Wilderness First Responder/WEMT

Next course: March 8–12, 2019

How to Enroll and Receive Academic Credit

You must sign up as you do for your other academic courses. The course fee is added to your tuition as a class fee.

How to Enroll and Without Receiving Academic Credit

Simply register and pay online.

Preparing for the Course

  • Check your email. You will be receiving important course information and next steps via email.
  • Pick up your course materials from the Outdoor Program Office (Eccles HWAC 114).
  • Read the WMTC Student Handbook
  • Complete pre-course online tests by midnight on the Sunday before the course (don't procrastinate—the tests are challenging). Remember that the tests are designed to help you learn. Don't be discouraged if you don't pass on the first try—few people do. Please contact Tiana White (801.832.2861) if you would like help with the tests. You'll need to check your email for the testing website and password to login.
  • Read through the DLP WFR syllabus that you received via email in detail and gather all pre-course materials.
  • Read through the WMTC WFR course website or the WMTC WEMT course website (depending on your certification type). Note that there are links to course resources with a list of what you need to bring to the practical session.
  • Prepare Ann's Case Study assignment from the course website (above). You'll find instructions on what to do and a link to the case study on the WMTC WFR course website or the WMTC WEMT course website (depending on your certification type). Bring your completed SOAP note on the case study to the practical session.
  • Make your t-shirt roll and bring it with you to the practical session.

During the Course

  • We will be outdoors for much of the course and will be covering a lot of information. Due to the nature of this course, 100% attendance and participation is required to receive certification. Students who are late, miss class time, or are not fully engaged while in class may not receive a WFR certification. You will be continuously evaluated throughout the course and our hope is that all of you will earn your Wilderness First Responder certification. This class is exhausting, challenging, and a lot of fun. You will get the most out of the course if you arrive well rested and do not schedule other activities in the evenings to allow time for homework, study, and rest.
  • Be prepared to be inside and outside. Allow a few extra minutes to get there each day. You can park in the parking garage on the west side of the building.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early on day one to complete paperwork. We will have 45–60 minute lunch breaks every day. We will do our best to manage our time effectively so we can stop at a reasonable time every night. To that end, please be on time and prepared every day. You can expect homework and study time every night of the course.
  • The course ends by 6:00 p.m. each day, please plan accordingly—see next point about the evening session.
  • There are evening sessions scheduled from 6–8:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Monday evenings.
  • The WMTC website: wildmedcenter.com

About the Course

Wilderness First Responder or WFR (pronounced "woofer") courses are designed to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors. They are the industry standard for wilderness medical training. It is the wilderness medicine training course for outdoor professionals and the course you want your friends to have taken before you travel with them. This course will also be offered as a WEMT course with separate pre-requisite texts. The course is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC), one of the leaders in wilderness medicine education. WMTC is the only wilderness medicine provider to offer a complete distance learning course in wilderness medicine. Their distance learning WFR course has three distinct components: a didactic distance learning component, online testing, and an on-site practical session. You MUST complete the didactic material using WMTC's text, field manual, course website, and online testing prior to attending the on-site practical session. The time required to complete the didactic material and testing ranges from 25–50 hours depending on the individual student. The five-day, 50-hour practical session completes the course with skills labs and simulations designed to fully align the academic work with practical application. While distance learning courses are not for everyone (they require academic discipline and the ability for effective self-study) you can learn MORE taking a WMTC's distance learning WFR course than a standard WFR course. For more information, please visit wildmedcenter.com. This course may be taken for one or two OEL credits. Contact Tiana White at 801.832.2861 or twhite@westminstercollege.edu for further information.


Westminster Community - $535
Non-Westminster Community - $645