Wilderness First Responder

Credit: Lisa Bauer

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!

Download the WFR course outline.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

Feb. 23 – March 4, 2018
Klamath Falls, OR

Tuition: $649
Details: Klamath Community College
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Feb. 23 – March 4, 2018
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $735
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute
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Feb. 24 – March 4, 2018
San Rafael, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF
Full, Waitlist Available details

Feb. 26 – March 7, 2018
Midpines, CA

Tuition: $755 to $1,365
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort
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March 2 – March 11, 2018
Bengaluru, India

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS India

March 2 – March 11, 2018
Billings, MT

Tuition: $735
Details: Montana State University - Billings

March 3 – March 11, 2018
Spearfish, SD

Tuition: $700 to $750
Details: Black Hills State University Outdoor Program

March 3 – March 11, 2018
Washington's Crossing, PA

Tuition: $775
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

March 3 – March 11, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

March 3 – March 11, 2018
Durango, CO

Tuition: $700 to $750
Details: Fort Lewis College - Outdoor Pursuits
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March 3 – March 11, 2018
Raleigh, NC

Tuition: $750
Details: Landmark Learning

March 9 – March 18, 2018
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: $715
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

March 9 – March 18, 2018
La Paz, Mexico

Tuition: $600
Details: NOLS Mexico

March 10 – March 19, 2018
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: $350 to $750
Details: Whitman College
Full, Waitlist Available details

March 10 – March 18, 2018
Chattanooga, TN

Tuition: $700
Details: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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March 10 – March 18, 2018
Knoxville, TN

Tuition: $690
Details: Prime Medical Training

March 11 – March 20, 2018
Kamuela, HI

Tuition: $885
Details: Renee Jenkinson/Pacific Wilds

March 16 – March 25, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $735
Details: University of Utah
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March 17 – March 25, 2018
Table Rock, NC

Tuition: $780
Details: North Carolina Outward Bound School
Full, Waitlist Available details

March 17 – March 25, 2018
Lynchburg, VA

Tuition: $500 to $715
Details: Liberty University

March 17 – March 25, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
Full, Waitlist Available details

March 17 – March 25, 2018
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: $755
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine
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March 22 – March 31, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: UC Santa Cruz

March 23 – April 1, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

March 23 – April 1, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $750
Details: UCLA Outdoor Adventures
Full, Waitlist Available details

March 23 – April 1, 2018
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $750
Details: City of Eugene
Full, Waitlist Available details

March 24 – April 1, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $625 to $725
Details: Portland State University
Full, Waitlist Available details

March 24 – April 1, 2018
Boise, ID

Tuition: $740
Details: Idaho Rescue Training
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March 24 – April 1, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder
Full, Waitlist Available details

April 4 – April 14, 2018
Flåm, Norway

Tuition: TBA
Details: Crossing Latitudes

April 4 – April 13, 2018
Wrangell, AK

Tuition: TBA
Details: East Basin Company

April 7 – April 15, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

April 7 – April 16, 2018
Ann Arbor, MI

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

April 10 – April 19, 2018
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

April 10 – April 19, 2018
Moab, UT

Tuition: $755
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

April 10 – April 19, 2018
Bend, OR

Tuition: $745
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 16 – April 25, 2018
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

April 17 – April 26, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $755
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

April 19 – April 28, 2018
Holden Village, WA

Tuition: $995
Details: Holden Village

April 20 – April 29, 2018
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $735
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

April 21 – April 29, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

April 22 – May 1, 2018
Boulder, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Boulder Outdoor Survival School

April 24 – May 3, 2018
Conway, WA

Tuition: $795 to $925
Details: NOLS Pacific Northwest

April 30 – May 9, 2018
Girdwood, AK

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

May 1 – May 10, 2018
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $770
Details: Brandon A. Schwartz

May 1 – May 10, 2018
Sun Valley, ID

Tuition: $740
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

May 2 – May 11, 2018
Canton, MA

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

May 2 – May 11, 2018
Granby, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Camp Chief Ouray

May 4 – May 12, 2018
Orem, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Utah Valley University

May 4 – May 13, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $735
Details: University of Utah

May 5 – May 14, 2018
Bloomington, MN

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

May 7 – May 16, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $725
Details: Regis University

May 7 – May 16, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $735
Details: Lewis and Clark College

May 7 – May 16, 2018
Collegedale, TN

Tuition: $735
Details: Southern Adventist University

May 7 – May 16, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

May 12 – May 20, 2018
Portland, ME

Tuition: TBA
Details: Outdoor Sport Institute (formerly Maine Winter Sports Center)

May 13 – May 21, 2018
Boone, NC

Tuition: $500 to $725
Details: Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

May 14 – May 23, 2018
Golden, CO

Tuition: $675 to $725
Details: Colorado School of Mines

May 14 – May 23, 2018
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $625 to $725
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

May 16 – May 25, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

May 16 – May 25, 2018
Arcata, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Humboldt State University

May 17 – May 26, 2018
Grand Junction, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado Mesa University Outdoor Program

May 17 – May 25, 2018
Radford, VA

Tuition: $775 to $1,045
Details: Boy Scouts Of America - Blue Ridge Mountains Council

May 18 – May 27, 2018
San Antonio, TX

Tuition: $750
Details: The University of Texas at San Antonio - Outdoor Pursuits

May 19 – May 28, 2018
Woodland Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Catamount Center

May 20 – May 28, 2018
Murfreesboro, TN

Tuition: $600 to $650
Details: Middle Tenn. State Univ. - Murfreesboro

May 21 – May 30, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

May 29 – June 7, 2018
Chico, CA

Tuition: $700 to $750
Details: Associated Students of CSU Chico - Adventure Outings

May 30 – June 8, 2018
Leadville, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: High Mountain Institute

May 30 – June 8, 2018
Bemidji, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Camp Thunderbird

June 2 – June 10, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Landmark Learning

June 4 – June 13, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

June 4 – June 13, 2018
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $725 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

June 11 – June 20, 2018
Grand Canyon, AZ

Tuition: $715 to $740
Details: Grand Canyon Association Field Institute

June 13 – June 22, 2018
Olympic National Park, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: NatureBridge in Olympic National Park

June 14 – June 23, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: UC Santa Cruz

June 14 – June 23, 2018
Pomona, NY

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

June 15 – June 24, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

June 19 – June 28, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $755
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

June 24 – July 3, 2018
Newport, WA

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

June 30 – July 8, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

July 6 – July 15, 2018
Greenbelt, MD

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

July 6 – July 15, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 6 – July 15, 2018
Woodinville, WA

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

July 9 – July 18, 2018
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

July 16 – July 25, 2018
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $625 to $725
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

July 20 – July 29, 2018
South Holland, IL

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

July 27 – Aug. 5, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 28 – Aug. 5, 2018
Batam, Indonesia

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

Aug. 3 – Aug. 12, 2018
Greeley, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Northern Colorado Outdoor Pursuits

Aug. 4 – Aug. 12, 2018
Dahlonega, GA

Tuition: $798 to $1,894
Details: Barefoot Lodge and Hiker Hostel

Aug. 4 – Aug. 12, 2018
Banner Elk, NC

Tuition: $700
Details: Lees McRae College

Aug. 6 – Aug. 15, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

Aug. 6 – Aug. 15, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

Aug. 7 – Aug. 16, 2018
Kelly, WY

Tuition: $939 to $1,599
Details: Teton Science Schools

Aug. 8 – Aug. 17, 2018
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Aug. 10 – Aug. 19, 2018
Cedar Crest, NM

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

Aug. 12 – Aug. 20, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Aug. 17 – Aug. 26, 2018
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $770
Details: Brandon A. Schwartz

Aug. 25 – Sept. 3, 2018
Lyons, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Ryland R. Gardner

Sept. 1 – Sept. 9, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

Sept. 14 – Sept. 23, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Sept. 22 – Oct. 1, 2018
Woodinville, WA

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

Oct. 15 – Oct. 25, 2018
Kandersteg, Switzerland

Tuition: $1,200
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Oct. 19 – Oct. 28, 2018
San Diego, CA

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

Oct. 20 – Oct. 28, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $885
Details: Landmark Learning

Oct. 22 – Oct. 31, 2018
Jackson, WY

Tuition: $939 to $1,599
Details: Teton Science Schools

Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2018
Bend, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

Nov. 2 – Nov. 11, 2018
Jawbone Flats, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Nov. 4 – Nov. 12, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Bishop, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Sierra Mountain Center

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Moab, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2018
Leavenworth, WA

Tuition: $765
Details: Wilderness Medicine Northwest

Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, 2018
McCall, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: McCall Outdoor Science School

Dec. 9 – Dec. 18, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

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

Dec. 10 – Dec. 18, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $975
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec. 28, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition
$350 to $1,894
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

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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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