Wilderness First Responder Course

August 04, 2018 - August 12, 2018

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Shelton Learning Commons

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.


  • 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.

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