Aerie Backcountry Medicine

Course Length - 120 hrs

Aerie offers condensed courses which may be completed in 3-4 weeks and others which take place during evenings and weekends over the course of a semester. Review the schedule for our various EMT courses on our course calendar)

Certifications/Credits Received (dependent upon successful course completion)

  • EMT - lasts 2 years (dependent upon successful completion of online exam administered by National Registry of EMTs ((NREMT)) and additional $80 fee)
  • National Registry EMT – lasts 2 years (dependent upon successful completion of online exam administered by NREMT)
  • State of Montana EMT- lasts 2 years (optional; requires additional $50 fee)
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR - lasts 2 years
  • University of Montana credits - (optional; additional $135 registration fee; Department of Integrative Physiology and Athletic Training, ECP 331, 3 credits)

Course Description

Aerie's 120 hour Emergency Medical Technician courses are unique in the industry due to the experience of our instructors and the focus and realism of our scenarios. Our MD/ Paramedic/ RN/ EMT instructors not only bring years of professional medical experience to their lectures, but they are also leaders in the outdoor and risk management fields, ensuring that the information they give is practical and appropriate, providing students with skills and information that they truly need. Aerie students participate in days of intense scenarios. They may work with search and rescue teams on overnight simulated rescues. In many cases, they learn anatomy and physiology in a human cadaver lab and participate in vehicle extrication practice with professional firefighters. Students spend 12 hours in a hospital emergency department to complete their clinical experience.

All Aerie EMT courses follow the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) curriculum and are approved by the NREMT and the State of Montana Board of Medical Examiners. At Aerie, we design our classes to prepare students to care for patients in the most challenging environments and conditions, whether urban or backcountry. Our past students have graduated and gone on to work as EMTs, MDs, RNs, medics, firefighters, guides, field biologists and other outdoor leaders. As such, our courses are ideal for outdoor leaders involved in extended backcountry trips and those individuals seeking employment with ambulance services, search and rescue units, and ski patrols. Aerie courses provide the best, most comprehensive EMT training available.

After successful course completion, students must register for the National Registry EMT online exam.

This class is offered for 3 optional University of Montana credits (additional fee applies).

We encourage you to look through our website, read our Director's Message, and call or write our office if you have other questions.