A Wilderness EMT student stands in front of a helicopter at the NOLS Wyss Campus.
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Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician


200 hours


18+ yrs


$3,975 to $4,750

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Learn both wilderness medicine and urban medical care practices in this intensive, month-long program.

After four weeks of classroom education, practical skills, scenarios, and full-scale mock rescues, you'll be ready to handle medical emergencies, in the wilderness or in town. You'll earn both your EMT and your Wilderness EMT certifications, preparing you to work on an ambulance, for an outdoor organization, or a land management agency.

You'll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold, or hot environments!

Course Policies
Please review our policies including cancellation policies, attendance requirements, minimum age requirements, and more. 

Also see dates for our Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT plus Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals Format) courses.

PLEASE READ: Important Course Information

WEMT Course Outline

Communicable Disease Practices

Student Agreement

Additional Details

You will need to meet the following prerequisites:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination
  • ​Professional Level CPR Certification
  • Current TuberculosisTest
  • Hepatitis B ​Vaccination
  • ​Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination
  • Current T​etanus Shot
  • ​History of Chicken Pox or Varicella Vaccination​
  • ​Flu shot (seasonal)
  • Clean 10 Panel Drug Screen
  • National Criminal Background Check

For specific details about the prerequisites, please contact NOLS Wilderness Medicine at wilderness_medicine_wemt@nols.edu.

Continuing Education (Learn More)

This course has been approved for Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. Actual credits awarded depend on personal credit needs and history. 

Academic Credit (Learn more)
This course is approved for 9 college credits through the University of Utah and 6 college credits through Western Colorado University.

Course Dates

11 courses



Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jul 3, 2023 –
Jul 28, 2023


Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Mt Shasta, CA
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jul 10, 2023 –
Aug 4, 2023


3 spaces Enroll Now

Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jul 24, 2023 –
Aug 18, 2023


4 spaces Enroll Now

Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Aug 14, 2023 –
Sep 8, 2023


Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Sep 25, 2023 –
Oct 20, 2023


Full, Waitlist Available Enroll Now

Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Oct 16, 2023 –
Nov 10, 2023


Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Nov 6, 2023 –
Dec 1, 2023


Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Nov 27, 2023 –
Dec 22, 2023


Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jan 1, 2024 –
Jan 26, 2024


Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jan 22, 2024 –
Feb 16, 2024


Lander, WY
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Mar 4, 2024 –
Mar 29, 2024


Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Emergency Care & Training
  • Medical Legal Issues
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Documentation
  • Airway Obstruction & Respiratory Arrest
  • O2 Therapy
  • Bleeding & Shock
  • CPR
  • CPR Considerations for the Remote Environment
  • Chest Trauma
  • Common Wilderness Medical Problems
  • Central Nervous System
  • Lifting and Moving
  • C-Collars
  • Back Board and KED Board
  • Litter Packaging
  • Backcountry Spinal Assessment
  • Head Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management
  • Traction Splints
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat & Hydration Illnesses
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Diabetes
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Poisoning
  • Triage
  • Multiple Casualty Incidents
  • Incident Command System
  • Leadership, Teamwork & Communication
  • Medical Decision-making
  • Disturbances of Behavior
  • Alcohol & Drug Emergencies
  • Communicable Disease
  • Lightning
  • North American Bites & Stings
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Altitude Illness
  • Submersion
  • Cold Water Immersion
  • SCUBA Diving Injuries
  • Geriatrics
  • Emergency Childbirth
  • Infants and Children
  • Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  • Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Contingency Plans & Team Preparedness
  • Litter Improvisation
  • Long Term Patient Care
  • Ambulance Operations
  • Radio Communication Skills
  • Critical Incident Stress
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits
  • Practical Skills Exam
  • NREMT Written Testing

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Partial scholarships are available for WEMT courses. You can also use your AmeriCorps education award for the WEMT with college credit. NOLS Wilderness Medicine can process Veterans Benefits for Wyoming-based WEMT courses.

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“I specifically chose to take my Wilderness EMT through NOLS Wilderness Medicine because of the high quality of education I received during my Wilderness First Responder with them. I firmly believe my education has helped in my profession and with my confidence in the medical field. I will be a lifelong advocate of NOLS.”

- Molly K., WEMT, Caldwell, Wildfire Crew, National Park Service

Credit: Madhu Chikkaraju


A great option for recertifying the wilderness portion of your Wilderness EMT is NOLS Wilderness Medicine's  Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals course (WUMP). This is the best choice if you are also seeking to maximize Continuing Education Units. 

You may also recertify the wilderness portion of your Wilderness EMT with a Wilderness First Responder Recertification, Hybrid Wilderness First Responder Recertification, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or Wilderness First Aid course. 

As a service to our graduates, we provide links to EMT Refresher Training Programs (RTP) offered by some long-term partners. These intensive courses are taught over 2 to 3 days, and they may be used to fulfill the requirements for taking an urban refresher course as established by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). Please check with the course host and your state EMS office to determine if the course will meet your state’s requirements.

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