A note on enrollment: WRT is one of only two providers offering NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses in the Northeast. Space on all of these courses is limited and courses typically fill early. We recommend enrolling at least 30-45 days prior to the start of your course to secure a spot.
If you work or aspire to work in remote environments where access to medical care is delayed, you'll need a Wilderness First Responder certification. It's the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, SAR team members, and many ski patrols. WFR training is also smart risk management for travelers planning an international itinerary and outdoor enthusiasts who take extended trips without a guide.
The WFR is an in-depth look at patient assessment, traumatic injuries, environmental topics, and medical emergencies. A comprehensive class with far more hands-on practice than a WFA, the WFR includes CPR and epinephrine administration certifications. Graduation from a WFR turns an EMT into a Wilderness-EMT. Learn more about obtaining three hours of college credit for your WFR, not to mention 70 hours of EMT CEUs, from our curriculum provider, NOLS Wilderness Medicine.
Students consistently report that highlights of their Wilderness First Responder course included an extended night scenario, a Mass Casualty Incident, and interactive classes on everything from dressing a blister to dealing with an appendicitis in the backcountry.
"People get hurt on even terrain, when it's 68 degrees out, zero humidity, and sunny, right?" Wrong! We'll venture outdoors to practice our skills regardless of the conditions, so come prepared for rain, snow, sun, darkness and everything in-between.
80 hours over 9 or 10 days | 8 to 5 with an hour for lunch | 2 night sessions from 6 to 10