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Why Choose ETA?

So why should you trust Emergency Training Associates for all your training needs? The reasons are many, but here are a few.

  • Students LOVE our program. View some of our testimonials and you will see how much our students love the course. The content of all courses we teach follow the same standards that other instructors and institutes follow. The EMT and EMR courses follow the 2011 National EMS Education Standards. Our CPR and First Aid programs follow the American Heart Association standards. How we present our programs, however, is unique to ETA. Many students who take our CPR course have consistently said they learned more in our class than in any other class they had taken. These are healthcare providers who have taken numerous CPR courses in the past. The way we present our EMT and EMR courses is also unique to ETA, in order to ensure students feel confident with skills by the end of the course.

  • If you are an EMR looking to become an EMT, we wrote the curriculum for this course, which decreases the amount of in-class skills session you need to attend. We are the only training institute to offer this bridge course.

  • We literally wrote the book on EMS Training. The founder of ETA is the author of numerous textbooks and instructor resource manuals. She has written material for all the major publishers of EMS books including Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Elsevier, Mosby/JEMS, Prentice Hall (Brady), and McGraw Hills. She wrote EMT Transition Manual used in the EMT Refresher course and contributed three of the chapters of the textbook used in the EMT course, Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 11th ed.

  • Our commitment. Our instructors are the most committed group in the area. We truly care about our students. While some attend because they "need to" for certification reasons, we are committed to ensuring that each and every student is prepared when they leave whatever course they take. We are committed not only to the student, but to the community in which they serve. Every instructor at ETA has the same benchmark for student success, and it's not a test score. Would you want the graduate of the program to care for your loved one? We make sure that at the end of any program, from basic CPR to Emergency Medical Technician, each and every student is well prepared and confident in his or her ability to get the job done.

  • Quality. At ETA, we take our job very seriously. We believe the quality of our training is what sets us apart from the rest. Our programs are developed and tested to ensure effectiveness and quality. Exams are written using the same standardization and validation as national certification exams. In fact, our staff has written test questions used in previous state certification exams. Practical skills scenarios are written to ensure realism and validity. In fact, our staff has written scenarios for multiple text books and review manuals used nation wide. In addition, you can rest assured that the information we present will be the most accurate and up-to-date possible. Our philosophy at ETA is simple.... Quality in = Quality out. A quality program with quality instructors will result in quality emergency responders. From basic CPR through every level of certification, when an emergency hits, you are there to do a job. At ETA, we make sure you are confident in your ability to do the job right. The life you save may be a loved one.

  • Our success rates. We have designed our courses to ensure your success. While other institutes may dismiss students they feel won't be successful in certification exams (there by lowering pass rates), we work with our students to ensure success. This has led to not only nearly all students who enroll successfully completing a course, but significantly higher than average pass rates on certification exams as well.

  • Experience. All of our instructors are seasoned educators and emergency responders. The founder has been an EMS educator for over 33 years. Several other instructors have at least 20 years experience. And with that experience comes the ability to anticipate problems and prevent issues. It also allows us to create the most dynamic, interpreting, and fun learning experience possible.

  • Flexibility. We are available to meet whatever your needs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year. We are here to get the job done. We can teach a few students throughout the day or bring everyone together for one large class session. We can accommodate whatever works best for your organization. In addition, we offer many online programs. Other programs are hybrid, where "book work" is done online and practical skills are learned in the classroom. This allows the student the opportunity to learn the information on his or her own schedule, and then come together to learn the skills. Our staff are experts in online learning and have created dynamic programs to ensure you learn the material your way, the right way.

  • We can tailor courses to your specific needs. When one of the "off the shelf" training programs just won't do, ETA has instructional designers on staff who have the knowledge and expertise to create a training program that takes into account your target audience, topics most likely encountered in your industry, and any special needs.

About the Founder

Catherine A. Parvensky Barwell, M.Ed., RN, PHRN, EMT-IT

Catherine began her career in Emergency Services in 1985 as an EMT and quickly advanced to an instructor in 1986. She received her RN diploma from Brandywine School of Nursing, B.S. in EMS Administration from Hahnemann University, and M.Ed. in Instructional Systems, Training Design and Development from Penn State University in December 1993. Catherine is currently certified as a Prehospital Registered Nurse (the Pennsylvania equivalent to a Nurse Paramedic) and one of only 17 EMS Instructor Trainers recognized in Pennsylvania.

Catherine is an adjunct faculty member for the Allied Health Department at Delaware County Community College, teaching Medical Terminology, Conditions of Illness, and Patient Care Assistant courses preparing students for EKG technician and Phlebotomy certification exams. She was previously an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the M.S. in Health Care Educational Technology program at Hahnemann University. While at Hahnemann, she was instrumental in the development of Hahnemann’s distance learning program, offering the first online courses in the area. Since then, she has developed numerous online training programs and currently teaches website development and computer-based training.

From 2006 until January 2011, Catherine managed the EMT training program at Good Fellowship EMS Training Institute in West Chester, PA. Under her direction, the quality of the EMTs graduated by the institute improved significantly, obtaining pass rates of 100% and average test scores of 83.5% on state certification examinations.

During her career in EMS education, Catherine has served as an EMT Instructor and Instructor Trainer, Course Coordinator, State Fire Academy Instructor, American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Instructor Trainer, Chester County Regional EMS Training Coordinator, and Director of Training for Chester County Department of Emergency Services. As Director of Training, she was responsible for all aspects of all EMS, Community, Fire and Hazardous Materials training as well as 9-1-1 Public Information programs. She implemented the first Police AED training program in the Commonwealth, training and equipping numerous Police Departments in Chester County with life-saving AED units. In addition, she developed and piloted the original First Responder to EMT bridge course adopted by PA DOH.

As part of the Regional EMS Council, Catherine was responsible for ensuring compliance with education standards and administration of state certification examinations. In addition, she participated in numerous statewide committees working with the PA DOH Division of EMS in curriculum development, continuing education standards, and development of state certification examinations. In 1994, Catherine was awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Services’ State EMT Instructor of the Year award.

Catherine has served as a presenter at several state and national EMS Conferences including multiple JEMS conferences. She is also an accomplished author, having written over 25 EMT and Paramedic textbooks, workbooks and instructor resource materials for Elsevier Health Science Publishers, Prentice Hall, and most recently Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Her first book, Teaching EMS, published by Mosby/Elsevier, was one of the first textbooks devoted entirely to teaching new instructors how to effectively teach EMS providers. Her most recent EMT Transition textbook published in October 2011 by Jones and Bartlett Publishing. Catherine has also authored a series of children’s books titled The Adventures of Tommi Lance which teach children about safety. An innovator, Catherine also developed AED Alive, the first computer based simulation training program which taught CPR/AED, as her M.Ed. thesis, and sold it in 1993 to  Laerdal Corporation, the manufacturer of Resusci Anne CPR manikins.

Catherine is also an instructional designer, implementing numerous training programs. She is currently working on development of a curriculum and instructional materials for the EMS Agenda for the Future transition to a new set of guidelines for Emergency Medical Responder, EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic training programs adopted throughout the Country.

In addition, Catherine is the principal of Integrated Learning Technology, Inc., a website design and development firm established in 2000. She has developed countless websites for small and large businesses and has implemented numerous online training programs. In this venue, Catherine has been able to incorporate all her knowledge and skills in instructional design, EMS, education and technology, to produce some of the most dynamic training programs available.

During her career, Catherine has trained thousands of emergency services providers and is committed to producing the most prepared graduates of any training program in which she is affiliated. This dedication came as a result of arriving at the scene of an accident involving her sister and when she looked around at the first responders, EMTs, and Paramedics at the scene, she realized she had taught every one of them and thought “Oh my God, they only know what I taught them.”

In addition to her certifications as PHRN, CPR/First Aid Instructor, and EMT Instructor Trainer, she has also been certified in EVOC, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Firefighting I, Radiological Monitoring, Hazardous Materials Operations, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Radiologic Emergencies, and Incident Command Systems. She has also participated in the coordination of numerous Mass Casualty Incident drills and manned the Chester County Emergency Operations Center during numerous county-wide disasters. Catherine is also a “Master of Disaster”, specializing in moulage, the art of using make-up to add realism to the classroom.

In her spare time, Catherine has served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Marshallton United Methodist Church's preschool, President of the Downingtown Middle School Music Parents Association, a member of the MUMC choir and a merit badge counselor for Chester County Boy Scouts of America.

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