Wilderness First Responder

Credit: Eric Page

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!

Dates

Dates

2019 Dates

Dec. 6 – Dec. 15, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

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

Dec. 6 – Dec. 15, 2019
McCall , ID

Tuition: $715 to $1,364.53
Details: McCall Outdoor Science School
In Progress

Dec. 7 – Dec. 15, 2019
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $770
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
2 spaces remain details

Dec. 9 – Dec. 18, 2019
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

Dec. 11 – Dec. 20, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine
Full, Waitlist Available details

Dec. 12 – Dec. 20, 2019
Greenville, NC

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: East Carolina University

Dec. 12 – Dec. 20, 2019
Boone, NC

Tuition: $560 to $795
Details: Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs
Full, Waitlist Available details

Dec. 13 – Dec. 22, 2019
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $765
Details: City of Eugene

Dec. 13 – Dec. 21, 2019
Greensboro, NC

Tuition: $775
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 13 – Dec. 22, 2019
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder
Full, Waitlist Available details

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 2019
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $775 to $1,000
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22, 2019
Tampa, FL

Tuition: $750
Details: University of South Florida - Tampa

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

Tuition: $700 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder
Full, Waitlist Available details

Dec. 27, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
Bainbridge Island, WA

Tuition: $880 to $1,630
Details: IslandWood

2020 Dates

Jan. 2 – Jan. 11, 2020
Hudson , WI

Tuition: $776 to $972
Details: YMCA Camp St. Croix

Jan. 2 – Jan. 11, 2020
Denver, CO

Tuition: $690 to $760
Details: Regis University

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute
3 spaces remain details

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF
5 spaces remain details

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
Juneau, AK

Tuition: $900
Details: East Basin Company

Jan. 3 – Jan. 11, 2020
Lexington, KY

Tuition: TBA
Details: University Of Kentucky

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
Austin, TX

Tuition: $775
Details: University of Texas at Austin
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 3 – Jan. 12, 2020
Greenfield, MA

Tuition: $725
Details: Greenfield Community College

Jan. 4 – Jan. 12, 2020
Asheville, NC

Tuition: $790 to $890
Details: Landmark Learning

Jan. 6 – Jan. 15, 2020
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: $660 to $760
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

Jan. 6 – Jan. 15, 2020
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: $695 to $725
Details: Colorado College
Full, Waitlist Available details

Jan. 7 – Jan. 16, 2020
Incline Village, NV

Tuition: $735
Details: Sierra Nevada College
2 spaces remain details

Jan. 7 – Jan. 16, 2020
Berkeley, CA

Tuition: $795
Details: Cal Adventures

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2020
Arcata, CA

Tuition: $655 to $735
Details: Humboldt State University

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2020
Raquette Lake, NY

Tuition: $1,350
Details: SUNY Cortland

Jan. 8 – Jan. 17, 2020
Apopka (Orlando area), FL

Tuition: $775 to $899
Details: Lewis and Clark College

Jan. 9 – Jan. 18, 2020
Portland, OR

Tuition: $775
Details: Lewis and Clark College

Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, 2020
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: $675 to $775
Details: Whitman College
4 spaces remain details

Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, 2020
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: $675 to $775
Details: Whitman College

Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, 2020
Madison, WI

Tuition: $850
Details: University of Wisconsin - Outdoor UW

Jan. 17 – Jan. 26, 2020
Washington, DC

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 18 – Jan. 26, 2020
Brevard, NC

Tuition: $795
Details: Brevard College

Jan. 20 – Jan. 29, 2020
Moab, UT

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jan. 24 – Feb. 2, 2020
Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Southwest

Jan. 24 – Feb. 2, 2020
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Jan. 27 – Feb. 5, 2020
Portland, OR

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Jan. 31 – Feb. 9, 2020
Hygiene, CO

Tuition: $750
Details: William Gardner

Feb. 1 – Feb. 10, 2020
Kathmandu, Nepal

Tuition: $1,350
Details: Himalayan Medics (P) LTD.

Feb. 4 – Feb. 13, 2020
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

Feb. 8 – Feb. 16, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

Feb. 10 – Feb. 19, 2020
Fossil, OR

Tuition: $965 to $1,095
Details: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Feb. 14 – Feb. 23, 2020
San Diego, CA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 15 – Feb. 23, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Feb. 21 – March 1, 2020
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Feb. 22 – March 1, 2020

Tuition: TBA
Details: Ready SF

Feb. 24 – March 4, 2020
Midpines, CA

Tuition: $773 to $1,753
Details: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Feb. 28 – March 8, 2020
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $725
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

Feb. 28 – March 8, 2020
Ranikhet, India

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS India

Feb. 28 – March 8, 2020
Billings, MT

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: Montana State University - Billings

Feb. 28 – March 8, 2020
Northville, MI

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

March 6 – March 15, 2020
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $810
Details: University of Utah

March 7 – March 15, 2020
Spearfish, SD

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: Black Hills State University Outdoor Program

March 7 – March 15, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

March 7 – March 15, 2020
Chattanooga, TN

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

March 13 – March 22, 2020
Albuquerque, NM

Tuition: TBA
Details: Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

March 14 – March 22, 2020
Durango, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Fort Lewis College - Outdoor Pursuits

March 14 – March 22, 2020
Lynchburg, VA

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: Liberty University

March 14 – March 22, 2020
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

March 14 – March 22, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $930
Details: Landmark Learning

March 14 – March 23, 2020
Walla Walla, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Whitman College

March 14 – March 22, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

March 14 – March 22, 2020
Talkeetna, AK

Tuition: $725
Details: Alaska Avalanche School

March 18 – March 26, 2020
Table Rock, NC

Tuition: $793
Details: North Carolina Outward Bound School

March 20 – March 28, 2020
Klamath Falls, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Klamath Community College

March 20 – March 29, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

March 20 – March 29, 2020
Eugene, OR

Tuition: $765
Details: City of Eugene

March 20 – March 29, 2020
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

March 21 – March 29, 2020
Boise, ID

Tuition: $765
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

March 21 – March 30, 2020
Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

March 21 – March 29, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

March 21 – March 29, 2020
Portland, OR

Tuition: $650 to $750
Details: Portland State University

March 28 – April 5, 2020
Hendersonville, NC

Tuition: $930 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

April 3 – April 12, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

April 10 – April 19, 2020
Boise, ID

Tuition: $765
Details: Sage International School

April 14 – April 23, 2020
Bishop, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Sierra Mountain Center

April 14 – April 23, 2020
Bend, OR

Tuition: $800
Details: Bend Park & Recreation District

April 14 – April 23, 2020
Portland, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

April 15 – April 25, 2020
Flåm, Norway

Tuition: $1,400
Details: Crossing Latitudes

April 16 – April 25, 2020
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

April 16 – April 25, 2020
Chelan, WA

Tuition: $1,195
Details: Holden Village

April 18 – April 26, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

April 21 – April 30, 2020
Moab, UT

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

April 24 – May 3, 2020
Fort Snelling, MN

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

April 24 – May 3, 2020
Estes Park, CO

Tuition: $750
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

April 25 – May 4, 2020
Boulder, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Boulder Outdoor Survival School

April 29 – May 8, 2020
Granby, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Camp Chief Ouray

May 1 – May 10, 2020
Girdwood, AK

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

May 2 – May 11, 2020
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuition: $810
Details: University of Utah

May 4 – May 13, 2020
Denver, CO

Tuition: $690 to $760
Details: Regis University

May 4 – May 13, 2020
Orem, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: Utah Valley University

May 4 – May 13, 2020
Reykjavik, Iceland

Tuition: TBA
Details: Icelandic Mountain Guides

May 5 – May 14, 2020
Conway, WA

Tuition: $795 to $925
Details: NOLS Pacific Northwest

May 5 – May 14, 2020
Tahoe City, CA

Tuition: $810
Details: Elevation Maritime LLC

May 8 – May 17, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

May 9 – May 17, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

May 10 – May 18, 2020
Boone, NC

Tuition: $560 to $795
Details: Appalachian State University - Outdoor Programs

May 11 – May 20, 2020
Golden, CO

Tuition: $700 to $735
Details: Colorado School of Mines Outdoor Recreation Center

May 12 – May 21, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

May 12 – May 21, 2020
Hailey, ID

Tuition: $765
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

May 15 – May 24, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

May 16 – May 24, 2020
South Portland, ME

Tuition: $795
Details: Landmark Learning

May 18 – May 27, 2020
Willsboro (Adirondacks), NY

Tuition: $695 to $1,095
Details: Wilderness Rescue Training

May 18 – May 27, 2020
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

May 19 – May 28, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Tuition: TBA
Details: The University of Texas at San Antonio - Outdoor Pursuits

May 20 – May 29, 2020
Grand Junction, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Colorado Mesa University Outdoor Program

May 20 – May 29, 2020
Arcata, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Humboldt State University

May 23 – May 31, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

May 26 – June 4, 2020
Chico, CA

Tuition: TBA
Details: Associated Students of CSU Chico - Adventure Outings

May 29 – June 7, 2020
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

June 1 – June 10, 2020
Crested Butte, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Irwin Guides

June 1 – June 10, 2020
Bemidji, MN

Tuition: TBA
Details: Camp Thunderbird

June 5 – June 14, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

June 5 – June 15, 2020
Boston, MA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 8 – June 17, 2020
Grand Canyon, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute

June 12 – June 21, 2020
Pomona, NY

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

June 16 – June 25, 2020
Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

June 20 – June 28, 2020
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

June 27 – July 5, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

June 29 – July 8, 2020
Olympic National Park, WA

Tuition: TBA
Details: NatureBridge in Olympic National Park

July 10 – July 19, 2020
Greenbelt, MD

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 10 – July 19, 2020
Hailey, ID

Tuition: TBA
Details: Idaho Rescue Training

July 10 – July 19, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 11 – July 20, 2020
Northville, MI

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 13 – July 22, 2020
Fort Collins, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: CSU Outdoor Program

July 17 – July 26, 2020
Santiago, Chile

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Patagonia

July 24 – Aug. 2, 2020
Austin, TX

Tuition: $775
Details: University of Texas at Austin

July 24 – Aug. 2, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

July 24 – Aug. 2, 2020
Allenspark, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Mountain Rescue Institute

July 31 – Aug. 9, 2020
Cedar Crest, NM

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

July 31 – Aug. 9, 2020
Greeley, CO

Tuition: $725
Details: University of Northern Colorado Outdoor Pursuits

Aug. 4 – Aug. 13, 2020
Sausalito, CA

Tuition: $790
Details: Ready SF

Aug. 7 – Aug. 16, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Aug. 7 – Aug. 16, 2020
Gunnison, CO

Tuition: $795
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Aug. 13 – Aug. 21, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: $785
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Aug. 17 – Aug. 26, 2020
Lanesboro, MN

Tuition: $1,299 to $1,399
Details: Winona State University

Sept. 5 – Sept. 13, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

Sept. 14 – Sept. 23, 2020
Crested Butte, CO

Tuition: TBA
Details: Irwin Guides

Sept. 18 – Sept. 27, 2020
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 2 – Oct. 11, 2020
Fort Snelling, MN

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Oct. 10 – Oct. 18, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

Nov. 2 – Nov. 11, 2020
Moab, UT

Tuition: TBA
Details: NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Nov. 6 – Nov. 15, 2020
Jawbone Flats, OR

Tuition: TBA
Details: Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Nov. 13 – Nov. 22, 2020
Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 5 – Dec. 13, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

Tuition: TBA
Details: Flagstaff Field Institute

Dec. 11 – Dec. 20, 2020
Woodinville, WA

Tuition: $765 to $800
Details: REI Outdoor School

Dec. 12 – Dec. 20, 2020
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Dec. 12 – Dec. 20, 2020
Cullowhee, NC

Tuition: $795 to $1,020
Details: Landmark Learning

Dec. 27, 2020 – Jan. 5, 2021
Boulder, CO

Tuition: $725 to $775
Details: University of Colorado-Boulder

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$560 to $1,753
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

Downloads

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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