Wilderness First Responder

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Wilderness First Responder

If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our 9-10 day Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.

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

Dates

Dates

2019 Dates

July 19 – July 28, 2019
Austin, TX

Tuition: $760
Details: University of Texas at Austin
Full, Waitlist Available details

July 26 – Aug. 4, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder
Full, Waitlist Available details

July 28 – Aug. 5, 2019
Batam, Indonesia

Tuition: TBA
Details: Island Connections International/Telunas Beach Resort

Aug. 2 – Aug. 11, 2019
Greeley, CO

Tuition: $650 to $700
Details: University of Northern Colorado Outdoor Pursuits

Aug. 3 – Aug. 11, 2019
Banner Elk, NC

Tuition: $750
Details: Lees McRae College

Aug. 5 – Aug. 14, 2019
Kelly, WY

Tuition: $955 to $1,635
Details: Teton Science Schools

Aug. 6 – Aug. 15, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Ready SF
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Aug. 7 – Aug. 16, 2019
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: $775
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Aug. 9 – Aug. 18, 2019
Cedar Crest, NM

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Aug. 10 – Aug. 19, 2019
Friday Harbor, WA

Tuition: $790
Details: Spring Street International School

Aug. 15 – Aug. 24, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
Filling fast! details

Aug. 16 – Aug. 25, 2019
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $785
Details: Elevation Maritime LLC

Aug. 24 – Sept. 1, 2019
Brevard, NC

Tuition: $775
Details: Brevard College

Aug. 26 – Sept. 6, 2019
Lander, WY

Tuition: TBA
Details: Central Wyoming College

Sept. 7 – Sept. 15, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

Sept. 13 – Sept. 22, 2019
Lyons, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Ryland R. Gardner

Sept. 13 – Sept. 22, 2019
Portland, OR

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Sept. 16 – Sept. 25, 2019
Crested Butte, CO

Tuition: $730
Details: Irwin Guides

Sept. 19 – Sept. 28, 2019
Ranikhet, India

Tuition: $520
Details: NOLS India

Sept. 20 – Sept. 29, 2019
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 20 – Sept. 29, 2019
Greenough, MT

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 28 – Oct. 8, 2019
Kobarid, Slovenia

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Oct. 3 – Oct. 12, 2019
Girdwood, AK

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

Oct. 3 – Oct. 12, 2019
Nelson/Richmond, New Zealand

Tuition: $725
Details: NOLS New Zealand

Oct. 4 – Oct. 13, 2019
Puerto Natales, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

Oct. 4 – Oct. 13, 2019
Saint Paul, MN

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 4 – Oct. 13, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Utah

Oct. 5 – Oct. 13, 2019
Leavenworth, WA

Tuition: $780
Details: Wilderness Medicine Northwest

Oct. 8 – Oct. 17, 2019
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Oct. 12 – Oct. 20, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $910
Details: Landmark Learning

Oct. 14 – Oct. 24, 2019
Kandersteg, Switzerland

Tuition: $1,350
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Oct. 18 – Oct. 27, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

Oct. 18 – Oct. 27, 2019
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 21 – Oct. 30, 2019
Jackson, WY

Tuition: $955 to $1,635
Details: Teton Science Schools

Oct. 25 – Nov. 3, 2019
La Paz, Mexico

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Mexico

Oct. 28 – Nov. 6, 2019
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $725 to $1,075
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

Nov. 1 – Nov. 10, 2019
Jawbone Flats, OR

Tuition: $995
Details: Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Nov. 1 – Nov. 10, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov. 5 – Nov. 14, 2019
Bishop, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Sierra Mountain Center

Nov. 5 – Nov. 14, 2019
Moab, UT

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, 2019
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 3 – Dec. 12, 2019
Midpines, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Dec. 3 – Dec. 12, 2019
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $725 to $1,075
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

Dec. 6 – Dec. 15, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 6 – Dec. 15, 2019
McCall, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: McCall Outdoor Science School

Dec. 7 – Dec. 15, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec. 9 – Dec. 18, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

Dec. 11 – Dec. 20, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

Dec. 12 – Dec. 20, 2019
Greenville, NC

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: East Carolina University

Dec. 12 – Dec. 20, 2019
Boone, NC

Tuition: $530 to $760
Details: Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

Dec. 13 – Dec. 22, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $765
Details: City of Eugene

Dec. 13 – Dec. 22, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec. 13 – Dec. 21, 2019
Greensboro, NC

Tuition: $775
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 2019
Tampa, FL

Tuition: $750
Details: University of South Florida - Tampa

Dec. 27, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
Bainbridge Island, WA

Tuition: $880 to $1,630
Details: IslandWood

Dec. 27, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

2020 Dates

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
Austin, TX

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Texas at Austin

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
Greenfield, MA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Greenfield Community College

Jan. 3 – Jan. 11, 2020
Lexington, KY

Tuition: TBA
Details: University Of Kentucky

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

Jan. 4 – Jan. 12, 2020
Asheville, NC

Tuition: $790 to $890
Details: Landmark Learning

Jan. 6 – Jan. 15, 2020
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

Jan. 6 – Jan. 15, 2020
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado College

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2020
Arcata, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Humboldt State University

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2020
Raquette Lake, NY

Tuition: TBA
Details: SUNY Cortland

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2020
Apopka (Orlando area), FL

Tuition: TBA
Details: Lewis and Clark College

Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, 2020
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Whitman College

Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, 2020
Madison, WI

Tuition: $850
Details: University of Wisconsin - Outdoor UW

Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, 2020
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Whitman College

Jan. 11 – Jan. 19, 2020
Catawba, VA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Shepherd Adventure School

Jan. 18 – Jan. 26, 2020
Brevard, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Brevard College

Jan. 20 – Jan. 29, 2020
Moab, UT

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jan. 24 – Feb. 2, 2020
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Southwest

Feb. 3 – Feb. 12, 2020
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

Feb. 15 – Feb. 23, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Feb. 24 – March 4, 2020
Midpines, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Feb. 28 – March 8, 2020
Billings, MT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Montana State University - Billings

Feb. 28 – March 8, 2020
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

March 7 – March 15, 2020
Spearfish, SD

Tuition: TBA
Details: Black Hills State University Outdoor Program

March 13 – March 22, 2020
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

March 14 – March 22, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

March 14 – March 23, 2020
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Whitman College

March 20 – March 29, 2020
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

March 20 – March 29, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

March 21 – March 29, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

March 21 – March 30, 2020
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UCLA Outdoor Adventures

March 21 – March 29, 2020
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Portland State University

April 3 – April 12, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

April 14 – April 23, 2020
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 15 – April 25, 2020
Flåm, Norway

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

April 16 – April 25, 2020
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

April 21 – April 30, 2020
Moab, UT

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

April 24 – May 3, 2020
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

May 1 – May 10, 2020
Girdwood, AK

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

May 4 – May 13, 2020
Orem, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Utah Valley University

May 4 – May 13, 2020
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

May 5 – May 14, 2020
Conway, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Pacific Northwest

May 5 – May 14, 2020
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Elevation Maritime LLC

May 8 – May 17, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

May 10 – May 18, 2020
Boone, NC

Tuition: $530 to $760
Details: Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

May 12 – May 21, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

May 15 – May 24, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

May 18 – May 27, 2020
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

May 20 – May 29, 2020
Arcata, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Humboldt State University

May 29 – June 7, 2020
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

June 5 – June 14, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

June 8 – June 17, 2020
Grand Canyon, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute

June 12 – June 21, 2020
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

July 10 – July 19, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 13 – July 22, 2020
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

July 17 – July 26, 2020
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

July 24 – Aug. 2, 2020
Austin, TX

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Texas at Austin

July 24 – Aug. 2, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Aug. 4 – Aug. 13, 2020
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

Aug. 7 – Aug. 16, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Aug. 13 – Aug. 21, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Aug. 17 – Aug. 26, 2020
Winona, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Winona State University

Nov. 2 – Nov. 11, 2020
Moab, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec. 5 – Dec. 13, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec. 12 – Dec. 20, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec. 27, 2020 – Jan. 5, 2021
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$520 to $1,635
Learn about Financial Aid & Scholarships

Duration

80 hours

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

3 College Credits
  • 3 Semester
Learn about Academic Credit

Certifications

CPR

Epinephrine Auto-injector

Wilderness First Responder

Downloads

Course Outline

Start/End

Varies

Fly in/out

Varies

Skills learned

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Continuing Education:

This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). More here.

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.

This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license. More here.

 

Prerequisites:

Ready to recertify? Be sure to check out our recertification policies to make sure you're eligible to refresh your certification. 

Topics Covered

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Documentation
  • Medical Legal
  • CPR
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Chest Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management and Traction Splinting
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Mental Health Emergencies
  • Bites, Stings and Poisoning
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes
  • Search and Rescue
  • Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication
  • Communicable Disease
  • Lightning
  • Submersion
  • Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Common Wilderness Medical Problems
  • Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits

Financial Aid & Scholarships

NOLS supports a variety of outside financial aid options:

  • AmeriCorps
  • 529 College Savings Plans
  • Veteran's Benefits (In Wyoming only)

If you are fluent in American Sign Language or Signed Exact English, you may be eligible to receive a full scholarship to your wilderness medicine course. 

“The curriculum was exceptionally well-sequenced to continually build upon prior learning. The pacing kept us alert by alternating informative lecture with carefully chosen hands-on scenarios. These first aid and rescue scenarios continually placed students in situations requiring thinking and analysis, rather than merely rote memorization.”

- WFR grad

Credit: Craig Muderlak

Keep Your Certification Current

Your Wilderness First Responder certification will be current for two years. Recertify your course with a WFR Recert or Hybrid WFR Recert course, or look into our WAFA and WFA courses for other recertification options.

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