Prepare for your Wilderness Medicine course


What is wilderness medicine?

Remote medicine is characterized by the need for long term patient care, and the ability to both operate with improvised equipment and to make decisions with incomplete information.  Wilderness medical providers perform tasks such as cleaning wounds, reducing dislocations, and clearing possible spinal injuries that are above the scope of practice for many Urban EMTs.

These certifications prepare us for more than just camping trips.  WFAs and WFRs can use their lifesaving skills after the normal medical system has become overwhelmed, as may be the case after a natural disaster or terrorist attack. 

Our courses combine engaging lectures, in-depth skills practice, and creative scenarios. The classroom setting is comfortable and informal. Scenarios are realistic and challenging to ensure that you can confidently use your new skills. 


What should I bring to class?

Bring adequate clothing to be outside in cold, heat, rain or snow. You should also bring a large daypack with extra layers, a water bottle, rain jacket, sturdy footwear, a watch, and a headlamp. Be sure to bring a pen or pencil for taking notes in class and a reusable mug for coffee and tea. It is nice to have a pair of slippers or sandals for classroom sessions.


what time should i Arrive?

You should plan to arrive at 7:45 AM on Day 1 to fill out a few pieces of paperwork. Class starts promptly at 8am each day, and we take an hour for lunch. We will finish promptly at 5:00pm.  WFR courses include two night sessions.


What will i recieve prior to my course?

You’ll receive an email confirming your enrollment when you sign up, and you’ll receive a second email about ten days prior to the course with additional logistical details.


Will i recieve any proof of certification?

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card from NOLS Wilderness Medicine. These cards are emailed 4-6 weeks after your course. If you need proof of certification prior to this time, the instructors will provide you with a verification letter that can be used in lieu of a certification card until your card arrives. 


What are your payment & refund policies?

WRT accepts payments online via credit or debit cards.  For intact groups such as summer camp counselors or university students, we can also accept a single check. Payment in full is due upon enrollment.  

Cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of a course will be refunded in full, minus a 3% credit card processing fee.  We cannot offer a refund within 30 days of the start of a course.