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Aerie Courses

 

COURSE COMPARISONS

Aerie teaches a wide range of wilderness and urban-based courses.  The following list compares only our most common courses.  Call or write for information about other courses.

  • Wilderness Medicine Essentials (WME).  
    • Course Length:  8 hours
    • Typical Audience:  Lay-people interested in an introduction to wilderness medicine and those whose work requires an equivalent to standard first aid training.  Students are typically not trip-leaders or those tasked with health-care responsibilities for extended backcountry trips.
    • Certification(s) Offered:  Wilderness Medicine Essentials.
    • Certification Duration:  Two years.
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA).  
    • Course Length:  16 hours
    • Typical Audience:   Students are often outdoor leaders on short-duration trips rather than extended backcountry excursions.  These include raft and hunting guides.
    • Certification(s) Offered:  Wilderness First Aid.
    • Certification Duration:  Two years.
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR).  
    • Course Length:  72 hours
    • Typical Audience:  Trip leaders, outdoor leaders and those who will be primarily responsible for participants in extended backcountry and overseas trips.
    • Certification(s) Offered:  Wilderness First Responder, CPR.
    • Certification Duration:  Two years for both WFR and CPR.
    • University Credits Offered:  Two Health and Human Performance (HHP) credits through the University of Montana.
  • Wilderness First Responder Refresher (WFR-R).  
    • Course Length:  16 hours (20 if CPR is included)
    • Typical Audience:  People needing to recertify their Wilderness First Responder certification.
    • Certification(s) Offered:  Wilderness First Responder Refresher.
    • Certification Duration:  Two years with a one-year grace period.  Aerie recommends taking a full WFR again every six years (three recertification cycles).
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT).  
    • Course Length:  200 hours
    • Typical Audience:  People interested in a career in outdoor leadership and emergency medicine.
    • Certification/ Licenses(s) Offered:  Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), State of Montana Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Healthcare Provider (CPR).
    • Certification Duration:  Two years for all certifications and licenses.
    • University Credits Offered:  Three Health and Human Performance (HHP) credits through the University of Montana.
  • Semester in Wilderness Medicine (we offer a spring and summer semester with different certifications in each).  
    • Course Length:  500+ hours
    • Typical Audience:  People interested a career in outdoor leadership and wilderness medicine and those pursuing a degree in similar areas, including pre-med and pre-nursing.
    • Certification/ Licenses(s) Offered:  Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), State of Montana Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Swiftwater Rescue Operations, Level 1 Avalanche Rescue (Spring Semester only), Rope Rescue Technician (Summer Semester only), Search and Rescue Technician (Summer Semester only), American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Healthcare Provider (CPR).
    • Certification Duration:  Two years for all certifications and licenses.
    • University Credits Offered:  Fifteen upper-division Health and Human Performance (HHP) credits through the University of Montana.

 

Wilderness Courses

Despite the ever-increasing availability of satellite phones and other communication devices, significant differences will always exist between patient care even two miles from a trailhead and patient care in the middle of a town. Aerie’s wilderness medicine courses are scenario-based. They are designed for people who spend their time away from immediate access to outside medical help, where improvisation is necessary and environmental conditions are particularly challenging.

Our goal is to provide our students with the information and skills to prevent and treat most backcountry injuries and illness. We focus heavily on thorough patient assessments, decision-making, group communication, and leadership.

Urban Courses

Aerie Emergency Medicine (AEM) focuses on front-country, urban and rural EMS training. We created the program in 2005, recognizing a need with our WEMT graduates, employees, and outlying EMS agencies for quality continuing education and opportunities for further development of EMT skills. AEM works closely with our backcountry program, developing and implementing training for search and rescue organizations and rural EMS services that are often on the wilderness/ urban boundaries. 

 

 

Wilderness and Tropical Medicine Seminar

Held in Costa Rica, this course is designed for MDs, RNs and other medical professionals interested in field-based training in wilderness and tropical medicine.  The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 34 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and Aerie. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

 

CPR Courses

Aerie CPR courses are taught by professional care providers who perform CPR on a regular basis, and not just people who have taken a CPR instructor course. This is a refreshing surprise for those accustomed to courses taught by instructors primarily trained to run a DVD player.  Our CPR courses are hands-on, practical and fun. 

Our CPR instructors are all current American Heart Association certified.  We offer Aerie CPR certifications for most WFA and WFR courses and AHA certification for WEMT courses.

Safety

Safety

No course is capable of operating without the risk of injury or illness. We encourage you to talk with our staff about risks inherent in our training programs before enrolling.  Depending on course location, injuries and illnesses that occur may require prolonged evacuations and may necessitate repatriation to the United States.  With that in mind, the safety of our students and staff is a priority.  We also recognize that activities contain inherent risks. By planning and monitoring these activities we try to minimize these risks. However, our students take our classes because they travel, work and live outdoors, away from immediate medical care. Our students want to learn to care for patients under less than ideal conditions, and Aerie believes that students learn best when they are involved in realistic, engaging scenarios and practical sessions. As a result we simulate these environments and head out to experience them during our classes as often as possible. However, we cannot guarantee the safety of our classes and fully encourage our students to investigate the risks and hazards of all Aerie activities. 

How to Register

You can download and mail in our registration form, call our office (406.542.9972), email us, or visit our office at 100 North Ave. West, Missoula, Montana, 59801. (Find us on Google Maps).

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