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Wilderness Medicine

providing patient care in a wilderness medicine course

The University of Wyoming Outdoor Program offers a full spectrum of wilderness medicine courses through Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC). These courses include Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and WFR/WEMT Recertification. These courses are absolutely essential training for budding and current outdoor educators and enthusiasts. 

Wilderness Medicine Training Center courses are of the highest quality. They base base their medical curriculum on practice guidelines published by the Wilderness Medical Society and are signatories to the WFA, WAFA, and WFR scope of practice (SOP) documents; WMTC's director is part of the SOP writing group, the Wilderness Medicine Educator's Collaborative (WMEC). The WMEC consists of directors from the major wilderness medicine schools in the United States and assures that our students receive the most current peer-reviewed information.

If you currently hold a Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT certification from an approved wilderness medicine schools, you may recertify through our programs by successfully completing a Recertification course or by completing a Wilderness First Aid course and passing our online WFR & WEMT Recertification test if you are currently certified OR in your grace period. Click here for a list of currently approved providers.

For additional information, please see the WMTC Student Handbook

Wilderness First Aid

Course Description

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is designed to introduce the concepts of medical care in a wilderness setting. The course focuses on Basic Life Support skills, trauma, selected environmental topics, spine assessment, allergic and toxic reactions, and “common” medical emergencies. 

The WFA course may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are just looking for basic instruction. If you like it and want more, you can always come back later and take a longer, more intensive course. 

Those looking to apply for UW Outdoor Program Field Staff positions, the WFA is the minimum requirement for our programs.

Course Format

Our Standard WFA course is 3 days in duration and covers a variety of topics through lecture, skills labs, and simulations. All of our wilderness medicine courses include a Adult & Child CPR and AED module. 

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the WFA course, you will receive the following certifications:

  • Adult and Child CPR and AED

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Epinephrine/anaphylaxis module

Certifications are not a guaranteed outcome of the course. 

2019-2020 WFA Courses (includes cost, logistics, and registration information)

November 15-17, 2019

Wilderness First Responder

Course Description

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) provides advanced medical training for outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, multi-week expeditions of all kinds, etc.), or those who simply want to know more about wilderness medicine. Training covers injuries, illnesses, and evacuations encountered while recreating outside.

The WFR course is for Certification as a Wilderness First Responder is the industry standard for outdoor instructors and guides. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Those looking to apply for UW Outdoor Program Field Staff positions, the WFR is the preferred requirement for our programs.

Course Format

Our Standard WFA course is 10 days in duration and thoroughly covers many topics through lecture, skills labs, and simulations. All of our wilderness medicine courses include a Adult & Child CPR and AED module. 

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the WFA course, you will receive the following certifications:

  • Adult and Child CPR and AED

  • Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT*

  • Epinephrine/anaphylaxis module

Certifications are not a guaranteed outcome of the course. 

*For those that are CURRENTLY certified as an EMT, this course can enhance the standard EMT certificate to a Wilderness EMT (WEMT). A must for the EMT looking at search and rescue or work in a rural area.

University of Wyoming Credit

The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources offers upper division credit for the Wilderness First Responder certification. Students must successfully complete all WFR course requirements and provide proof of current certification to receive credit.

  • ENR 3900 Wilderness Medicine, 3 credits (S/U grading)

  • Standard UW tuition and fees apply

  • If you are not currently a UW student, you may still receive credit by applying to the university as a non-degree seeking student, additional information can be found here.

For more information and to enroll in ENR 3900, please contact Melanie Matthews, Project Coordinator for the Haub School, at melanie.matthews@uwyo.edu.

2019-2020 WFR Courses (includes cost, logistics, and registration information)

January 8-17, 2020

WFR/WEMT Recertification

Course Description

The WFR/WEMT Recertification course provides recertification of your already existing WFR or WEMT certification that is current or in grace period. This course will review the Patient Assessment System, providing long and short-term care in a wilderness setting, and evacuation guidelines. Click here for a list of currently approved providers.

Course Format

Our Standard Recertification course is 3 days in duration and will cover a variety of topics through case studies, skills labs, and simulations. All of our wilderness medicine courses include a Adult & Child CPR and AED module. 

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the recertification course, you will receive the following certifications:

  • Adult and Child CPR and AED

  • Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT

  • Epinephrine/anaphylaxis module

Certifications are not a guaranteed outcome of the course. 

2019-2020 Recertification Courses (includes cost, logistics, and registration information)

January 18-20, 2020

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Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 141

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3604

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2402

Email: op@uwyo.edu

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