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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions 

Why choose FlightBridgeED?

The FlightBridgeED team brings more than 100 years of combined pre-hospital, and critical care experience with 30 of those years being in the civilian air medical industry. FlightBridgeEDs lead educator, Eric Bauer MBA, FP-C, CCP-C, C-NPT still works in the air medical industry as a flight paramedic and corporate clinical education manager that allows him unparalleled access and insight to standard practice, industry trends and current changes within the industry not seen with other companies or courses. Our company has focused on perfecting a premium collection of products and services that thousands of students, like you, have trusted to prepare them for difficult advanced certification test-taking success. Test preparation earned us the respect of our students and industry peers, but our mission doesn't stop once the course is over. Our education team offers unprecedented personal access, free educational podcasts, and much more. We do this because when you choose us we take that personally; you become part of our family. We want to invest in you and see you become the best clinician that you can be.

Who are your instructors?

We believe in consistent instruction and delivery of core critical care content. Based on that, Eric and Ashley Bauer will be your primary instructors. FlightBridgeED is led by Eric Bauer, MBA, FP-C, CCP-C, C-NPT, with 15 years of critical care pre-hospital experience in both ground and air medial transport, and years as a national level speaker and educator. Eric is the author and host of the award winning FlightBridgeED podcast series and is dedicated to personally investing in each student’s success. Ashley Bauer, MSN, MBA, APRN, NP-C brings extensive experience in emergency critical care nursing, air medical transport and is a practicing emergency department nurse practitioner. Her experience in nursing and advanced practice nursing brings a high level of content delivery and an added benefit not seen in other courses

What is provided with the review course?

  • FP-C | CFRN Exam Prep & Advanced Practice Update Manual - #1 Best Seller in Transport Medicine
  • F.A.S.T. Exam Prep Book – 380 questions based on the FP-C, CCP-C, CFRN and CTRN exams
  • Access to our online practice exams - 1, 2 & 4 week Subscriptions - Timed, random 125-question test with rationale
  • 24 CEU hours, approved and awarded for CEU’s for nurse and paramedics
  •                 The only CAPCE Accredited Review Course in the industry (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education)

What is the course length?

The course will encompass 2 ½ days of lecture, test taking strategy, and periodic knowledge assessment sessions. FlightBridgeED is the only company in the world that offers a podcast series to supplement their course. The FlightBridgeED podcast focuses on all core critical care content that’s relevant for the FP-C, CCP-C, CFRN and CTRN exams and is free to anyone wanting to listen and download. This added tool gives students consistent content reinforcement and strengthens retention.

How long is the enrollment process?

Instant! All students can register via our website, and all course registration fees are due by the first morning of the course offering.

What is the class cost?

We know the road you're on isn't cheap. Hotels, airline fees, the monumental cost of the FP-C, CCP-C or CFRN tests itself all add up to a pretty hefty price tag. The FlightBridgeED team went through the same process so we respect the investment you're making. We offer two different registration levels. Our full course is for anybody needing initial FP-C, CCP-C and CFRN certification preparation and is $395.00. That course registration fee includes our entire package of books, and tools that have proven themselves as indispensable for passing your exam the first time (saving money in re-testing fees).  We also offer the review course at a discounted rate of $295.00 for anybody already credentialed as FP-C, CCP-C or CFRN, which includes the course and the best-selling FP-C | CFRN Exam Prep Manual.

Do you offer testing with the course?

We do not provide a pencil and paper testing option as the norm. This is something that we can provide at the request of our sponsor company. However, we know your brain will be on overload after 2 ½ days and feel it’s counter-productive to take a credentialing exam at the end of the course. Most people say they are mentally fatigued and the wait is more than necessary. We believe it’s best to schedule and take your exam within 2 weeks after the commencement of the review course. We encourage each student to continue preparing via our online practice exams. These practice exams are included in your course registration and offer you ample time for additional preparation. These exams simulate your testing environment with questions similar to actual exam questions. Each attempt is followed by your review of the test, with rationale for each question missed. We have had over 2,500 attempts at our simulation exams with the average cumulative score being 72.9%. This translates to a difficult exam that will continually challenge you and strengthen your test-taking abilities so you can pass your exam the first time around.

Can a student miss part of the course?

The course is offered as scheduled and it’s your learning experience. If you have a reason to miss any lectures we understand and know that’s your decision. However, we fully recommend you committing to the entire course and feel it greatly strengthens your ability to pass your certification exam. There will not be any make-up sessions, nor one-on-one tutoring based on missed parts of the course.

When will course materials be available to me?

All course materials will be given to you on the first day of the course offering. We do not mail, or pre-ship our materials prior to the course. We have developed an industry-leading course package of content, and instruction that will contain all relevant, and up-to-date material needed to pass your certification exams. You will not need any additional course materials.

Where is the class location?

Each course is held at a location selected with the assistance of our requesting hosts. See our course listing page for location specifics.

What CEU’s are offered and is this course an approved IBSC course?

Our review course has been reviewed, and approved as a IBSC review course for initial FP-C & CCP-C certification, and continuing education via in-person, and online delivery methodology. Our nursing CEU’s are awarded through the Kentucky Board of Nursing. FlightBridgeED, LLC is the only CAPCE Accredited Review Course in the industry (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education). As such, all Paramedic CEU hours are awarded through the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education - CAPCE.

What is the class start time each day?

Our classes cover 2½ days with most classes starting on Friday afternoon of the first day for a 4-hour session. The weekend course days will always start promptly at 0800 hours local time, with course sign-in starting each morning at 0730. Classes will conclude each weekend day at 1800 hours.

Is lunch provided?

No, lunch will be on your own each day. We always give you the option of doing a working lunch or taking a full hour. However, we provide you with drinks, water, coffee and snacks throughout the day.

What experience should I have before taking this course?

Although some nursing and paramedic experience is encouraged, there is no set level of experience required for the course. Course content consists of high-level critical care medicine material and may be new to you if you’ve just entered this advanced environment. With that being said, we pride ourselves in our ability to deliver this material in an easy to understand manner similar to the style we use on The FlightBridgeED Podcast. The delivery method is key to understanding and we have invested an enormous amount of time to ensure our students we present the material with clarity and intention.

What are the first time pass rates with the course?

This is a hard number to pinpoint. Any company that states they can identify their first time pass rates are not being totally forthcoming. There’s no way of getting that information from the IBSC, or BCEN. The best way to get the most accurate information regarding this subject is to contact each student in an attempt to identify successful passing of their exams based on their respective discipline. One of our primary values as a company is the relationship we have with our students. Your success helps guide our success, and the success of your peers. Based on data gathered from our community we have been able to calculate > 95% first time pass rates with the individuals we’ve been able to communicate with.

What if I’m not successful on my first attempt?

Your success is very important to us. We know it is a reflection of our company and we stand behind our instruction, and products. Based on this, we will work with you on a one-on-one basis if you need additional help in specific areas, and invest the time to ensure you are successful. We have had many students that have not used our course, and were unsuccessful in passing the exam three, or even four times who sought us out for help. Each one of those individuals were facing losing their employment because their employer required advanced certification within 2 years of hire. We personally invested time with each of those students, with each student then passing on their first attempt after using our products.

 

 

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Foundations

  FlightBridgeED, LLC. is a medical education company that specializes in providing pre-hospital, critical care, and emergency medicine education for healthcare professionals of all types. Initially, we were created out of what several air medical industry professionals observed as a terrible lack of education for paramedics wanting to step onto a skid, and into the skies. Of course, once the conversations expanded it was obvious that the same lack of education plagued the nurses as well. Self-guided study, and some expensive classes requiring weeks of attendance were almost all of the choices available to healthcare professionals interested in critical care education. Further, there were no classes that prepared the student to take on the role of flight crew member without extensive, extra on-the-job training costing thousands of dollars for employers, and valuable time for the new flight crew member.

    Established in 2012, FlightBridgeED, LLC. began as this very simple conversation among some good friends, and colleagues that resulted in a formal meeting, founding of a company, and initial release of episode 1 of The FlightBridgeED Podcast. From that first podcast, our education team began developing a new premium set of education tools designed to help our community of students successfully pass their advanced certification exams. Our vision didn't end with just passing the (very difficult) exams required to obtain, or keep a job in the air medical industry. Every member of the FlightBridgeED team wants to invest in you, and your continued success as a clinician. We believe that the foundation of our company, and our industry future is YOU.

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Inspiration

     Transitioning into the air medical industry can often be confusing, frustrating, and difficult. Standards are generally set by a voluntary accreditation commission adopted by the air medical service providers, but that's not the end of the story. Hiring standards and practices rely heavily on personal recommendation, experience, and education. Flight team positions are relatively limited, often in demand, and always competitive among applicants. It isn't unusual for 50 or more individuals to apply for the same position, and that means more emphasis is placed on your background, work experience, ongoing professional development, and demonstrated commitment to excellence. Once hired as a flight team member, orientation can seem overwhelming and expectations unclear depending on the organization, and the mentor, or preceptor program. Once orientation is complete, the education is just beginning! Advanced certifications need to be obtained, continuing education to retain licensure must be completed, and a systematic enrichment of basic and advanced knowledge should continue throughout a career.

     The FlightBridgeED team can provide crucial ground to air medical transition education to the potential flight team member pursuing their helicopter ambulance, or critical care transport career. FlightBridgeED can also strategically develop, customize, and track the educational development of a new orientee through their vital first steps as well as provide the seasoned flight team member with CEU courses, and community driven discussion and learning throughout their career.

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FlightBridgeED Staff

Eric BauerMBA, FP-C, CCP-C, C-NPT, EMT-P

Chief Excecutive Offficer

Bruce Hoffman, MSN, RN, CFRN, EMT-P

Chief Operations Officer 

Evan Claunch, AAS, FP-C, EMT-P

Information Technology and Business Consultant

Klint Kleopping, AAS, FP-C, C-NPT, EMT-P

Contributing Staff Writer

Tyler Christifulli, FP-C, EMT-P

Senior Education Consultant | Contributing Staff Writer

Pat O'Brien, MD

Medical Director

Ashley Bauer, MSN, MBA, APRN, NP-C, CFRN

President | Chief Finanical Officer

Mike Verkest, AAS, FP-C, CCP-C, EMT-P

Chief Strategic Officer 

Joe Middleton, DNP, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CEN, NRP

Senior Education Consultant | Business Consultant

David Olvera, AAS, FP-C, EMT-P

Senior Education Consultant | Contributing Staff Writer

Dan Davis, MD

Chief Medical Director | Scientific Advisor

Ritu Sahni, MD

Second Shift Podcast - Co-Host

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