NOLS Wilderness Medicine
All students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on all U.S. based NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses beginning in November 2021. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purposes of this policy.
Please see our COVID-19 Disclosure for more information.
If NOLS Wilderness Medicine is providing the registration service for your course, the following policies apply:
For Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician // Medicine in the Wild // Wilderness Medicine Expedition Courses:
All Other Wilderness Medicine Courses:
If NOLS Wilderness Medicine is providing the registration service for your course, full tuition payment must be received by the cancellation deadline for your course. Failure to pay in full for a course by the deadline will result in the cancelation of your registration, and retention of all monies paid. For WEMT/MED/WME courses tuition in full is due 45 days prior to the course start date. For all other wilderness medicine courses payment in full is due 15 days prior to your course start.
Students are required to attend all class sessions and field exercises. Students may miss no more than 10% of the course hours. Review of missed curriculum or examinations is the student’s responsibility. Students with absences exceeding 10% of course hours will not be eligible for testing and/or certification. No refunds of tuition or course costs will be offered.
Keep your edge, learn updated curriculum, and refresh your skills: recertify your wilderness medicine training before your certification expires.
All NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications are good for two years from the end date of the course. NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications will be afforded a one-year period after expiration within which to recertify. This one-year re-entry period is only offered for NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications. Your certification is not valid during your re-entry period. Should you fail to recertify by the end of your re-entry period you will need to participate in a full course to gain a valid certification. NOLS Wilderness Medicine certified students should bring their certification card to the course so that the instructor can verify the expiration date.
Example: If the last day of your course is September 1, 2021, your certification expires on September 1, 2023, your re-entry period ends September 1, 2024.
Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Weapons
No alcohol, no tobacco, no drugs, and no weapons are allowed in the classroom.
Animals on Courses
Animals are not allowed at the course site. This includes leashing them outside. Any student bringing an animal to class will be asked to leave until the animal is safely situated in a kennel or other facility. No exceptions.
If you have a service animal that is trained to do work or perform tasks on your behalf and intend to bring them to class, please contact us.
NOLS is committed to building a diverse community that is inclusive of people from all backgrounds. NOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or veteran status. The school’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.
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