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

May 29 – June 7, 2018
Chico, CA

Tuition: $700 to $750
Details: Associated Students of CSU Chico - Adventure Outings
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May 30 – June 8, 2018
Bemidji, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Camp Thunderbird

May 30 – June 8, 2018
Leadville, CO

Tuition: $750 to $950
Details: High Mountain Institute
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June 2 – June 10, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Landmark Learning

June 4 – June 13, 2018
Willsboro, NY

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

June 4 – June 13, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $775
Details: Ready SF

June 11 – June 20, 2018
Grand Canyon, AZ

Tuition: $715 to $740
Details: Grand Canyon Association Field Institute
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June 13 – June 21, 2018
Olympic National Park, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: NatureBridge in Olympic National Park

June 14 – June 23, 2018
Pomona, NY

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

June 14 – June 23, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: UC Santa Cruz
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June 15 – June 24, 2018
Boulder, CO

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

June 19 – June 28, 2018
Portland, OR

Tuition: $755
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine
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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
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $650 to $725
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder
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July 6 – July 15, 2018
Greenbelt, MD

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

July 6 – July 15, 2018
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $750 to $785
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

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 27 – Aug. 5, 2018
Austin, TX

Tuition: $750
Details: University of Texas at Austin

July 28 – Aug. 5, 2018
Batam, Indonesia

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

Aug. 3 – Aug. 12, 2018
Greeley, CO

Tuition: $650 to $700
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: $675 to $755
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. 16 – Aug. 25, 2018
Friday Harbor, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Spring Street International School

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

Aug. 25 – Sept. 2, 2018
Brevard, NC

Tuition: $750
Details: Brevard College

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. 17 – Sept. 26, 2018
Crested Butte, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Irwin Guides

Sept. 21 – Sept. 30, 2018
Girdwood, AK

Tuition: TBA
Details: Ready SF

Sept. 21 – Sept. 30, 2018
Raniket, India

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS India

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

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

Oct. 5 – Oct. 14, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Utah

Oct. 6 – Oct. 14, 2018
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $750 to $885
Details: Landmark Learning

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

Tuition: $1,200
Details: Crossing Latitudes

Oct. 19 – Oct. 28, 2018
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Ready SF

Oct. 19 – Oct. 28, 2018
San Diego, CA

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

Oct. 22 – Oct. 31, 2018
Jackson, WY

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

Oct. 26 – Nov. 4, 2018
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

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
Leavenworth, WA

Tuition: $765
Details: Wilderness Medicine Northwest

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. 10 – Nov. 19, 2018
Yellowstone National Park, WY

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yellowstone Forever

Nov. 27 – Dec. 6, 2018
Midpines, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Nov. 28 – Dec. 7, 2018
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, 2018
McCall, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: McCall Outdoor Science School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 9, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $755
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec. 7 – Dec. 16, 2018
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: City of Eugene

Dec. 8 – Dec. 17, 2018
Pueblo, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado State University Pueblo

Dec. 9 – Dec. 18, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

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

Dec. 12 – Dec. 21, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

Dec. 13 – Dec. 21, 2018
Greenville, NC

Tuition: $600 to $700
Details: East Carolina University

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 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. 15 – Dec. 23, 2018
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $745 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

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

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

2019 Dates

Jan. 10 – Jan. 18, 2019
Raquette Lake, NY

Tuition: TBA
Details: SUNY Cortland

Jan. 10 – Jan. 18, 2019
Apopka (Orlando area), FL

Tuition: $750
Details: Lewis and Clark College

Jan. 12 – Jan. 20, 2019
Brevard, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Brevard College

Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Southwest

Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2019
Elon, NC

Tuition: TBA
Details: Elon University

Jan. 29 – Feb. 7, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

Feb. 25 – March 6, 2019
Midpines, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

March 2 – March 10, 2019
Spearfish, SD

Tuition: TBA
Details: Black Hills State University Outdoor Program

March 8 – March 17, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

March 16 – March 24, 2019
Knoxville, TN

Tuition: $725
Details: Prime Medical Training

March 22 – March 31, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: City of Eugene

March 22 – March 31, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

March 23 – March 31, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

April 19 – April 28, 2019
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

May 6 – May 15, 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

May 10 – May 19, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

May 11 – May 20, 2019
La Paz, Mexico

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Mexico

May 18 – May 26, 2019
Washington Crossing, PA

Tuition: $745
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

June 7 – June 16, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

June 8 – June 16, 2019
Willsboro, NY

Tuition: $745 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

June 10 – June 19, 2019
Grand Canyon, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Grand Canyon Association Field Institute

June 14 – June 23, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: UC Santa Cruz

July 12 – July 21, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

July 26 – Aug. 4, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

Aug. 5 – Aug. 14, 2019
Kelly, WY

Tuition: TBA
Details: Teton Science Schools

Dec. 13 – Dec. 22, 2019
Boulder, CO

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

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

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

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition
$600 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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