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:

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    Wilderness First Aid | March 28–29, 2020

    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. 
     

    REGISTER


    DETAILS

    • 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 – Students (see registration details below)
      $200 – 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: 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 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.

     

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    Epi Administration | April 22, 2020

    This three-hour workshop prepares participants to manage allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, and epinephrine administration by incorporating practical scenarios, mini-lectures and live sterile injection practice. Course completion results in a four-year North Carolina state certificate.
     

    DETAILS

    • Length: 3 hours (5–8 p.m.)
    • Recommended for: Wilderness and outdoor trip leaders, camp staff, programs where medical directors want to include epinephrine administration in protocols
    • Cost: 
      $20 – Students
      $20 – Alumni, faculty and staff
      $35 – Community
    • Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Certification Received: North Carolina Epinephrine Administration Certification. Certification is current for four years.
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    Wilderness First Responder | August 1–9, 2020

    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.

    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 – Students (see registration details below)
      $540 – Alumni, faculty and staff
      $790 – 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.)
    • Lodging: 
      $20/night in residence hall
      (paid online prior to the 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 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.
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    Outdoor Emergency Care: August–December, 2020


    National Ski Patrol

    Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) is the National Ski Patrol's (NSP) education standard for first responders that are trained to respond in an outdoor, mountainous, winter, or wilderness environment. The training applies equally to those patrolling in ski and mountain bike resorts, cat and heli-skiing guides, river rafting guides, Nordic skiers, rangers, hikers, rock climbers, and those adventuring in the backcountry.

    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

    • Length: 16 weeks (August through December) totaling 120 hours; Training held two nights per week
    • Recommended for: Outdoor enthusiasts, backcountry guides, and individuals interested in working with ski patrol
    • Cost: 
      $175 – Students (see registration details below)
      $175 – Alumni, faculty, and staff
      $300 – Community
      (A $150 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 Nursing and Health Sciences, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Certification Received: Outdoor Emergency Care. (an annual refresher course is required)
    • Academic Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 3 credit hours for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 339.
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    League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Complete | Fall 2020

    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 beginning or novice 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.
     

    DETAILS

    • Length: 9 hours (8 a.m.–6 p.m.)
    • Recommended for: Cycling enthusiasts, outdoor trip leaders, camp staff, parks and recreation employees
    • Cost: 
      Free – Students
      $30 – Alumni, faculty and staff
      $45 – Community
    • Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: None
    • 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.
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    PADI Open Water Diver Certification | Fall 2020

    PADI

    This course follows the Professional Association of Diving Instructors' (PADI) certification curriculum, objectives, and requirements. Lecture includes physiology, water environment, equipment, and techniques for fundamental SCUBA diving. Practical includes practice in techniques, skills, and equipment usage. Sessions held in pool and open water. Successful completion leads to PADI Open Water Diver Certification. Physical requirements: 200-yard swim, 10-minute survival skills, and good health. This certification allows you to dive using regular compressed air without an instructor or dive master present in a buddy pair.
     

    DETAILS

    • Length: 3 evenings for lecture and confined water dives (8 hours) and 1 full weekend for open water dives
    • Recommended for: Outdoor enthusiasts, teachers leading school trips, backcountry guides, trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, and more.
    • Cost: 
      $375 – Students (see registration details below)
      $425 – Alumni, faculty, and staff
      $525 – Community
      (A $150 non-refundable deposit will be collected at time of registration).
    • Location: Rhea-Lyons Indoor Swimming Pool, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Certification Received: PADI Open Water Diver. This is a lifetime certification.
    • Academic Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 3 credit hours for this course. This is optional.
      The course number is ORM 28
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    Leave No Trace Master Educator | Summer 2021

    Leave No Trace

    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

    • 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.
    • Cost: 
      $535 – Students (see registration details below)
      $535 – Alumni, faculty and staff
      $635 – Community
      (A $250 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: 
      $15/night – Residence Hall
      $50/night – Guest House
      (All lodging fees will be collected by credit/debit card on the first day of the event.)
      Note: Backcountry camping will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
    • Location: Shelton Learning Commons, Lees-McRae College campus
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Certification Received: Leave No Trace Master Educator. This is a lifetime certification.
    • Academic Credit: Outdoor Recreation Management offers 2 credit hours for this course. This is optional. The course number is ORM 321. 
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    CPR Basic Life Support

    American Heart Association

    Online portion available anytime. Skills session on Lees-McRae College campus by appointment only.

    REGISTER

    The American Heart Association is a basic adult and infant CPR and AED program designed for individuals in the healthcare or professional rescuer field that are required to have professional-level basic life support training. The program is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting. This course is a two-part course. The first part being a two-hour online portion that uses the latest eSimulation technology to enable students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. Utilizing a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities, this course teaches BLS knowledge and skills. The second portion will be a 30-minute structured instructor-led course that focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols and skills testing.

    DETAILS

    • Length: 2.5 hours (2 hours: Online portion; 30 minutes: Skills session on campus)
    • Recommended for:Wilderness and outdoor trip leaders, camp staff, programs where medical directors want to include epinephrine administration in protocols
    • Cost: 
      $28.50 – Students
      $28.50 – Alumni, faculty and staff
    • Location: Online and the Lees-McRae College May School of Nursing and Health Sciences
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Certification Received: BLS CPR. Certification is current for two years.

    Register and pay on this American Heart Association website (click the Register button above to access the site). No additional money will be collected by Lees-McRae College. Upon successful completion of the online portion, email Gary Harmon, Lees-McRae College Director of Emergency Medical Services and Management, at harmong@lmc.edu to schedule your 30-minute skills session.

Student Registration

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

  • Leave No Trace Trainer: ORM 202*
  • Wilderness First Aid: ORM 303
  • Wilderness First Responder: ORM 305
  • League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Complete: ORM 310
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator: ORM 321
  • PSIA-AASI Ski/Snowboard Instructor Prep: ORM 337*
  • Outdoor Emergencies for the Ski Industry: ORM 339*
  • North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Prep: ORM 345*

*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.


Scholarship Opportunities

Students can apply for funding through the Lees-McRae BB&T Leadership Initiative. Landmark Learning offers scholarship opportunities for all through its non-profit organization, the Landmark Foundation.
 

For More Information

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