Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness First Responder (WFR): The WFR course is the standard level of medical training for professional outdoor recreation industry field staff that work multi-day, overnight trips in remote environments, military, technical rescue personnel, and those working in disaster relief. Our comprehensive, contextual and practical curriculum has gained popularity among outdoor  enthusiasts, endurance athletes, and adventure travelers who push their boundaries in remote areas with limited resources, unreliable communication, and the potential for delayed or self rescue. 

Course participants will develop strong patient assessment skills, adopt treatment tools, to stabilize life-threatening conditions, and learn how to provide extended patient care in austere environments. Most importantly, this training will prepare individuals to prevent many environmental illness and proactively manage pre-existing conditions in the field. Individuals will also develop the confidence to professionally call in a rescue in the event of a backcountry emergency and manage the evacuation of a medical or trauma patient. 

Wilderness First Aid (WFA): This course is designed for the outdoor enthusiast, trip leader, raft guide, or land agency field staff who want more than what an urban first aid course provides. The WFA is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and  basic life support skills. This training focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment of environmental illness, recognizing and stabilizing life threats caused by trauma, and calling for a rescue in the event of a wilderness emergency. 

Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WRC): This course recertifies and refreshes a current WFR or WAFA with new updates in WIlderness medicine assessments and treatments based on best practices and new research, as well as updated industry standard protocols. This course prioritizes the review of foundational skills, new skills and field guidelines through hands-on scenarios and simulations. 

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT

  • Urban vs Wilderness Medicine                                  •Basic Traumatic Injuries                            
  • Intro to Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability        •Red Flag Backcountry Medical Problems
  • Basic Wilderness Medicine Guidelines                      •Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training
  • Intro to Wilderness Risk Management                      •Basic Environmental Medicine
  • Patient Assessment                                                    •Intro to Backcountry Communication Devices
  • Basic Life Support                                                       •"How to" of Medical Documentation
  • Calling a Rescue                           

Hours: 16    Length: 2 Days     Certifications: CPR, WAT, WFA

CEU: None

Register

Wellness dimension: environmental
Wellness dimension: occupational
Wellness dimension: physical

Prerequisites

  • Must be 16 years of age by the first day of course. 

Where & When

November 20, 2021 - November 21, 2021
Sundays, Saturdays
8:00am - 6:00pm

Enrollment

Jun 2, 2021 - Nov 19, 2021

Min: 8

Max: 24

Fees

Student220
Member225
Non-Member245

Overview of Course Content: 

  • Urban vs Wilderness Medicine.                                   •Basic vs Expedition First Aid Kits
  • Wilderness Medicine Guidelines.                                •Improvised Litters.
  • Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability.                       •Professional Incident Documentation.
  • Wilderness Risk Management.                                    •Micromedics.
  • Wilderness Anaphylaxis.                                              •Complex Traumatic Injuries.
  • Genitourinary Issues.                                                   •Dislocations.
  • Mental Health Illness.                                                  •Spine Injury Management
  • Complex Environmental Medicine.                             •Vacuum Spine Board.    
  • Avalanche Burial Resuscitation.                                    •Complex Backcountry Medical Problems.
  • Patient Assessment.                                                     •Basic Life Support.
  • Backcountry Medication Management.                      •Airway Management & Adjuncts.
  • Incident Management.                                                 •Backcountry Communication Devices.
  • Leadership & Critical Thinking During An Incident.   •Professionally Calling a Rescue.
  • Complex Night Scenario Simulation.                           •Psychological First Aid    

 

Hours: 80    Length: Self-paced online component + 5 days     Certifications: WFR, WAT, CPR

CEU: A total of 17 continuing education credits (CEU) can be applied towards the National Component of the 2016 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for the NREMT - EMT recertification.

Register

Wellness dimension: intellectual
Wellness dimension: occupational
Wellness dimension: physical

Prerequisites

No prior experience required however this course is best for self-motivated students individuals with good time management skills that have access to a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop and high-speed internet. 

Must be 16 years of age by the first day of the course. 

Where & When

January 3, 2022 - January 7, 2022
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
8:00am - 6:00pm

Enrollment

Aug 27, 2021 - Dec 3, 2021

Fees

Student695
Member711
Non-Member740

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT

  • Urban vs Wilderness Medicine                                  •Basic Traumatic Injuries                            
  • Intro to Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability         •Red Flag Backcountry Medical Problems
  • Basic Wilderness Medicine Guidelines                      •Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training
  • Intro to Wilderness Risk Management                      •Basic Environmental Medicine
  • Patient Assessment                                                    •Intro to Backcountry Communication Devices
  • Basic Life Support                                                       •"How to" of Medical Documentation
  • Calling a Rescue                           

Hours: 16    Length: 2 Days     Certifications: CPR, WAT, WFA

CEU: None

Register

Wellness dimension: environmental
Wellness dimension: occupational
Wellness dimension: physical

Prerequisites

  • Must be 16 years of age by the first day of the course.

Where & When

February 5, 2022 - February 6, 2022
Sundays, Saturdays
8:00am - 6:00pm

Enrollment

Jun 2, 2021 - Feb 4, 2022

Min: 8

Max: 24

Fees

Student220
Member225
Non-Member245

Overview of Course Content: 

  • Urban vs Wilderness Medicine.                                   •Basic vs Expedition First Aid Kits
  • Wilderness Medicine Guidelines.                                •Improvised Litters.
  • Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability.                       •Professional Incident Documentation.
  • Wilderness Risk Management.                                    •Micromedics.
  • Wilderness Anaphylaxis.                                              •Complex Traumatic Injuries.
  • Genitourinary Issues.                                                   •Dislocations.
  • Mental Health Illness.                                                  •Spine Injury Management
  • Complex Environmental Medicine.                             •Vacuum Spine Board.    
  • Avalanche Burial Resuscitation.                                    •Complex Backcountry Medical Problems.
  • Patient Assessment.                                                     •Basic Life Support.
  • Backcountry Medication Management.                      •Airway Management & Adjuncts.
  • Incident Management.                                                 •Backcountry Communication Devices.
  • Leadership & Critical Thinking During An Incident.   •Professionally Calling a Rescue.
  • Complex Night Scenario Simulation.                           •Psychological First Aid    

 

Hours: 80    Length: Self-paced online component + 5 days     Certifications: WFR, WAT, CPR

CEU: A total of 17 continuing education credits (CEU) can be applied towards the National Component of the 2016 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for the NREMT - EMT recertification.

Register

Wellness dimension: intellectual
Wellness dimension: occupational
Wellness dimension: physical

Prerequisites

No prior experience required however this course is best for self-motivated students individuals with good time management skills that have access to a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop and high-speed internet. 

Must be 16 years of age by the first day of the course. 

Where & When

March 7, 2022 - March 11, 2022
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
8:00am - 6:00pm

Enrollment

Aug 27, 2021 - Feb 7, 2022

Min: 12

Max: 24

Fees

Student695
Member711
Non-Member740

Overview of Course Content: 

  • Urban vs Wilderness Medicine                                   •Basic vs Expedition First Aid Kits
  • Wilderness Medicine Guidelines                                 •Improvised Litters
  • Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability                       •Professional Incident Documentation.
  • Wilderness Risk Management                                     •Micromedics.
  • Wilderness Anaphylaxis                                               •Complex Traumatic Injuries.
  • Genitourinary Issues                                                    •Dislocations.
  • Mental Health Illness                                                   •Spine Injury Management
  • Complex Environmental Medicine                              •Vacuum Spine Board.    
  • Avalanche Burial Resuscitation                                   •Complex Backcountry Medical Problems.
  • Patient Assessment                                                      •Basic Life Support.
  • Backcountry Medication Management                       •Airway Management & Adjuncts.
  • Incident Management                                                  •Backcountry Communication Devices.
  • Leadership & Critical Thinking During An Incident    •Psychological First Aid    

 

Hours: 24    Length: Self-paced online component + 2 days     Certifications: WRC, WAT, CPR

CEU: A total of 17 continuing education credits (CEU) can be applied towards the National Component of the 2016 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for the NREMT - EMT recertification.

Register

Wellness dimension: intellectual
Wellness dimension: occupational
Wellness dimension: physical

Prerequisites

  • Must have a current Wilderness First Responder, and be able to send a copy to: OutdoorRecAdmin@arizona.edu
  • This course is best for self-motivated students individuals with good time management skills that have access to a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop and high-speed internet. 
  • Must be 16 years of age by the first day of the course. 

Where & When

April 16, 2022 - April 17, 2022

Enrollment

Aug 27, 2021 - Apr 10, 2022

Min: 12

Max: 24

Fees

Student295
Member305
Non-Member325

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT

  • Urban vs Wilderness Medicine                                  •Basic Traumatic Injuries                            
  • Intro to Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability         •Red Flag Backcountry Medical Problems
  • Basic Wilderness Medicine Guidelines                      •Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training
  • Intro to Wilderness Risk Management                      •Basic Environmental Medicine
  • Patient Assessment                                                    •Intro to Backcountry Communication Devices
  • Basic Life Support                                                       •"How to" of Medical Documentation
  • Calling a Rescue                           

Hours: 16    Length: 2 Days     Certifications: CPR, WAT, WFA

CEU: None

Register

Wellness dimension: intellectual
Wellness dimension: occupational
Wellness dimension: physical

Prerequisites

  • Must be 16 years of age by the first day of the course.

Where & When

May 7, 2022 - May 8, 2022

Enrollment

Aug 31, 2021 - May 6, 2022

Min: 12

Max: 24

Fees

Student220
Member225
Non-Member245

Overview of Course Content: 

  • Urban vs Wilderness Medicine.                                   •Basic vs Expedition First Aid Kits
  • Wilderness Medicine Guidelines.                                •Improvised Litters.
  • Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability.                       •Professional Incident Documentation.
  • Wilderness Risk Management.                                    •Micromedics.
  • Wilderness Anaphylaxis.                                              •Complex Traumatic Injuries.
  • Genitourinary Issues.                                                   •Dislocations.
  • Mental Health Illness.                                                  •Spine Injury Management
  • Complex Environmental Medicine.                             •Vacuum Spine Board.    
  • Avalanche Burial Resuscitation.                                    •Complex Backcountry Medical Problems.
  • Patient Assessment.                                                     •Basic Life Support.
  • Backcountry Medication Management.                      •Airway Management & Adjuncts.
  • Incident Management.                                                 •Backcountry Communication Devices.
  • Leadership & Critical Thinking During An Incident.   •Professionally Calling a Rescue.
  • Complex Night Scenario Simulation.                           •Psychological First Aid    

 

Hours: 80    Length: Self-paced online component + 5 days     Certifications: WFR, WAT, CPR

CEU: A total of 17 continuing education credits (CEU) can be applied towards the National Component of the 2016 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for the NREMT - EMT recertification.

Register

Wellness dimension: intellectual
Wellness dimension: occupational
Wellness dimension: physical

Prerequisites

No prior experience required however this course is best for self-motivated students individuals with good time management skills that have access to a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop and high-speed internet. 

Must be 16 years of age by the first day of the course. 

Where & When

May 16, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
8:00am - 6:00pm

Enrollment

Aug 27, 2021 - Apr 18, 2022

Min: 12

Max: 24

Fees

Student695
Member711
Non-Member740

Wilderness Medicine Refund Policy:

  • Deadline for a full refund less $35 administrative fee is one month from the start of the in-person part of the course.
  • No refunds within 1-month from the start of the in-person part of the course.

Important Information Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Registration for the Hybrid WFR course includes both the online and practical section. In the event that an individual is unable to meet in-person, or a practical section is canceled, course participants have the flexibility to transfer to another 5-day practical section as long as it is within 1-year of completing the online component.