We introduced hybrid courses to wilderness medicine education ten years ago. Building on this foundation and taking advantage of new technology, we continue to lead hybrid course development within the industry today. Our hybrid WEMT module is designed to supplement your current urban EMT certification and deliver practical, yet in-depth knowledge of wilderness expedition medicine. With the lecture material learned at home, and reinforced by the testing done prior to the practical session, students can focus on applying the knowledge gained through simulations, skill labs, and case study reviews during the practical session, making the most of the time spent away from home or work.
Online format allows students to study anywhere there is a high-speed internet connection
Dedicated websites and online testing allow students to complete the home study portion of the course at their own pace
Case studies help reinforce learning & orient students to using a patient "SOAP note"
Content tests help orient students to the testing format while highlighting areas that need more review
Applicationtests are scenario based, and correspond to the major Mechanisms of Injury or Illness (MOI)—Trauma, Environmental & Medical—taught in all courses
Test questions and case studies are progressive, based on real events, and help students transition to the scenarios in the practical session and, after the course, to real life
The practical session is facilitated by expert instructors who clarify the home study information, teach field-tested assessment & treatment skills, and offer individual feedback (Students will not have access to an instructor during the home study or testing portion of the course, unless they fail an Application test after the allotted attempts. A senior instructor will then be assigned to provide detailed feedback and an opportunity to continue testing.)
Our hybrid WEMT module is designed for those who hold a current urban EMT certification.
Our WEMT module is also ideal for other medical professionals—physicians, physician assistants, and nurses—who seek practical training in expedition wilderness medicine. (Those who do not hold a current EMT certification will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification upon successful completion of the module.)
Our Wilderness EMT module focuses on expedition medicine. This means that we teach from the guide, trip leader, or expedition medic perspective: YOU are in the field and RIGHT THERE when an incident occurs. If the patient needs immediate Basic Life Support, it's up to you to provide it; if they need an evacuation, YOU will need to decide if it's possible and how urgent it is. This perspective—the expedition lens if you will—is a bit different than that of a dispatched rescue team and often takes a mental shift, time, and practice to get used to; you might grind some gears in the process. Be sure to spend some time reviewing our evacuation guidelines and our Patient Assessment System; they may be different than what you are currently using in your squad or team. If you don't use them in your agency, you can adopt them—or not—as you wish. In either case, you will need to be aware of them to gain the most from this course.
Whether you are an EMT, advanced EMT, paramedic, or an advanced medical practitioner—physician, physician assistant or nurse—the assessment and, to a large extent, many of the treatment skills (advanced airways, specific drugs and their administration, IVs, Foley catheters, etc.) you've learned and currently practice in an urban setting, apply to a wilderness setting as well. Keep in mind that we won't cover these skills in this course. Depending on your level of training and state laws, you may NOT receive authorization to use all the treatment skills we DO address (otoscope use, ruling out spine injuries, use of other Rx medications, reducing dislocations, etc).
That said, the techniques we teach have a broader application than expedition medicine. Graduates routinely use their new skills in remote clinics, responding to disasters, in tactical situations, etc. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
WMTC Wilderness WEMT (valid for 3 years)
WMTC Adult & Child Wilderness CPR and AED (valid for 3 years)
WMTC Epinephrine Certification (valid for 3 years)
Estimated time to complete pre-course study: 30-60+ hours Estimated time to complete online testing: 8-12+ hours Number of required online tests: 3 Content tests, 3 Application tests Length of on-site practical session: 5 days/50 hours