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.


UPCOMING COURSES:

  •  

    Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Modified Challenge for Ski and Bike Patrol | March 2024


    National Ski Patrol

    EMTs, advanced EMTs, and paramedics are eligible to receive an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) technician card through the National Ski Patrol (NSP) to join a patrol, by successfully completing the OEC Modified Challenge course. The OEC Modified Challenge course fulfills the requirements that mountains or patrols have for working patrollers to carry an OEC credential.

    EMTs, advanced EMTs and paramedics who complete the Modified Challenge are required to complete an annual refresher course to keep their OEC credential current as a member of a patrol.

    The OEC is NSP’s signature course offering. This emergency medical responder course is tailored to the non-urban rescuer. This course is required of all NSP patroller members and is offered primarily through NSP patrols, though some NSP affiliate organizations offer the course as well. 

    In an OEC course, you will learn about many aspects of outdoor care, including: 

    • Performing safe and effective stabilization and extrication of injured persons in the outdoor environment.
    • Scene safety (identifying hazards to both responders and visitors).
    • Safe and efficient use of outdoor emergency care skills to prevent further injury to visitors.

    OEC courses involve a mix of self-study and hands-on practice sessions. Outdoor Emergency Care courses serve as the entry point for people wishing to join a patrol, either as a volunteer or as paid staff.


    DETAILS (Subject to change)

    • Length: 2 days (12 hours); Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Recommended for: EMTs, Advanced EMTs, and Paramedics interested in exploring and/or working at resort patrols for both ski/snowboard and bike patrols
    • Cost: $85—Costs do not include NSP membership ($100)
    • Location: Beech Mountain Resort (1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC 28604)
    • Prerequisites: EMTs, Advanced EMTs, and Paramedics
    • Certification Received: Outdoor Emergency Care
    • Academic Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 3 credit hours for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 339.

    OEC Modified Challenges will be offered every September and March on a regular basis.

  •  

    Wilderness First Aid | April 6–7, 2024

    NOLS Landmark Learning

    Hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Management program at Lees-McRae. Course taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine and Landmark Learning.

    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. 

    Registration coming soon. 

     

    DETAILS (Subject to change)

    • 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.
    • Cost: 
      $200 – Lees-McRae students (see registration details below)
      $200 – Lees-McRae alumni, faculty, and staff
      $275 – Community
      (A $75 non-refundable deposit will be collected at time of registration. All remaining course fees will be collected by credit/debit card on the first day of the event.)
    • Lodging: Click here for a list of local lodging options
    • Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on all U.S. based NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses beginning in November 2021. 2021: https://www.landmarklearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Wilderness-Medicine-Student-Vax-Policy.pdf
    • 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 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.

    For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation Management Program Coordinator Katie Wall. 

     

  •  

    Wilderness First Responder | August 2024

    NOLS Landmark Learning

    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.

    Conducted by the Outdoor Recreation Management program at Lees-McRae College.


     

    DETAILS

    • 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.
    • Cost: 
      $540 – Lees-McRae students (see registration details below)
      $540 – Lees-McRae alumni, faculty, and staff
      $875 – Community
      (A $250 non-refundable deposit will be collected at time of registration. All remaining course fees will be collected online by credit/debit card prior to the course.)
    • Location: May School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Certification Received: NOLS Wilderness First Responder Certification, Adult & Child CPR certification.  Certifications are current for two years.
    • Academic 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 80 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.
  •  

    League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Complete | April 2025

    League of American Bicyclists

    This program is designed to develop the craft and science of bicycling—the ability to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility or sport under various highway, climate, terrain and traffic conditions. During this course you will learn traffic law, bicycle handling, how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. For novice to advanced riders, this course combines classroom discussion/activities and on-road practice to instruct students in the practice of vehicular-style bicycling and overcoming the fear of riding in traffic. Learning the techniques in this class will allow you to ride more confidently and more often while having more fun. Smart Cycling Complete (formerly called Traffic Skills 101) is a prerequisite for becoming a League Certified Instructor (LCI) candidate.

    Registration coming soon. 
     

    DETAILS (Subject to change)

    • Length: 9 hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
    • Recommended for: People who bike, outdoor trip leaders, camp staff, parks and recreation employees
    • Cost: 
      Free – Lees-McRae students
      $30 – Lees-McRae alumni, faculty, and staff
      $45 – Community
    • Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: Must know how to ride a bike.
    • Certification Received: Smart Cycling Complete. This is a lifetime certification.
    • Academic Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 1 credit hours for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 310. Students taking this certification for credit will have an additional 7 hours of instruction to be determined after registration. 
  •  

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) | Fall 2025

    Details and registration coming soon.

Student Registration

Lees-McRae students can register for course credit for the following certification courses:

  • Leave No Trace Trainer: ORM 102*
  • CPR/AED, Basic First Aid, and Epinephrine Administration: ORM 200*
  • Star Fish Aquatics Wilderness Lifeguard: ORM 230
  • Association of Challenge Course Technologies, Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner: ORM 232*
  • Wilderness First Aid: ORM 303
  • Wilderness First Responder: ORM 305
  • Wildland Firefighting: ORM 307*
  • League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Complete: ORM 310
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator: ORM 321*
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America Alpine Level 1 Instructor: ORM 337-01*
  • Association of American Snowboard Instructors Snowboard Level 1 Instructor: ORM 337-02*
  • Scuba Diving International Open Water Scuba Diving: ORM 355-01*
  • Scuba Diving International Advance Open Water Scuba Diving: ORM 355-02*
  • Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Challenge for Ski & Bike Patrol: ORM 339
  • North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Prep: ORM 345*
  • American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue Level 4: ORM 350*
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): EMS 200

*Only offered for currently enrolled Lees-McRae students.

Students can enroll in certification courses through Montibus during regular class registration. Course fees will be attached to your student account.


For More Information

Contact Katie Wall, Outdoor Recreation Management program coordinator and associate professor, at wallk@lmc.edu.