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Braxton's History

Braxton College is an academic institution dedicated to providing educational programs in the allied health, emergency medical and fire service professions. As a provider of higher education, we strive to create an environment in which students are encouraged to grow personally and professionally through appreciation and commitment to life-long learning. Our coursework is designed to teach students to think independently, critically, and to improve problem-solving abilities. We are devoted to creating an environment where students are prepared to be productive and successful contributors to the professions and in the communities, they serve.

                                                               

Braxton College is committed to sound business practices that parallel the business principles of the surrounding communities.  The administration, in conjunction with institutional advisory board, believes that the institution makes an important contribution to the economic growth and social well-being of the tri-county area it serves.

Braxton College was founded in the State of Florida as the board recognized a need for private school training for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. The ownership has over 75 years of combined experience in the industry and take an active role in the operations of the College. The passion for EMS grew to additional programs and eventually Associates level and Bachelor level academic degrees. 

The philosophy of the organization remains consistent through the years to meet the needs of the community and the students. The goal is to offer high quality education at an affordable college level price. The Board of Directors of Braxton College is actively involved in several committees throughout the state regarding Emergency Healthcare and Education. While still practicing in the field, the Board remains up to date in the industry needs and implements those changes into the college curriculum.

Board of Directors

Bill McGrath

Vice President of Academics

Bill McGrath MPS; NREMT-P; Bill has been operating private schools in the State of Florida since 1999. He currently has an Associate’s Degree in EMS from Broward College, a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Executive Management from St. Thomas University. 
Antonio Gandia

Medical Director/Founder

Antonio Gandia, MD., FACEP is a board certified Emergency Physician and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a practicing Emergency Physician since 1988, and has been involved in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine education since 1991 as a Medical Director and educator.
Richard Gonzalez

Vice President of Admissions and Compliance

Richard Gonzalez, is a lieutenant Paramedic for Miami Dade Fire Rescue and has been a paramedic on an ALS unit since May 2000. He started his career in May, 2000 with Margate Fire Rescue. Richard began teaching EMS for a small private school in Coconut Creek in 2000. 

Accredition and Affiliations

Braxton College is licensed by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education. For additional information regarding the institution, if licensed may be obtained by contacting the Commission for Independent Education, Department of Education,325 W. Gaines Street, Suite #1414, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400, toll-free 888-224- 6684. For additional information Accreditation, Braxton College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools also known as ABHES. The Firefighter I and II are approved by CIE and the Florida Fire College. Programmatic Credentialing Braxton College, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic programs are approved by both CIE and the Florida Department of Health,4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399, 850-245-4444.

Programmatic Credentialing

Braxton College’s Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic programs are approved
by both CIE and the Florida Department of Health, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399,
850-245-4444

Faculty & Staff

Freddie Batista

Director of Information Technology

FREDDIE BATISTA has been revolutionary Training and Development Expert with over 20 years of experience in hands-on and Online Training. He has pioneered the adaptation of open-source LMS’s and eLearning environments for both Corporations and Government Agencies. He has designed and created several Learning Management System and Online Training environments in Corporate, State, and Local Government. He has worked with both State and Local Government Agencies and Corporations in both training and technology environments.
Yaro Garcia

Psychology Instructor

Ms. Garcia has been an outstanding advocate since 2009.  She has been recognized for her role in helping agencies in founding, creating and starting programs to improve and increase awareness and identification of vulnerabilities and needs within agencies and the community.  She is a nationally recognized expert in human trafficking and is highly sought out for her expertise in finding and addressing gaps. Mrs. Garcia has the outmost knowledge and expertise about the services available and the programs in our community. 
Lisa Phillips

Instructor

Lisa Philipp, RN, OCN, MSN, has over 25 years of experience in the nursing field. She started her career in the inpatient hospital setting before transferring to outpatient practice in 1993. She earned her national oncology certification in 2006. She has worked in various roles in oncology care including education, infusion, pharmacy as well as compliance. She has implemented many quality programs at various practice sites and earned government incentives for the practices.                                                                                              

Ed Fry

Faculty

Hi and welcome to the ever expanding online education! Ed Fry here with a career in public safety stemming back to 1982 after serving in the U.S. Army, combat infantryman. Medicine was my calling after working in Anesthesia at John’s Hopkins in 1988. Moving further into medicine, I became Paramedic/Firefighter with  Broward county and Martin County Fire Rescue until retiring in 2005. Having the Paramedic desire, I became a Critical Care Flight Paramedic covering the Bush with Guardian Flight. 
Kelly Keys

Faculty

Kelly is a registered nurse for 22 years, with experience working in the Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Services. She is currently is the Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department at Broward Health. Her duties include oversight for all response issues to critical incidents, emergency preparedness, matters related to weapons of mass destruction, and natural or man-made disasters for all of Broward Health. 

Continuing Education

At Braxton College, our goal is to help working professionals to enhance their career and learn new skills for a developing working environment. Our continuing education course list provides a wide range of subjects and most courses can be finished in a little as four weeks, making it convenient to fit into your busy schedule.

Diploma Programs

Build your expertise. Diploma programs give you the specialization you need to keep ahead of trends, seek greater career opportunities and stay competitive. Our diploma programs align with industry needs and continuing education requirements.

Professional Development

Maintain a competitive edge. Our non-degree professional development programs give you the management and leadership skills you need to get ahead in project management, human resources and business operations.

Advisory Board

Eloy Ricardo, EMT-P

Fire Chief, North Naples

Tony Chin, FF/EMT-P

Training Captain, Tamarac Fire Rescue

Richard Scott, FF/EMT-P

Deputy EMS Chief, Bonita Springs Fire Rescue

Richard Gonzalez, EMT-P

Vice President of Admissions & Compliance

Marie Ferrer, PhD

Distant Education Specialist

Kulbir SIngh, BA

Distant Education Specialist