Mrs. Brigitta Nuccio is a nationally certified and Florida licensed Physician Assistant and a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Mrs. Nuccio graduated Valedictorian of Cottondale High School in 1997. Cottondale is a small, rural town in Northwest Florida. She then attended the Florida State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2000. Two months later, Mrs. Nuccio began Physician Assistant school at the University of Florida. In June 2002, she received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Mrs. Nuccio began her PA career in Primary Care. In 2007, she decided to focus exclusively on Tobacco Cessation and Training. For seven years, Mrs. Nuccio had been employed by the Big Bend Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Tallahassee, Florida and was solely responsible for overseeing a satellite office in Marianna, Florida. She facilitated Quit Smoking Now and Tools to Quit classes throughout various communities and worksites in Florida. She also trained countless cessation facilitators, healthcare professionals, and students. She was the host of a weekly television show entitled Tobacco Talks! that aired on Comcast channel 4. Mrs. Nuccio wrote a book entitled, Quit Smoking Success, which was published by Authorhouse and released in October 2009.
During her time at Big Bend AHEC, Mrs. Nuccio also re-established the health careers summer camp. A week long camp for high school students residing in a 5 county rural area who were interested in pursuing a health career. The camp had great success and was held at Chipola College in Marianna, FL for five years under the direction of Mrs. Nuccio.
Aside from her medical practice and service, Mrs. Nuccio has also been in leadership roles with the civic organization, Optimist International. She has been the chair for the oratorical scholarship competition for many years at the local, regional, and district levels. She has also been recognized as a Distinguished Club President and as an Optimist International Builder of Excellence.
Since the summer 2014, Mrs. Nuccio has been part of the faculty teaching the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification course through the Florida State University College of Medicine AHEC Program office. She was also a member of the first Florida Certification Board Tobacco Treatment Specialists Exam Validation Committee in 2014.
Mrs. Nuccio has been a member of the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program Alumni Advisory Board since its inception in early 2014.
In January, 2014 Mrs. Nuccio founded Missions for a Healthy World, Inc., a non-profit corporation whose mission is to enhance the quality of healthcare by improving access, advancing education, and inspiring change for our future. In August 2015, Mrs. Nuccio was recognized as Humanitarian PA of the Year by the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants.
In November 2015, Mrs. Nuccio obtained her Mobile Integrated Healthcare credential and began working in transitional care. She provided in home care for patients who were at high risk for hospital readmission. She also worked to decrease the inappropriate utilization of the healthcare system by seeing patients identified to be frequently visiting emergency rooms. The goal of this type of care is to help patients understand how to better manage their healthcare issues and seek treatment via appropriate avenues. Mrs. Nuccio currently continues her clinical experience one day per week in this setting.
In December 2016, Mrs. Nuccio accepted a position as founding principal faculty for the Florida State University College of Medicine, School of Physician Assistant Practice. Professor Nuccio is a member of the team that will welcome the inaugural class of FSU PA students in August 2017.
• June 2002, Graduate of University of Florida, College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, Master of Physician Assistant Studies
• April 2000, Graduate of Florida State University, Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science; Magna Cum Laude Honors
• December 1997, Received Associate of Arts Certificate from Florida State University
• August 1994 - June 1997, Attended Chipola Junior College, Marianna, Florida; Dual-enrollment
• June 1997, Graduate of Cottondale High School, Cottondale, Florida; Valedictorian
• November 2007, Completed Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
• November 2015, Completed Mobile Integrated Healthcare Training, Provider Core Curriculum, Unplanned Care and Transitional Care, Evolution Health, Medical Command Center, Pompano Beach, FL
• Florida Certification Board, Member of the first Tobacco Treatment Specialists Exam Validation Committee, 2014
• University of Florida, College of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program Alumni Advisory Board member since its inception, Spring 2014
• Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, FAPA, served as the Area Representative for Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties, Fall 2005- December 2006
• Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, FAPA, member of the Faculty Relations Committee
• Florida State University College of Medicine, member of the Rural Learning Experience (RuLE) Committee
• August 2015: Honored as Humanitarian PA of the Year by the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA)
• Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, FAPA, since 2000
• American Academy of Physician Assistants, AAPA
• Physician Assistant Education Association, PAEA
• Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence, ATTUD
• Author of a book entitled, Quit Smoking Success, published by Authorhouse, October 2009, ISBN 978-1-4490-3984-4