Course descriptions

All courses are certified through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC) and are nationally recognized. There are two course formats, standard and hybrid Distance Learning Project (DLP). Check out to read more about DLP courses and preview the lightning injuries presentation.

Wilderness First Responder

The Wilderness First Responder course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors. It is the outdoor education and recreation industry’s standard for wilderness medical training. It is the wilderness medicine training course for outdoor professionals…and the course you want your friends to take before you travel with them. The course includes  certification in adult CPR and AED.

The Standard WFR is nine days long while the practical session for our Distance learning (DLP) WFR is five days.

Wilderness EMT

Our Wilderness EMT Module is designed to meet the needs of experienced medical practitioners who are acting as an expedition medic or trip leader and only offered in our Distance learning (DLP) format. Participants must be a licensed EMT (basic, intermediate, or paramedic) with patient care experience. Nurses, physician assistants, physicians, or veterinarians may also attend but will receive a completion card in lieu of certification and may be eligible for CEU. Similar to a WFR, the WEMT Module focuses on assessment and treatment of traumatic, environmental, and medical emergencies in a wilderness environment. Labs teach students the skills they need to improvise in the field. Lecture during the practical session is brief and focused on answering questions raised during simulations and case study reviews. While the focus remains on expedition medicine, the skills taught during our WEMT Module may be applied directly to situations where prolonged EMS transport is unavoidable e.g.: disaster relief, SAR, rural EMS calls, etc.

Wilderness First Aid

Our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses are designed to introduce you to the concepts of medical care in a wilderness setting. The course focuses on Basic Life Support skills, minor trauma, selected environmental topics, spine assessment and the ruling out process, allergic and toxic reactions, and “common” medical emergencies. As with all our courses, the majority of time is spent in hands-on skills practice and simulations.

Our WFA courses are accepted by the American Camping Association for camp programs that are close to standard EMS assistance and by the Boy Scouts of America, including Philmont Scout Ranch. Unless stated otherwise in the course description, CPR certification is not included.

The Standard WFA is three days long while the practical session for our DLP WFA is two days; either course may be used to recertify WAFA, WFR, and WEMT certifications. To receive certification graduates must complete our online Recertification exam; there is a $25 fee for the online exam for those taking our Standard WFA; the exam fee is included in the DLP WFA tuition.