Paramedic Program Description
Transfer of Credits
Criteria for Completion of Each Phase
Criteria for Graduation
Tuition, Fees and Program Costs
Student Withdrawal Policy
Refunds (Tuition / Fees)
The Good Fellowship Ambulance & Emergency Medical Service Training Institute (GFAEMSTI) Paramedic Program 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 prehospital or clinical setting.
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.
The objectives of the program are:
To prepare competent entry level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor 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
• Anesthesia Department
• Psychiatric Emergency Department
• Trauma Team
• Respiratory Care
• Communications Center
As part of the program, students complete field clinical course work with a number of excellent emergency medical services agencies in the Chester, 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:
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
• Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
• Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
• Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
The GFAEMSTI has applied for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33756
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center accreditation is through The Joint Commission (TJC) formerly, The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Information can be found on our websites.
Good Fellowship Training Institute
West Chester, PA
GFAEMSTI 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 must pass an oral interview with select panel members from GFEMSTI faculty and other EMS professionals.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Pass an Enrollment Physical which includes a drug screen.
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 Standard Curriculum 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 GFAEMSTI Paramedic Program as it is a certificate program. Advanced placement may be recognized by institutions that GFAEMSTI has an agreement with, or other institutions that agree to accept credit hours for our program.
GFAEMSTI Paramedic Program is a certificate program. At the successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the National Registry written and practical 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.
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No credit is offered for experiential learning.
There are two phases (periods) for the program. Phase 1 runs from the beginning of class (September) to the winter holidays (December). Phase 2 is from January to the end of the program (August).
Phase 1 Didactic
Phase 2 Didactic
All Specialty Certifications
Phase 1 Practical
Phase 2 Practical
CPR – Healthcare Provider
IV Access / Medication Administration
Medical & Trauma Assessments
Pediatric IV/IO Access & Advanced Airway
Review all National Registry Skills
Satisfactory Academic Progress
It is the intent of the GFAEMSTI Paramedic Program 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:
1) Obtain a C or better in each class.
2) If you fail to earn a C on the initial attempt at a test, you will be placed on academic probation. Failure to obtain a C or better the second time will result in academic dismissal from the program.
3) Failure of 2 or more tests in one Phase will result in dismissal from the program.
4) You must maintain a 2.0 grade point average at all times. If your GPA falls below 2.0, 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 C or better in all required tests in the professional curriculum. Students who receive a grade below a C must successfully repeat that test (attainment of a grade of C or better).
The school reserves the right to drop a student at any time for reasons deemed adequate by the Program Director and faculty.
Tuition for the Paramedic Program is $9,500(USD) (2012). Tuition includes all books, materials and fees. 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.
The GFAEMSTI Paramedic Program 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:http://www.boundtree.com/training/scholarships/.
1Tuition is subject to change. Please contact us for the most up-to-date tuition breakdowns.
GFAEMSTI 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:
Amount of Refund
Prior to 3rd class
Prior to 5th class
Prior to 9th class
After 8th class
GFAEMSTI ALS Training Institute Refund Policy
GFAEMSTI 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:
- 75% refund before end of 1st week of classes
- 50% refund before end of 2nd week of classes
- 25% refund before end of 3rd week of classes
- Fourth week forward no refunds made
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.
William M. Wells Sr., B.S., NREMT-P
Program Administrative Director
Mr. Wells oversees all aspects of Good Fellowship Ambulance and EMS Training Institute. Mr. Wells has been a paramedic for twelve years and is a Pennsylvania certified EMS instructor. Mr. Wells received his B.S. in Health Sciences from West Chester University. Mr. Wells is a past president of the Chester County EMS Council and presently participates on the PEHSC Board of Directors.
Jerry L. Peters, B.S., NREMT-P
ALS Program Director
As the Program Director, Mr. Peters is responsible for the management and supervision of the course. He is responsible for scheduling all instructors and field preceptors. As well as being responsible for site visits of all clinical and field sites throughout the county. Finally, he is ultimately assigned the task of preparing each student for their new role as a Paramedic when they graduate from the course. Mr. Peters has been a paramedic for over 20 years and is a Pennsylvania certified EMS Instructor. He is Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association and an instructor trainer in basic cardiac life support (BCLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Mr. Peters received his B.S. in Health Sciences and minor in Instructional Media from West Chester University
Al Kalbach, EMT-P
Clinical Coordinator / Simulation Specialist/BLS Training Coordinator
As Clinical Coordinator, Al manages the field and clinical rotation time for students at all our sites and reviews and tracks student performance. As Simulation Specialist, Al creates and administers scenarios to prepare the student for real world patient encounters and the National Registry practical test. Al has been a paramedic for over 30 years, has written various books and articles and holds various instructor credentials. Besides his duties here at the training institute, Al is a professional photographer and videographer who has been featured by national organizations and the film industry.
Beverly A. Mikuriya, M.D.
In her role as Medical Director, Dr. Mikuriya oversees all aspects of the didactic education. Dr. Mikuriya is an attending physician and former Chairman for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Chester County Hospital. Dr. Mikuriya has over thirty years of experience and is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mikuriya received her M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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.
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