Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

Students complete a mock rescue during a WEMT course. Photo: Max Dodge

The Wilderness EMT Course is the comprehensive, evidence-based wilderness medicine course that prepares the student to handle injury and illness in the world’s wildest places, far from help.  Folks will learn everything it takes to provide assessment and care with improvised tools, how to rescue someone from deep in the woods, and then climb into the ambulance and know how to work in the back of the truck.  From emergencies to health maintenance in wild places, students learn how to assess people in challenging conditions, handle life threats of airway, respiratory, and circulatory problems, stop bleeds, long-term wound care, sprains, strains, fractures, head/spine injury, cold/heat injuries, bites, stings, altitude problems, dive injuries, organizing a back-country rescue, and much more.  Throughout the process, students learn the predictable and preventable behaviors that are at the heart of most of the bad things that happen in the wild.  Outdoor leadership and wilderness rescue are woven in an integral part of wilderness preparedness and rescue.

We teach “practicable principles” and focus on not only what to do, but how to do it, in the wild, with what you can cobble together from your patient’s pack, your pack and the world around you.  Simultaneously, you will be learning all about the urban landscape of EMS, how the system is built, and what it is like to work in the ambulance.  All students spend time working in real clinical settings/ambulances.

WEMT Students practice applying improvised splints.

This “immersion-based” schedule allows the student to move through the training process full time, completing the 180+ hour curriculum in just 3+ weeks.  The classes are typically, 6 days a week, 9 hour days with Sundays off (clinical time is evenings and Sundays).  You will begin an active, dynamic experiential process of lecture, skill labs, scenarios, mock drills, team-building,  and online study, with teachers who have decades in wilderness medicine practice and education.  This course prepares the student for the National Registry exams and Nationally recognized certification.  180+ hours…usually over 3 weeks.

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Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) Hanover, NH @ Dartmouth College
Nov 29 – Dec 12 all-day
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) Hanover, NH @ Dartmouth College
Dates:  November 29 to December 12, 2021, Daily Mon.-Sat. 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Location: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Course cost includes TKS WEMT Manual, Lab Fees, AAOS EMT Text 12th Edition, AHA BLS CPR Certification, Clinical Liability Policy, All Supplies. Early Registration Discount: Applications received by September 1, 2021 will receive a $100 discount. Our “NEW” Wilderness EMT is the comprehensive, evidence-based, urban, and wilderness medicine course that prepares the student to handle injury and illness from city streets to the world’s wild and remote places.  In 2020 we built a Hybrid system integrating Online Lessons and ZOOM Classes, with classic In-Class Lessons.  This format creates more productive ways to cover Cognitive information and save Skills and Scenarios for in-person review sessions. You will be taught how to assess and care for patients with improvised tools, how to rescue someone from deep in the woods, and then climb into the ambulance and know how to work in the back of the truck.  From emergencies to staying healthy in the wilderness, students learn to assess people in challenging conditions, handle life threats of airway, respiratory, and circulatory problems, stop bleeds, long-term wound care, sprains, strains, fractures, head/spine injury, cold/heat injuries, bites, stings, altitude problems, dive injuries, organizing a backcountry rescue, and much more.  Students learn the predictable and preventable behaviors that are the usual cause of sick and injured folks.  Leadership and wilderness rescue are woven in as an integral part of preparedness and response. Our courses are taught by people who have done what they teach.  We teach “practicable principles” and not just on what to do, but how to do it. Simultaneously you will be learning about the urban landscape of EMS, how the system is built, and what it is like to work in the ambulance.  All students spend time working in clinical settings and ambulances. The “Hybrid/Immersion” schedule allows the student to move through the training process full-time, completing the 170+ hour curriculum in just 2 weeks rather than 3+ month programs.   More importantly, because the student completes the course more quickly, they are available for service or employment sooner. There are 17 Online Lessons that cover 27 topics that students can watch on their schedules at home with 2 pre-course ZOOM Classes. This is an NHBEMS approved course, upon successful completion students are to take the WEMT written and Practical exams, which will qualify them for the National Registry (NREMT) Computer-Based and NH/NR Practical Exams giving them both urban and wilderness certifications.  The NREMT certification is recognized in all of New England and most of the US. Click here to register for this course!