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Course Comparison Chart

WMI has many courses to choose from! The following course chart will help you evaluate which WMI course best meets your needs. For more details about each course type please click on the specific course title.

 

Initial Training
Course Prerequisites Hours Textbook Certifications Received College Credit Continuing Education Credits* FAWM** Credits To Recertify Take
Wilderness EMT (WEMT)

18 Years Old
Professional Level CPR
TB Test, Other site dependent screening tests

200

Emergency Care, 12th ed.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine Handbook

WEMT, NREMT-B 9 Hours
Up to
55 Hours

Wilderness Recertifications:
WFR-R, WAFA, WUMP, WFA

NREMT Recertification:
www.nremt.org

Wilderness EMT "3+1" Format 18 Years Old
Professional Level CPR
TB Test
200

Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 10th ed.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine Handbook

WEMT, NREMT-B 4 Hours
Up to
35.75 hours

Wilderness Recertifications:
WFR-R, WAFA, WUMP, WFA

NREMT Recertification:
www.nremt.org

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) 16 Years Old*** 80 NOLS Wilderness Medicine

WFR, WMI Adult & Child CPR

This course will upgrade an EMT to a WEMT

3 Hours
70 Hours CECBEMS
Up to
55 Hours
WFR-R, WAFA, WUMP, WFA
Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) 16 Years Old*** 40 NOLS Wilderness Medicine & WAFA Handouts WAFA, WMI Adult & Child CPR 2 Hours
32 Hours CECBEMS
WFR-R, WAFA, WFA
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) 16 Years Old*** 16-20 Wilderness First Aid Pocket Guide, WMI & WFA Handouts WFA, and if applicable, WMI Adult & Child CPR 1 Hour
WFA

*Continuing Education Units for EMT's (CECBEMS)/Continuing Medical Education for MD's (CMEs)
** Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). Check with the Wilderness Medical Society for your personal credit details.
***Participants under 18 years of age must have written consent of parent or guardian.

 

Recertification
Course prerequisites Hours Textbook Certifications Received College Credit Continuing Education Credits* FAWM** Credits To Recertify Take
Wilderness First Responder Recertification

Must possess a valid WFR certification of at least 70 hours

24

Wilderness Medicine Handbook

WFR, WMI Adult & Child CPR 1 Hour
18 Hours CECBEMS
 

WFR-R, WAFA, WUMP, WFA

EMT Basic Refresher Training Program (RTP) (Taught by regional EMS agencies) Current EMT-B 24      
   

*Continuing Education Units for EMT's (CECBEMS)/Continuing Medical Education for MD's (CMEs)
** Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM)

 

Education for Medical Professionals
Course prerequisites Hours Textbook Certifications Received College Credit Continuing Education Credits* FAWM** Credits To Recertify Take
Wilderness Medicine for the Professional Practitioner Current EMT, Paramedic, RN, PA, MD, DO, PT 16 Wilderness Medicine Field Guide & Wilderness Medicine Handbook    
16 Hours CECBEMS; 15 Hours Category 1 CMEs
Up to
16 Hours
 
Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals Current EMT, Paramedic, RN, PA, MD, DO, PT 48 NOLS Wilderness Medicine & Wilderness Medicine Handbook

WFR

This course will upgrade an EMT to a WEMT

4 Hours
48 Hours CECBEMS; 43 Hours Category 1 CMEs
Up to
35.75 Hours
WFR-R, WAFA, WUMP, WFA
Medicine in the Wild - Medical Student Elective Must be a 3rd or 4th year medical student 26 days NOLS Wilderness Medicine & Wilderness Medicine Handbook

WFR

This course will upgrade an EMT to a WEMT

 
48 Hours CECBEMS
Up to
50.5 Hours
WFR-R, WAFA, WUMP, WFA
Wilderness Medicine Expeditions Physicians and other medical professionals, must be 23 years old 8 days NOLS Wilderness Medicine & Wilderness Medicine Handbook    
16 Hours CECBEMS; 15 Hours Category 1 CMEs
Up to
28 Hours
 
*Continuing Education Units for EMT's (CECBEMS)/Continuing Medical Education for MD's (CMEs)
** Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM)
WMI Industry Partners REI Wilderness Medical Society - Offering physicians CMEs Landmark Learning - Our Southeastern Representative University of Utah - Our College Credit Provider Western State College - Our Americorps Award Partner Harvard Affiliated Emergency Residency Program - Supporting medical students General Services Administration - Helping us work with federal clients
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