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Wilderness First Responder & WEMT

Spring 2015 Course
Practical Session: March 20-24, 2015
This course requires ~40 hours of pre-course work
$575 for Westminster Community after January 23
$625 for non-Westminster Community after Jan. 23
About this course

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To Enroll in the Course and Receive Academic Credit
You must sign up through Web Advisor as you do for your other academic courses. The course fee ($530) is added to your tuition as a class fee.

To Enroll in the Course Without Receiving Acedemic Credit
register and pay online.



  • Send Tiana White your completed Course Agreement Form ASAP after registering.
  • Pick up your course materials from the Outdoor Program Office (Eccles HWAC 114)
  • Complete Pre-Course Online Tests by midnight, Sunday March 15 (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 e-mail from Paul Nicolazzo for the testing website and password to login. 
    Download and read the WFR study guide
    Online testing login page
  • Read through the March 20-24, 2015 DLP WFR Syllabus in detail & 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, a list of what you need to bring to the practical session. You'll need to check your e-mail from Paul Nicolazzo for the password to login to this website.
  • 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. Watch the video on this page to see how it's done.
  • Watch the required online videos on the WMTC WFR Course Website or the WMTC WEMT Course Website (depending on your certification type). Use the pulldown menus at the top of that page. All of the videos will be helpful, the ones with a "." in front of the titles are required.


  • 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 there 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.
  • We will meet at Westminster On the Draw (~2120 South 1300 East, SLC, UT  84106) in the lower level meeting room for the practical session each day. 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 1 to complete paperwork.  We will have a 45-60 minute lunch break 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 March 20-24, 2015 DLP WFR Syllabus gives a great overview of the schedule during the course.
  • The course ends by 6pm each day, please plan accordingly - see next point about the evening session.
  • There are evening sessions scheduled from 6pm - 8pm on Friday, Saturday, and Monday evenings. Check the March 20-24, 2015 DLP WFR Syllabus for details.
  • The WMTC website:

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 professionalsand 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, on-line testing, and an on-site practical session. You MUST complete the didactic material using WMTC's text, field manual, course website, and on-line 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 This course may be taken for 1 or 2 HPW credits. Contact Tiana White at 801.832.2861 or for further information.