Part-Time Night Program - September 4, 2018.
Accredited Paramedic Program Offerings in 2018 Are Listed Above
Good Fellowship Ambulance Training Institute, 3rd Floor
600 Montgomery Ave (Station 55)
West Chester, PA 19380
Tuition & Fees for the program include everything a student needs to complete the program.
- Tuition: $6,400.00
- Program Deposit $500 Deposit Includes
- Drug Screening
- Background Check
- Student Lab Fee: $1,700.00 and includes:
- Skills Tracking Software
- Disposable EMS Equipment (IV catheters, saline flushes, etc)
- Simulation Equipment (simulated medications, simulation skins, other simulation & task training supplies for each student)
- Off-site interactive activities
- Student Resource Fee: $1,900 and includes:
- All Course Textbooks
- Course Testing Software
- Course Management Software Account
- Uniforms and Gear for Clinical Rotations & Ride-Time
- Additional EMS Certifications (ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, etc)
- NREMT Cognitive Exam Voucher
- Student Liability Insurance
- Total: $10,500
Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Payments are to be made on the following schedule:
- A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 (USD) is due upon acceptance into the program.
- Various forms of payment are available upon request of administration.
Students may not proceed to the next session without having paid for that session due by the first day of that session.
*Tuition is subject to change. Please contact us for the most up-to-date tuition breakdowns.
The GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium is eligible for Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. No other financial aid is available through the program.
Scholarships are also available through BoundTree Medical for qualified students. Please see their website, and other agencies.
Student Withdrawal Policy
GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium understands that emergencies and certain extenuating circumstances arise that could potentially prevent a student from completing his or her education. With this in mind, the following policy will apply to the Paramedic Program.
Formal written notification from the student (and legal guardian if student is a minor) to the Program Director must be submitted in person for all withdraws.
E-mail, fax, or verbal notification will not guarantee the student’s prompt removal from the program and could significantly decrease the amount of tuition refunded.
If a student has verbally withdrawn from the program and has not followed up with formal written notification within five days, the student will be dismissed from the program. However, if proper notification is made, the following tuition refund schedule will apply excluding materials cost and $500 deposit/processing fee:
GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium Refund Policy
GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium has set forth the following policy for refunding students tuition for the paramedic program. A student may apply for a refund of that tuition that was due by the first day of each session based on the following schedule:
- Prior to the 3rd class 100%
- Prior to the 5th class 75%
- Prior to the 8th class 25%
- After the 9th class there will be no refund
If a student withdraws from the program within the first three weeks of classes because of a call to active duty in the armed services (certified by an appropriate agency), a disabling accident, or serious illness (certified by a physician). You will receive a cash refund according to the above schedule. In addition, credit will be given for the balance of tuition paid to be applied to future tuition charges.
The GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium is a one year certificate program, and provides training for the student in necessary cognitive and practical advanced life support skills necessary for an entry level paramedic to successfully operate in a pre-hospital or clinical setting. This on-line catalog is true and correct in content and policy.
Our program utilizes current and modern equipment based on the national standard curriculum for EMS, and prepares the student to pass the practical and written National Registry tests.
To prepare competent entry level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the Cognitive (Knowledge), Psychomotor(skills), Affective(Behavior) learning domains.
- Demonstrate cognitive and critical thinking skills necessary to provide proper care to patients suffering from medical or trauma incidents.
- Perform advanced life support skills based on local, state and national guidelines and protocols.
- Provide a safe environment for patients, team members, other agencies and the public.
- Communicate pertinent patient information to other healthcare professionals, and accomplish required documentation as required by state and national requirements.
Clinical and field training provide an opportunity to develop and apply clinical knowledge and skills to the actual treatment of emergency patients. Students are required to average between 16 – 24 clinical hours per week.
As students are instructed in the theoretical practice of emergency medicine, they participate in various supervised clinical experiences. These experiences are designed to refine the skills involved in patient care.
During clinical and field training, students have an opportunity to rotate through some of the area’s most respected emergency medical services and health care facilities. While in training, each student completes in-hospital clinical experience in the following areas:
- Emergency Department
- Critical Care (Coronary Care Unit, Trauma ICU, Cardiac Cath Lab, etc.)
- Burn Care
- Operating Room Rotation
- Trauma Team
- Respiratory Care
As part of the program, students complete field clinical course work with a number of excellent emergency medical services agencies in the Chester, Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery County areas.
The field and clinical training enables students to apply their knowledge and clinical skills in the out-of-hospital environment. Each student is assigned an experienced paramedic who will serve as a preceptor and mentor during each term.
At the successful completion of the didactic and clinical courses, students are required to complete a 120 hour Summative Field Evaluation. This summative evaluation provides students the opportunity to serve as a team leader and to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the role of an entry level paramedic.
As part of the curriculum design, the didactic and practical experiences allow the students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain certification/successful course completion in the following specialty courses:
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
- Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS)
- Pediatric Emergencies for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)
- The Difficult Airway Course: EMS
The GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center accreditation is through The Joint Commission (TJC) formerly, The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, religion, age, political beliefs, disability, or any other factor, in its employment practices or in its policies relating to recruitment of students. We do reserve the right to revise tuition and fees without prior notice if it becomes necessary.
Requirements for Admission
- Be a current state or Nationally Registered EMT with a valid card.
- Have either a High School diploma or a recognized GED.
- The student must pass a qualifying written exam to be accepted to the Paramedic Program.
- The student will be evaluated using a Selective Assessment tool.
- based on your High School or College Assessment
- employment assessment component as well where points are awarded for military service, current certifications, professional organization memberships, etc
- the final component is the oral interview and the entrance exam.
- The student must pass an oral interview with select panel members from Consortium faculty and other EMS professionals.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Pass a drug screen.
- National Incident Management Courses (NIMS) – 100,200,and 700
The following aptitudes are required by the PA DOH and are a minimum foundation that each program builds upon. Please see specific course handbook for further information on requirements.
Students must have visual acuity sufficient to distinguish visual color discrimination in examining patients and determining by appearance diagnostic signs that require immediate detection and proper action
Students must have hearing acuity sufficient to receive verbal directions and instructions and to distinguish diagnostic signs
Students must have the ability to read and write English sufficiently to read items such as prescription bottles, and to write English sufficiently to complete patient record forms and examination
Students must have the ability to perform the skill objectives as outlined in the EMT National Educational Standards as well as the functional job description of an EMT provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS
Note: A waiver request may be submitted in writing to the Program Director if accommodation is needed for any of these. A request for accommodation does not guarantee reprieve or special considerations. All accommodation requests must be submitted prior to the start of the second class and the Training Institute will only offer the same accommodations as that is allowable from the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of EMS. All students must have the aptitudes as listed above when taking the practical skills examination for certification. Medical problems must be resolved prior to taking the practical examinations.
No advanced placement policy is used for the GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium as it is a certificate program. Advanced placement may be recognized by institutions that GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium has an agreement with, or other institutions that agree to accept credit hours for our program.
Transfer of Credits
GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium is a certificate program. At the successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the National Registry cognitive and psychomotor tests.
The student has the option to obtain credits through enrollment in West Chester University. Credits will be applied to a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences upon successful completion of the Paramedic Training Program and successful NRP Certification.
Dr. James Brenner
CONTACT (610) 436-3357
No credit is offered for experiential learning.
Plan of Study for Completion
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Medical Terminology
- Fundamentals of ALS
- Emergency Airway Management
- Cardiac Emergencies
- Medical Emergencies
- Traumatic Emergencies
- Paramedic Capstone
- Paramedic Clinical I
- Paramedic Clinical II
- Paramedic Clinical III
- Paramedic Lab I
- Paramedic Lab II
- Paramedic Lab III
Criteria for Graduation
Satisfactory Academic Progress
It is the intent of the GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium to provide for the individual needs of the student and ensure you are afforded the best opportunity to successfully complete the cognitive and psychomotor requirements of the program. If you feel that you are in need of individual attention, it is available; however, it is your responsibility to ask for it.
You are expected to:
- Obtain a 70% or better in each class.
- If you fail to earn a 75% unless otherwise noted on the initial attempt at a test, you will be placed on academic probation. Failure to obtain a 75% or better the second time will result in academic dismissal from the program.
- Failure of 2 or more tests in one Phase will result in dismissal from the program.
- You must maintain a 75% grade average at all times. If your average falls below 80%, you will be placed on academic probation. Two consecutive phases on academic probation will result in academic dismissal from the program.
You are expected to take all of the quizzes and exams as scheduled. In the isolated instance when an emergency prevents you from taking an exam with a class, you must contact your instructor immediately.
All students must receive a 75% or better unless otherwise noted in all required tests in the professional curriculum. Students who receive a grade below a 75% must successfully repeat that test (attainment of a grade of 75% or better).
The school reserves the right to drop a student at any time for reasons deemed adequate by the Program Director and faculty
Revision Date: April 3, 2018
Kimberly A. Holman, BSN, PHRN
Mrs. Holman oversees all aspects of Good Fellowship Ambulance and EMS Training Institute. Mrs. Holman has been a pre-hospital provider for twenty-one years and is a Pennsylvania certified EMS instructor. Mrs. Holman received her BSN from Wilmington University.
Mrs. Holman also functions as the President/CEO of the GFC-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium.
Keith Widmeier , B.A., NRP, FP-C
As the Director of Education, oversees all of the classes offered by Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute. Mr. Widmeier has been a prehospital provider for over 15 years working as in urban, suburban, and rural settings for both ground and air medical services. He has an extensive background in EMS education and is actively involved in national movements within EMS. Mr Widmeier serves on the Journal of Emergency Medical Services Editorial Review Board, the National Association of EMTs Education Committee, the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals committee, and is a regular author for various textbooks and journal articles.
Herbert Schiffer, DO, EMT-P
Dr. Schiffer began his career as an EMT at Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute. He worked for several years throughout Chester County as an EMT and a paramedic before going to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing an Emergency Medicine Residency, he returned to Chester County to work as an Emergency Room Physician. He currently serves as the medical director for Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute as well as several other departments within the area. He is an active part of all of our educational offerings and often lectures in various classes.
Dianne G. Lanham, M.S.N., R.N., C.P.H.Q.
Ms. Lanham provides counseling and support services for students enrolled in the Good Fellowship EMS Training Institute’s Paramedic Program. Ms. Lanham is the Patient Safety and Quality Officer for the Chester County Hospital. She has also held the positions of Process Improvement Coordinator, Mental Health Instructor, Administrative Supervisor, and Nurse Manager for the Emergency Department. She is a Certified Professional for Health Care Quality and has over thirty-five years nursing experience. She received her Masters in Nursing from Widener University, Chester, PA.
Kerri Barrett, BS, NRP
Ms. Barrett has worked for over a decade as a paramedic in West Chester. While working for Chester County Hospital as a paramedic she coordinated their annual EMS conference. She has also obtained her AHA and NAEMT instructor. As the Clinical Skills Coordinator, Ms. Barrett coordinates the students clinical and field experiences across the educational course offerings. She also instructs regularly, particularly on our practical skills days.