In 2007 we piloted our first hybrid Distance Learning Project (DLP) course; in 2008 we opened them to the general public. Overall they were—and are—hugely successful. Our hybrid course curriculum is continually evaluated and our delivery systems updated annually. Each of our medical courses has a hybrid option and each hybrid course has it's own dedicated website that may be accessed via a personal computer, tablet, or phone. Students use the presentations on the course website, our handbook, and patient SOAP notes to prepare and pass online tests prior to attending a practical session.
The hybrid course websites are essentially an online textbook with text, animations, and videos. Because there is no direct instructor interaction during the home study portion of the course (unless you fail an application test three times), the sites include case studies (and follow-up discussion) to check your understanding prior to taking the online tests. Keep in mind that the online tests are both an educational tool as well as an evaluative tool. As such, they are challenging and few students pass on their first attempt. There are two types of online tests: Content & Application tests; you can review tests you have already taken at any time.
Content tests are fundamentally a practice test; they easier than the Application tests and may only be taken once. You will receive answers to the Content test questions immediately after submitting them, and while the test is scored, the score doesn’t count. That said, your score will give you an idea of how well you understand the basic material.
The Application test questions are all scenario-based and you need to score ≥ 80% to pass. You will be able to study for, take, and retake each Application test multiple times. That said, there is a limit to the number of times you may retake a given test. If you reach the test limit, please contact the WMTC office where one of our senior instructors will review your last test, send you detailed written feedback via email, and give you one final opportunity to take that test. You will have the opportunity to review your feedback and ask the instructor questions before taking the test again. If you fail the same Application test again, you may not continue with the course, attend the practical session, or receive a refund for the course; it’s important that you know this. Keep in mind that historically 99.9% of the students who failed an Application test, received instructor feedback, and go on to take that test again, have passed that test. Roughly 1-2% of the students who register and pay for a hybrid (DLP) course do not attend the practical session because they: 1) encounter a family or personal emergency, or 2) run out of time and do not complete the online tests prior to the start of the practical session; voluntary procrastination is the primary reason they run out of time with overcommitment a distant second. While we provide a time range for completing the home study portion of each course, it is a rough estimate: You may require more or less time. To that end, it’s important that you plan and schedule more time than the high end of the estimate to help ensure you can complete the home study portion and attend the practical session. If you have questions regarding our hybrid courses, please contact the WMTC office to discuss your concerns before you register for a course; once you register for a course, there are no refunds unless the course is canceled.
There are no formal lectures during the practical session. Instead, the practical session focuses on practical application of the pre-course information: skills labs (splinting, wound cleaning, reducing dislocations, assessing and managing potentially spine-injuried patients, etc.), simulations, and case study reviews to prepare you to respond effectively to real-life injuries and illnesses. The time you spend away from home or work is significantly less than that required by our standard courses. Serious students can actually learn MORE via hybrid course because their study they can process the information according to their learning style and in their own time.
If you LIKE studying by yourself, are intrinsically interested in wilderness medicine, have good study habits and discipline, like problem solving, have enough time to study, have a computer or tablet with a fast processor and high speed internet access, and would like to spend as little time away from home or work as possible, you'll probably like our hybrid DLP wilderness medicine courses. (Smart phones do work, but the screens are so very small....)
Please visit one of our hybrid DLP course websites to see how they are organized. Thoroughly read the directions on the Splash page and view the Lightning presentation to make sure the course meets your needs; the actual site is password protected, and entered via the button titled "Registered Students.". The website password together with login information to our online testing site and a link to the course study guide are sent to students upon registration.
Hybrid DLP Wilderness First Aid website
Hybrid DLP Wilderness Advanced First Aid website
Hybrid DLP Wilderness First Responder website
Hybrid DLP Wilderness EMT website
Hybrid DLP Recertification website
If you are seeking to recertify your current WAFA, WFR, or WEMT certification our hybrid Recertification course is extremely attractive. As a graduate of an approved WAFA, WFR, or WEMT course, you already have a grasp of the didactic information and there is little need for you to sit through a lecture on material you could easily review on your own. Our hybrid DLP WFR & WEMT Recertification course allows you to spend only the you need to brush up on your anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology by using the Recertification web site, case studies, and the on-line test to focus your study. You maximize the your time away from home practicing skills and participating in as many simulations and case study reviews as possible to get the rust off. That's EXACTLY what our DLP Review & Recertification course does.
If your WFR or WEMT certification has expired or you are looking for a more in-depth practice than a Recertification course can provide, our hybrid WFR or WEMT course will meet your needs without wasting any of your precious time. Similar to students seeking normal recertification, you already have a grasp of the didactic material and have little need to sit through basic lectures. You need to brush up on your skills, renew your certification, deepen you knowledge of wilderness medicine, and maximize your time spent away from home or work. That's EXACTLY what our hybrid DLP WFR and WEMT courses do.
If you are a current EMT or medical professional seeking knowledge and certification in wilderness medicine you already have a working knowledge of normal anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology you'll love our hybrid WEMT module. While the practice of medicine in a wilderness setting is MUCH different than it urban counterpart, your background and experience will permit you to rapidly move through the home study portion of the course and, as mentioned above, maximize your time spent away from home or work.
If you have difficulty deciding if one of our hybrid DLP courses is right for you, please contact our office.
Looking for a reliable field reference? Consider consider purchasing one of our print or digital handbooks; our digital handbook apps are available in English, Spanish, and Japanese. Updates are free for life. A digital SOAP note app is also available.