NOLS offers wilderness medicine courses that will 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, and courses range in length from 2 to 30 days.
Developed by NOLS staff who are industry experts and experienced practitioners, our curriculum is field tested by our expedition instructors and informed by decades of injury and illness data. These help us prepare students to respond to the most likely incidents that happen in the wilderness.
NOLS instructors are expert educators with years of medical and wilderness leadership experience. They are, first and foremost, intentional educators.
With backgrounds ranging from veterans of the U.S. Navy to National Park Service Rangers, outdoor educators, flight nurses, and more, they bring real and deep experiences to teaching the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies.
You’ll enjoy the rugged landscape of rural Wyoming both for its beautiful views as well as the opportunity to manage real-life terrain and weather conditions during simulated medical scenarios.
Specifically designed for teaching wilderness medicine, students enjoy two indoor classrooms, easy access to outdoor practice space, cabin-style housing, and delicious on-campus meals.
The Wyss Campus facilities combine cutting-edge, environmentally friendly design with sweeping views of the striking red rock formations of Lander’s Red Canyon. From solar power and composting toilets to geothermal heating and cooling, this is an outstanding example of how to minimize human impact on the land. Join a group of motivated students to learn how to respond to medical emergencies—at home and in the backcountry.
Learn more about earning a Wilderness EMT certification