Wilderness Medicine Certification CoursesWSU has partnered with NOLS Wilderness Medicine to offer courses that train participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings.
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Essential for anyone who spends a significant amount of time in remote places, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions and respond with skill and confidence.
Winona State University’s WFR offers a unique immersive outdoor experience with an all-inclusive training program held at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center (EBELC) campus in the scenic bluff country region in southeastern Minnesota. The package includes 9 nights lodging and all-inclusive meals in the full-service, cafeteria-style dining hall. Eagle Bluff’s in-house chef and staff are committed to providing quality, locally sourced foods which lessen environmental impacts.
Eagle Bluff is situated on over 250 acres of restored prairie and mixed hardwood forest and surrounded by hundreds of acres of state forest land. The campus overlooks the Root River Valley and boasts modern facilities including climate-controlled buildings – all providing a comfortable and inspiring setting! Recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, geocaching, birding, and a 30-foot-high ropes course and rock-climbing wall.
The nationally recognized NOLS Wilderness Medicine curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, straightening angulated fractures, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and administering medications. The intensive 80-hour curriculum is delivered by dynamic educators who have practiced medicine in both wilderness and urban environments. You will leave this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. This 10-day course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. WMI Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management certification is included. The WFR course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT CEUs by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
Prerequisites: You must be 16 years old to attend this course.
Certification: Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR recertification. Successful course completion earns you a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification and a WMI Wilderness First Responder certification. WEMTs will earn a Wilderness EMT certification. All certifications are current for two years.
Registration deadline: TBD
There are no Wilderness First Responder courses currently scheduled. Please check back for future updates.
Wilderness First Responder Re-certification
Are your wilderness medicine protocols on the tip of your tongue or in the bottom of your pack? Join the leader in wilderness medicine for a three-day scenario-based course to review evacuation and decision making guidelines. Our dynamic, experienced instructors will refresh you on current techniques, protocols and controversies in the wilderness medicine field. You will have opportunities to ask questions and to participate in challenging practice scenarios and case studies.
The WFR Re-certification course also includes Adult/child CPR and FBAO. This course is the most popular recertification program in Wilderness Medicine and is ideal for current Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness EMTs. The WFR Re-certification course is pre-approved for 18 hours of EMT CEUs by Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
Prerequisites: You must possess a current (unexpired) WFR certification of at least 70 hours to recertify through a WFR Recertification course. It is your responsibility to make sure that your certification meets this standard. If you are unsure, please contact WMI before enrolling in a course. You must be 16 years old to attend this course.
Recertification: This course may be used to recertify a WFR certification. You must possess a current (unexpired) WFR certification of at least 70 hours to recertify through a WFR Recertification course. It is your responsibility to make sure your certification meets this standard. If you are unsure, please contact WMI before enrolling in a course and review the recertification portion of our website.
WMI certifications will be afforded a one-year period after expiration within which to recertify. This course will also recertify those who hold a valid WEMT (wilderness portion only) or WAFA certification. If recertifying, you must submit a photocopy of your current certification card(s) on the first day of the course. We cannot issue you a new certification until we verify your previous training.
Dates: Please check back for future offerings.
Location: Winona, MN
Registration deadline: TBA.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.
Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course.
Certification: Successful course completion earns you a WMI Wilderness First Aid certification. If applicable, you will also earn a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification. Both certifications are current for two years.
Recertification: This course may also be used to recertify WMI Wilderness First Responder and WMI Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. Participants using the WFA to recertify their WFR need to pass both a written and a practical examination.
Location: Winona, MN
Registration Deadline: TBA
There are no Wilderness First Aid courses currently scheduled. Please check back for future updates.