Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

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Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

Learn both wilderness medicine and urban medical care practices in this intensive, month-long program.

After four weeks of classroom education, practical skills, scenarios, and full-scale mock rescues, you'll be ready to handle medical emergencies, in the wilderness or in town. You'll earn both your EMT and your Wilderness EMT certifications, preparing you to work on an ambulance, for an outdoor organization, or a land management agency.

You'll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold, or hot environments!

Download the WEMT Course Outline.

Also see dates for Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT plus WUMP Format) courses.



We found 4 courses in California:

2019 Dates

Oct. 14 – Nov. 8, 2019
Mt. Shasta, CA

Tuition: $4,125
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine
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2020 Dates

Jan. 27 – Feb. 21, 2020
Mt. Shasta, CA

Tuition: $4,125
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

June 1 – June 26, 2020
Mt. Shasta, CA

Tuition: $4,125
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

July 6 – July 31, 2020
Mt. Shasta, CA

Tuition: $4,125
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine


All course information at a glance


$4,125 to $4,420
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200 hours

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

9 College Credits
  • 9 Semester
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Emergency Medical Technician

Epinephrine Auto-injector

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician


Course Outline



Fly in/out


Skills learned

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

You will need to meet the following prerequisites: 

  • ​Professional Level CPR Certification 
  • Current TuberculosisTest 
  • Hepatitis B ​Vaccination 
  • ​Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination 
  • Current T​etanus Shot 
  • ​History of Chicken Pox or Varicella Vaccination​ 
  • ​Flu shot (seasonal)​ 
  • Clean 10 Panel Drug Screen 
  • National Criminal Background Check 

For specific details about the prerequisites, please contact NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

Continuing Education: Active members of the Wilderness Medical Society may earn up to 55 hours of credit towards a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). More here.


Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Emergency Care & Training
  • Medical Legal Issues
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Documentation
  • Airway Obstruction & Respiratory Arrest
  • O2 Therapy
  • Bleeding & Shock
  • CPR
  • CPR Considerations for the Remote Environment
  • Chest Trauma
  • Common Wilderness Medical Problems
  • Central Nervous System
  • Lifting and Moving
  • C-Collars
  • Back Board and KED Board
  • Litter Packaging
  • Backcountry Spinal Assessment
  • Head Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management
  • Traction Splints
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat & Hydration Illnesses
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Diabetes
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Poisoning
  • Triage
  • Multiple Casualty Incidents
  • Incident Command System
  • Leadership, Teamwork & Communication
  • Medical Decision-making
  • Disturbances of Behavior
  • Alcohol & Drug Emergencies
  • Communicable Disease
  • Lightning
  • North American Bites & Stings
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Altitude Illness
  • Submersion
  • Cold Water Immersion
  • SCUBA Diving Injuries
  • Geriatrics
  • Emergency Childbirth
  • Infants and Children
  • Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  • Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Contingency Plans & Team Preparedness
  • Litter Improvisation
  • Long Term Patient Care
  • Ambulance Operations
  • Radio Communication Skills
  • Critical Incident Stress
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits
  • Practical Skills Exam
  • NREMT Written Testing

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Partial scholarships are available for WEMT courses. You can also use your AmeriCorps education award for the WEMT with college credit. NOLS Wilderness Medicine can process Veterans Benefits for Wyoming-based WEMT courses.

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“I specifically chose to take my Wilderness EMT through NOLS Wilderness Medicine because of the high quality of education I received during my Wilderness First Responder with them. I firmly believe my education has helped in my profession and with my confidence in the medical field. I will be a lifelong advocate of NOLS.”

- Molly K., WEMT, Caldwell, Wildfire Crew, National Park Service

Credit: Madhu Chikkaraju


A great option for recertifying the wilderness portion of your Wilderness EMT is NOLS Wilderness Medicine's  Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals course (WUMP). This is the best choice if you are also seeking to maximize Continuing Education Units. 

You may also recertify the wilderness portion of your Wilderness EMT with a Wilderness First Responder Recertification, Hybrid Wilderness First Responder Recertification, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or Wilderness First Aid course. 

As a service to our graduates, we provide links to EMT Refresher Training Programs (RTP) offered by some long-term partners. These intensive courses are taught over 2 to 3 days, and they may be used to fulfill the requirements for taking an urban refresher course as established by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). Please check with the course host and your state EMS office to determine if the course will meet your state’s requirements.

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