a higher education concentration at Georgia Southern University.

STC’s Health Sciences division offers programs that prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the health-care community including Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services Professions, Health Care Assistant (Central Sterile Processing, Nurse Aide, Patient Care Technician), Health Care Science (for Dental Hygiene and Surgical Technology), Medical Assisting, Medical Coding/Insurance Data Entry, Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology. Some of these programs use a competitive entry process. The division offers associate degrees to professional diplomas and technical certificates for programs that prepare graduates for careers in hospitals, dental offices, nursing homes and other health/illness care facilities, including home care.


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Health Sciences Academic Advisor: Cindy Cole

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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (