ORM Certification Courses

The Lees-McRae Outdoor Recreation Management program offers outdoor certification courses to students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community. For students, certifications can be taken either for credit or not for credit.

Wilderness First Aid

Course Dates: Saturday, April 7–Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 days (16 hours), 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Recommended for: Avid hikers, teachers leading school trips, backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs and adventure race safety personnel.
  • Course Cost: 
    $150 – Students, alumni, faculty and staff
    $225 – Community
    $75 – Deposit (not required for students)
  • Course Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification: This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. You must possess a WFR or WEMT certification from NOLS or OPEPA (must be current or within grace year), SOLO or WMA (must be current) to recertify through this course.
  • Certification Received: NOLS Wilderness First Aid Certification.  Certification is current for two years.
  • Academic Course Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 1 credit hour for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 303.  
  • Continuing Education: This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirement. This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license.

Leave No Trace Master Educator

Course Dates: Monday, July 30–Friday, July 3, 2018

This course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of Leave No Trace skills and ethics through practical application in a field-based setting. It is run as a combination of a one-day classroom component, three-day/two-night field component and one-day community outreach opportunity. Students will practice Leave No Trace teaching strategies by delivering a planned lesson. The Master Educator course prepares students to deliver two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses and one-day or shorter Awareness Workshops. Course completion results in Master Educator registration with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a Leave No Trace Master Educator certificate, and a one-year Leave No Trace membership.

Details:

  • Course Length: 5 days (40 hours)
  • Recommended for: Backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, park and forest rangers and wilderness therapeutic programs.
  • Course Cost: 
    $525 – Students, alumni, faculty and staff
    $585 – Community
    $250 – Deposit (not required for students)
  • Course Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Lodging: Backcountry camping will be taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
  • Certification Received: Leave No Trace Master Educator. This is a lifetime certification.
  • Academic Course Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 2 credit hours for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 321.  

Wilderness First Responder

Course Dates: Saturday, August 4–Sunday, August 12

This is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include but are not limited to: wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision-making, not the memorization of lists. This course is designed specifically to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Half of your time will be spent completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios designed to challenge your decision making abilities. Adult CPR is included in this course.

Details:

  • Course Length: 9 days (80 hours)
  • Recommended for: Backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, EMTs and adventure race safety personnel.
  • Course Cost: 
    $500 – Students, alumni, faculty and staff
    $700 – Community
    $250 – Deposit (not required for students)
  • Course Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Certification Received: NOLS Wilderness First Responder Certification, Adult & Child CPR certification.  Certifications are current for two years.
  • Academic Course Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 3 credit hours for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 305.  
  • Continuing Education: This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services  (CECBEMS).  Active members of the Wilderness Medical Society  may earn up to 59.5 hours of credit towards a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). There is an additional fee of $15 for students requesting these credits.  This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard  to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license.

Certification courses offered only for currently enrolled Lees-McRae students:

  • Leave No Trace Trainer: ORM 202
  • National Ski Patrol Prep: ORM 339
  • PSIA-AASI Ski/Snowboard Instructor Prep: ORM 337

Registration Information

Student Registration

  1. To register for a course, please email Katie Wall at wallk@lmc.edu. Course paperwork will be emailed for you to complete and return before the course start date.
  2. Course fees will be charged to your tuition bill. Deposits are not required for students.
  3. Course paperwork will be available on Sakai. Download and complete course paper before the course start date. Paperwork can be submitted to: Katie Wall, Outdoor Recreation Management Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor.
     

Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community Member Registration

  1. To register for a course, please email Katie Wall at wallk@lmc.edu. Course paperwork will be emailed for you to complete and return before the course start date.
  2. A minimum of the course deposit is required in order to reserve a spot on any course.  Full course tuition payment can also be submitted. Check payments only. Checks to be made to: Lees-McRae College, Attn: Outdoor Recreation Management. Course paperwork and check can be sent to:
    Lees-McRae College, Outdoor Recreation Management, 191 Main Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604
    Payment can be mailed to address above and course paperwork can be scanned and emailed to wallk@lmc.edu.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students can apply for funding through the Lees-McRae BB&T Leadership Initiative.

Landmark Learning offers scholarship opportunities for all through it's non-profit organization, the Landmark Foundation.

For More Information

Contact Katie Wall, Outdoor Recreation Management Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, at wallk@lmc.edu