Our Wilderness First Aid 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. We are a contributor and signatory to the Wilderness First Aid Scope of Practice document.
Our Wilderness First Aid certifications 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, Wilderness CPR certification is not included.
The Wilderness Medicine Training Center is the only wilderness medicine provider who offers both standard and hybrid Wilderness First Aid courses using teaching and learning strategies that inform one another. The result is a choice of format and pedagogy that meets your needs; either course may be used to recertify Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness EMT certifications with the successful completion of our on-line Recertification exam.
Standard Wilderness First Aid
standard Wilderness First Aid course contain lecture, skill labs,
simulations, & case study review taught over three days; no advance
study is required. Standard Wilderness First Aid courses are best
suited for students who learn best with an instructor present to guide
and motivate them throughout the course and/or for those students who
do not have the time to devote to the pre-course study.
hybrid distance learning project (DLP) Wilderness First Aid course
requires completion of our home study program and an online exam prior
to attending a two day practical session. Our hybrid DLP Wilderness First
Aid course is designed for students are able to study the didactic
material on their own using our field manual, “the Wilderness Medicine
Handbook,” and the course web site. Access to a
computer and the internet are mandatory; broadband/high speed access
is required. If you like self-study, are disciplined, computer
literate, and have limited time to attend a practical session, then a hybrid
DLP Wilderness First Aid course is your best choice.
Prior to registering for a Hybrid DLP Wilderness First Aid course, please visit the Hybrid DLP Wilderness First Aid course web site
to see how the course is organized. Read the directions on the Home
page and view the Lightning presentation to make sure the course meets
your needs. Both the Home and Lightning Pages are open to the general
public for this purpose; the remaining presentation pages are password
protected. The web site password together with login information to
our on-line testing site will be sent to you upon registration.