Wilderness First Aid

Credit: William Woodward

Wilderness First Aid

Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two or two and a half days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you.

This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than eight hours). You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate 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 WFA Course Outline.

 

Dates

Dates

We found 11 courses in Colorado:

2018 Dates

Aug. 16 – Aug. 17, 2018
Carbondale, CO

Tuition: $250
Details: Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Closed to registration details

Sept. 1 – Sept. 2, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 7 – Sept. 9, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $245 to $265
Details: Tara Performing Arts High School

Sept. 8 – Sept. 9, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Sept. 22 – Sept. 23, 2018
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 6 – Oct. 7, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 20 – Oct. 21, 2018
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Pueblo, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado State University Pueblo

Nov. 17 – Nov. 18, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 15 – Dec. 16, 2018
Denver, CO

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

We found 12 courses in nearby states (Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska):

2018 Dates

Aug. 25 – Aug. 26, 2018
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: $235
Details: Santa Fe Mountain Center

Sept. 8 – Sept. 9, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School
Full, Waitlist Available details

Sept. 29 – Sept. 30, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $235
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Oct. 13 – Oct. 14, 2018
Picacho, AZ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 27 – Oct. 28, 2018
Santa Fe, NM

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 2018
Goodyear, AZ

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 8 – Dec. 9, 2018
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: $235 to $265
Details: REI Outdoor School

2019 Dates

Feb. 9 – Feb. 10, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Albuquerque Academy

April 27 – April 28, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

May 18 – May 19, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $265
Details: University of Utah

June 12 – June 13, 2019
Thoreau, NM

Tuition: $225
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $240
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$180 to $403.46

Duration

16 hours

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

1 College Credits
  • 1 Semester
Learn about Academic Credit

Certifications

CPR (on some courses)

Epinephrine Auto-injector

Wilderness First Aid

Downloads

Course Outline

Start/End

Various

Fly in/out

Various

Skills learned

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Continuing Education: This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid training requirements. It is approved by the United States Coast Guard to satisfy the 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. Learn more here.

 

Recertification Prerequisites:

Using this course 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
  • Evacuation Plans and Emergency Procedures
  • CPR (on some courses)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Lightning
  • The Medical Patient
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness 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 staff was excellent, very knowledgeable, professional, and personable...with good communication skills. Handled and answered our questions well. The course gave real life examples of how to handle injuries in the wilderness."

– WFA grad from NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA

Keep Your Certification Current

To keep up on your WFA certification, retake the course after two years.

 

Recertifying Other Certifications

The WFA may also be used to recertify your Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder and the wilderness portion of your Wilderness EMT certification. If you're using the WFA to recertify, you'll need to pass both a written and a practical examination. 

 

 

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