NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Build Skills to Adventure with Confidence

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Training Designed for the Wilderness

NOLS Wilderness Medicine offers courses ranging in length from 2 to 30 days that prepare you to recognize, treat, and prevent injuries and illnesses that are common in the outdoors. 

You’ll learn NOLS’ industry-leading, data-informed curriculum and build new skills through hands-on practice scenarios. 

Over 1,000 courses are offered each year in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world.


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What if you, a friend, or a family member gets sick or injured while you’re away from immediate help? The 2-day Wilderness First Aid course will give you a fun, hands-on introduction to managing what commonly occurs on wilderness trips, more serious emergencies, and everything in between. No matter your previous experience, this training will give you the confidence to adventure further and take care of your family, friends, and yourself.


Outdoor Professionals

If you already work in the outdoor industry or want to someday, a NOLS Wilderness Medicine certification is the credential employers value. Courses including the 10-day Wilderness First Responder and our intensive, 26-day Wilderness EMT are the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, and more. Gain skills for work in the wilderness or other remote environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable.



Are you still ready to respond? Keep your edge and practice using your training. You’ll also learn the latest techniques and approaches based on the newest wilderness medicine research. NOLS recommends refreshing your skills and renewing your certification every 2 years.


Medical Professionals

NOLS courses for medical professionals (PA, RN, EMT, MD, etc.) offer CMEs and are designed to help you adapt your urban medical knowledge to remote settings. In the wilderness, you may have minimal access to equipment and your ability to improvise is crucial to your patient’s well-being.


Become an Instructor

Are you a passionate educator and excited to share your interest in wilderness medicine with others? Consider instructing for NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Instructors are intentional educators who provide the highest quality education and information on managing wilderness emergencies. To become an instructor, you need to complete the Instructor Training Course (ITC), a 7- or 10-day intensive training in Lander, Wyoming.

Students attentively gathered around an instructor giving a hands-on lesson, about medicine.



Still not sure what type of course is right for you? Check out our charts for comparing courses.


Host a Wilderness Medicine Course

Bring NOLS Wilderness Medicine to you! From Africa to New Zealand, Alaska to Baja, and from the Southwest deserts to the Southeast river canyons—anywhere you need to train staff or students to manage emergencies in remote environments, we can provide a course for you.

Explore your options and join a community of more than 450 sponsors when you host a course that’s right for you and your organization.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine is a GSA Authorized Federal Supplier. See our Authorized Federal Supply Schedule Price List.


Financial Aid

NOLS welcomes all students and supports dreams by providing more financial aid than any organization in the industry—we award nearly $1.9 million in need-based scholarships each year. Additional financial aid opportunities include veterans benefits, 529 savings plans, and AmeriCorps education awards.

See all Financial Aid Options


Academic Credit

More than 400 colleges and universities nationwide accept college and high school credit earned on a NOLS course—up to 27 hours for an academic year. Qualifying subject areas include: cultural studies, first aid, risk management, leadership techniques, and environmental studies.

See Academic Credit Options


Stories from the Wild

First Aid

Why You Should Take a Wilderness First Aid Course

Ben Lerman | March 21, 2019

You love the outdoors. The beauty. The adventure. The chance to unplug. The quality time with family and friends, or even by yourself. Whether you choose to explore the wilds by hiking, on the water, with a fishing rod in hand, or up a mountain road with your camper, the remoteness and rawness of it all is likely part of the appeal.... Read More


First Aid

7 Jobs You Can Get With a Wilderness Medicine Certification

Ben Lerman | December 6, 2016

You’re thinking about starting a new career. Your dream job might be working in the mountains. Or as a first responder with Search and Rescue. Or providing medical care in a hospital. Or maybe you want to instruct NOLS courses.... Read More

Students practice Wilderness Medicine assessment techniques in the natural classroom


First Aid

Which Wilderness Medicine Course Is Right for You? [Infographic]

Sarah Buer | December 6, 2016

Need help deciding on what type of Wilderness Medicine course is right for you? This infographic might be just what you need to help you decide what course to take.... Read More