Comprehensive courses that teach all the skills you will need to handle wilderness emergency situations.
Update for our 2022 Classes:
NOLS Wilderness Medicine has made the decision to require that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting in November.
Vaccines reduce the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 and dramatically reduce the severity and length of disease in the event of a “breakthrough” infection. This decision is grounded in our commitment to our shared values of education, leadership, safety, and community.
You must be two weeks or more past receiving your final vaccine dose prior to arrival at your course.
Wilderness Medicine instructors will review student vaccination cards at the start of the course. Please be sure to bring your vaccination card with you to your course.
Wilderness First Responder
This nationally recognized program trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. Essential for anyone who spends a significant amount of time in remote places, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions.
During this fast-paced, engaging course, you will spend half your time outside of the classroom in realistic scenarios, including a full-scale night mock rescue. Course includes two evening sessions with a night scenario. There will be one day off during this course, which will be chosen/confirmed on Day 1
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Wilderness First Responder Recertification Hybrid
Are your wilderness medicine protocols on the tip of your tongue or in the bottom of your pack? Join the leader in wilderness medicine for a two-day scenario-based course to review evacuation and decision making guidelines. Our dynamic, experienced instructors will refresh you on current techniques, protocols, and controversies in the wilderness medicine field.
This hybrid course includes a new online component in addition to the traditional scenarios and skills! Pre-work allows you to review the curriculum at your own pace, and focus on the hands-on element during your two days on course. You’ll just need to complete all online components, including a written exam, prior to the course.
Participants must register on the NOLS website in order to receive the required pre-course materials.
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- Recertification Requirements
This course is the most popular recertification program in wilderness medicine and is ideal for current Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness EMTs. This course may be used to recertify a WFR certification. You are required to complete both written and practical testing to recertify on this WFR-Recertification course. To achieve a passing score (70%) on the written multiple-choice exam, you must review previous course materials. Please come prepared. Check the following web page for information and resources on how to best prepare for your course.
You must possess a current (unexpired) WFR certification of at least 70 hours to recertify through a WFR Recertification course. It is your responsibility to make sure your certification meets this standard. If you are unsure, please contact WMI before enrolling in a course and review the recertification portion of our website. WMI certifications will be afforded a one-year period after expiration within which to recertify. This course will also recertify those who hold a valid WEMT (wilderness portion only) or WAFA certification. If recertifying, you must submit a photocopy of your current certification card(s) on the first day of the course. We cannot issue you a new certification until we verify your previous training.
Wilderness First Aid
Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, “What do I do now?” In this fast-paced and hands-on course, you will learn how to prepare for the unexpected. The NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute’s (WMI) curriculum includes many advanced topics that other programs leave out such as dislocation reduction and epinephrine administration. In just two days, you will have the knowledge, skills, and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
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Check in is at 7:45 a.m. on the first day of the course. Course days run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class format is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios. Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, snowy, and/or cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. Frequently stage (moulage) blood and make-up are used to emphasize the reality of a scenario. The classroom environment generally lends itself to a pair of comfy shoes or slippers and a camp chair. Please come equipped with a light daypack, waterproof top and bottoms, light hiking boots, and layers well suited for spending time outside.
The Wilderness First Responder Course includes two evening sessions with a night scenario.
Pre-Course: The WFA course is pre-approved for one semester hour credit through Western State Colorado University (WSCU) for an additional cost of $55. Thirty days prior to the WMI course, interested students must initiate registration and payment for credit by requesting an enrollment form for WSCU from WMI.
On-Course: The WFA course is pre-approved for one semester hour credit through the University of Utah for an additional cost of $95. If you are interested in receiving college credit, please inquire with your instructors on the first day of class for the necessary information.