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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)/Wilderness EMT (WEMT), 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. Currently approved Wilderness Medicine Providers.

For additional information, please see the WMTC Student Handbook

Wilderness First Aid

*Course offerings, structure, and payment schedules have all changed in 2021. Please carefully read all of the course information prior to registering.

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.

At this time we are only offering Hybrid courses. They are divided into Part 1, the online self-study part of the course, and Part 2, the in-person practical section of the course. 

Please visit the is a hybrid wilderness medicine course right for you? webpage prior to registering for Part 1 of the Wilderness First Aid course. 

Part 1 is a significant time commitment. The study portion taking approximately 10-15 hours and the online tests taking around 3-5 hours. Upon successful completion of Part 1, you have one full calendar year to complete Part 2 to receive certification. 

The Part 2 section is two full in-person days. 

Upon successful completion of BOTH Part 1 and Part 2, you will receive the following three year certifications:

  • Adult and Child CPR and AED

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Epinephrine/anaphylaxis module

Certifications are not a guaranteed outcome of the course. 

Prior to registering please read the Course Format section. Payment for each Part is completed separately. If you are a University of Wyoming student when registering for Part 1, we will honor student pricing for Part 2 regardless of your student status. 

Part 1

Ongoing Registration

$110 for UW Students; $130 for Staff/Faculty/Public

Part 2

TENTATIVE DATES: November 13th-14th. Registration link will be posted when course is finalized. 

$55 for UW Students; $85 for Staff/Faculty/Public

Wilderness First Responder/Wilderness EMT

*Course offerings, structure, and payment schedules have all changed in 2021. Please carefully read all of the course information prior to registering.

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR)/Wilderness EMT (WEMT)* 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/WEMT 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.

*EMT-B certification or higher must be current at time of registration to be elibible for WEMT certification. 

At this time we are only offering Hybrid courses. They are divided into Part 1, the online self-study part of the course, and Part 2, the in-person practical section of the course. 

Please visit the is a hybrid wilderness medicine course right for you? webpage prior to registering for Part 1 of the Wilderness First Aid course. 

Part 1 is a significant time commitment. The study portion taking approximately 30-60 hours and the online tests taking around 8-10 hours. Upon successful completion of Part 1, you have one full calendar year to complete Part 2 to receive certification. 

The Part 2 section is five full in-person days. 

 

Upon successful completion of BOTH Part 1 and Part 2, you will receive the following three year 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.

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 at UW Admissions.

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

Prior to registering please read the Course Format section. Payment for each Part is completed separately. If you are a University of Wyoming student when registering for Part 1, we will honor student pricing for Part 2 regardless of your student status. 

Part 1

WFR Ongoing Registration

WEMT Ongoing Registration

$250 for UW Students; $300 for Staff/Faculty/Public

Part 2

TENTATIVE DATES: October 9th-10th, 15th-17th. Registration link will be posted when course is finalized. 

$150 for UW Students; $250 for Staff/Faculty/Public

WFR/WEMT Recertification

*Course offerings, structure, and payment schedules have all changed in 2021. Please carefully read all of the course information prior to registering.

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.

At this time we are only offering Hybrid courses. They are divided into Part 1, the online self-study part of the course, and Part 2, the in-person practical section of the course. 

Please visit the is a hybrid wilderness medicine course right for you? webpage prior to registering for Part 1 of the Wilderness First Aid course. 

Part 1 is a significant time commitment. The study portion taking approximately 10-15 hours and the online tests taking around 3-5 hours. Upon successful completion of Part 1, you have one full calendar year to complete Part 2 to receive full certification. 

The Part 2 section is two full in-person days. 

Upon successful completion of Part 1 you will be given a provisional 1 year WFR/WEMT Certification. When you complete Part 2 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. 

Prior to registering please read the Course Format section. Payment for each Part is completed separately. If you are a University of Wyoming student when registering for Part 1, we will honor student pricing for Part 2 regardless of your student status. 

Part 1

Ongoing Registration

$115 for UW Students; $135 for Staff/Faculty/Public

Part 2

TENTATIVE DATES: September 18th-19th. Registration link will be posted when course is finalized. 

$60 for UW Students; $90 for Staff/Faculty/Public

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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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