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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 MPS, NREMT-P

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 MD, FACEP

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. 

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.
Lisa Philipp MSN, RN

Healthcare Administration 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.                                                                                              

Tony Chin, BA


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

Richard Gonzalez, EMT-P

Vice President of Admissions & Compliance

Tony Chin, FF/EMT-P

Training Captain, Tamarac Fire Rescue

Kulbir SIngh, BA

Distant Education Specialist

Richard Scott, FF/EMT-P

Deputy EMS Chief, Bonita Springs Fire Rescue

Marie Ferrer, PhD

Distant Education Specialist