NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Build skills to recognize, treat, and prevent emergencies in the outdoors

Find your Course

You can find a wilderness medicine course all over the world. Choose from a range of courses tailored to meet your needs, whether you’re a novice or a medical professional. Search courses by course type or location.

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If an accident were to happen in the backcountry, would you be ready?

You can build the skills to step forward and take charge in an emergency situation with training from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

You will receive the highest-quality education and information for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies. Take the lead with the leader in wilderness medicine education, and embark on your next adventure with the confidence and knowledge to act in an emergency.

Core Curriculum

Wilderness Medicine

NOLS teaches the prevention, assessment, and treatment of injury and illness in remote and austere settings. Students will be able to:

  • Perform a patient assessment
  • Understand principles for prevention of wilderness medicine problems
  • Treat injury, illness, and environmental problems
  • Perform medical and rescue skills
  • Make decisions about the need for and urgency of evacuation



NOLS teaches leadership as “situationally appropriate action that directs or guides your group to set and achieve goals.” Students will be able to:

  • Lead and participate in small teams managing wilderness medicine scenarios
  • Demonstrate good expedition behavior—take initiative and be respectful and inclusive of team members
  • Demonstrate competence
  • Communicate effectively


Risk Management

NOLS teaches risk management by applying leadership and wilderness skills and facilitating experiences to develop judgment. Students will be able to:

  • Identify and assess potential hazards in the wilderness
  • Make decisions balancing the risk versus benefit in patient care and evacuation

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Host a Wilderness Medicine Course

Bring NOLS Wilderness Medicine to you! From Africa to New Zealand, Alaska to Baja, and from the Southwest deserts to the Southeast river canyons—anywhere you need to train staff or students to manage emergencies in remote environments, we can provide a course for you.

Explore your options and join a community of more than 450 sponsors when you host a course that’s right for you and your organization.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine is a GSA Authorized Federal Supplier. See our Authorized Federal Supply Schedule Price List here.

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Get to know your Instructors

Learn from the best

You will learn from seasoned, professional instructors who are experts in wilderness medicine education. Our instructors have extensive experience in backcountry travel, patient care, and education. You’ll be engaged from day one with educators who have a lifetime of experience as professional outdoor educators, urban EMS providers, remote researchers, or military special operators.

You’ll leave your course having learned from instructors with real experience making decisions in remote places, and prepared to do the same.