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Wilderness Courses

Wilderness Semester

Semester in Wilderness Medicine


Aerie offers two Semesters in Wilderness Medicine: one in the spring with an international-health and travel-medicine focus and one in the summer with a technical rescue focus.  Both Semesters share a core of Aerie's outstanding Wilderness EMT training.  Both Semesters provide students with industry-leading certifications earned through unparalleled experiential learning opportunities. Our rigorous academic program employs realistic scenarios, interactive lectures, as well as clinical observations in a variety of settings to ensure a well-rounded, challenging and rewarding educational experience.  Our goal is not only to provide professional-level certifications, but also a broad education in wilderness skills to ensure that our students are capable of preventing and responding to emergencies in any environment. Our Semester students receive the most comprehensive education in wilderness and emergency medical skills available anywhere.

Want to learn more? Check out our Semester in Wilderness Medicine page.

Safety:  No course is completely safe or 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.

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

Course Length: 210 hours

Certifications/Credits Received (note that some are optional, may require additional fees and are dependent upon successful course completion):

  • WEMT – 2 years
  • National Registry EMT-Basic – 2 years
  • State of Montana EMT-Basic- 2 years
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR 2-years
  • University of Montana -  Health and Human Performance Department, ECP 331, 3 credits

 

Course Description

Aerie's 200+ hour Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician courses are unique in the industry. The differences are 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 wilderness rescue 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 10 hours in an emergency department to complete their clinical experience.

All Aerie WEMT courses follow the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) curriculum and are approved by the NREMT and the State of Montana Board of Medical Examiners; however the classes go into significantly more detail concerning care for patients in remote settings. At Aerie, we design our WEMT 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, this course is ideal for outdoor leaders involved in extended backcountry trips and those individuals seeking employment with ambulance services, search and rescue units, and ski patrols; it is also appropriate for anyone wanting the best EMT training available.

After successful course completion, students take the National Registry EMT-Basic exam. Students must pass the national EMT-B exam to receive the Aerie W-EMT certificate.

This class is typically offered for 3 University of Montana ECP 331 credits (additional fee applies). We offer the WEMT in both a 4-week intensive class and in a weeknight and weekend class spread out over a semester.

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

Safety

No course is completely safe or 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.

Wilderness First Responder

Course Length: 72 hours

Certifications Received and Certification Duration:

  • Wilderness First Responder – 2 years
  • Adult CPR – 2 years
  • University of Montana -  Health and Human Performance Department, ECP 122, 2 credits

Course Description

 Aerie's 72 hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is designed for outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts, preparing them to care for injuries and illness in remote, challenging environments. The course is fast-paced, challenging, hands-on and fun.

Aerie's nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses address injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term patient management, improvised splint and litter construction, and environmental emergencies while stressing the thought processes unique to caring for patients in remote environments. Our instructors are professional care providers with many years of outdoor leadership experience. Students also receive adult CPR certification.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses are typically offered for 2 University of Montana HHP 249 credits. (additional fee applies).

Safety

No course is completely safe or 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.  

Wilderness First Aid

Course Length: 16 hours (if taken without CPR)

Certifications Received and Certification Duration:
Wilderness First Aid – 2 years
University of Montana -  Health and Human Performance Department, ECP 120, 1 credits

Course Description

The WFA course provides a great introduction to wilderness medicine for anyone spending time in the outdoors. Like the WFR, the course focuses on injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term injury management, improvised splint and litter construction and environmental emergencies.

Approximately half of the course is classroom lecture and half practical scenarios.  CPR classes are generally offered the evening before WFA classes begin.

Safety

No course is completely safe or 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.  

Wilderness Medicine Essentials

Course Length:  8 hours

Certifications Received and Certification Duration:
WME – 2 years

Course Description

Our Essentials course is an awareness-level class designed for individuals or organizations wanting up-to-date wilderness medicine information on topics such as wound management, management of hot and cold emergencies, basic splinting and wilderness improvisation.  Like most Aerie courses, it is half didactic, half hands-on practical review.  This course typically substitutes for American Red Cross/ AHA Standard First Aid, BLS First Aid.

Safety

No course is completely safe or 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.  

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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