Wilderness EMS Upgrade Course
Training for medical personnel who would like to enhance their skills and experience for use in the rural, wilderness, and technical rescue setting. This course is popular with all levels of medical professionals but primarily geared toward pre-hospital EMS providers. The WEMS curriculum builds on EMS training and expertise to meet the special challenges of the remote and unconventional environment. It is designed for medical personnel working in rural EMS, search and rescue, law enforcement, disaster response, and on wilderness expeditions. Like all WMA International training, it represents the best application of the available science balanced by considerable clinical experience and the reality of providing medical care in difficult and dangerous places. All hours can be applied to recertifying state and national registry EMT and Paramedic certifications.
The class will be taught at Needles Outpost Campground, in the Indian Creek area of southeast Utah. 1 mile from the entrance to Canyonlands National Park, we will have a stunning classroom to practice wilderness medicine. Camping is available, we have reserved two group sites, reservations can be made when you register. The site also offers wifi, showers, and toilet facilities.
This course is presented in 45 hours over 5 days. Mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions and quizzes with afternoons devoted to outdoor practical skills and scenarios. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies.
All teaching materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates International at no additional cost. This includes a book of lecture handouts, our case study workbook, SOAP notes, our textbook, Wilderness and Rescue Medicine and The Wilderness Medical Associates International Field Guide.
Completion and Grades
Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.
Certification and CEUs Available
Certification as a Wilderness EMS is valid for three years and is contingent on current regional or national registration as an EMS provider such as a EMT or paramedic. Other medical professionals will be awarded a course completion certificate. The course is registered for 45 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE. CPR recertification can be added by request and at the discretion of the instructor.
Do I get a WEMT Certification?
In the wilderness medical industry, most companies offer a WEMT certification with a completion of a standard WFR. WMA has always had a stand alone class for professional rescuers, and only completion of this class awards a WEMT certificate. The WEMS upgrade was created as the definitive course for any certified medical provider to learn the skills appropriate to wilderness environments. EMT’s upon completion can claim Wilderness EMT certification and will be given upon request a letter to document that a WEMS certification exceeds the industry WEMT standard.
Within three years, graduates may recertify the WEMS certification with a WMA 24-hour Open Recertification Course.
This class will be taught at Needles Outpost Campground-https://needlesoutpost.com/
Located at the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park our classroom is a stunning wilderness environment. Camping is available on site for $15 a night for 1 standard vehicle, 1 person. Contact us if you are bringing an RV or Trailer, there may be an extra cost. The facility has a small store, and toilets. Showers and WIFI are available for an extra cost. There is also plenty of camping nearby. It is a 90 minute drive to Moab or Monticello, Utah.
The WEMS Upgrade course builds on the EMS professional’s training and expertise to meet the medical challenges of unconventional settings.
Needles Outpost Campground-https://needlesoutpost.com/
Indian Creek, Utah
Client to Guide Ratio
Up to 12 to 1
Intermediate to advanced
October 11-15, 2021
- Paramedic (NREMT-P) or Physicians Assistant (PA-C) instructor
- All instructors are Practicing Medical Professionals, i.e., they have actual patient contact on a regular basis and are not just instructors.
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to the course site from your location
- Items of personal nature
- Individual travel costs, delays, etc.
- Excess baggage fees
- Personal clothing or gear
- Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks
- Hotels before, during, and after trip
- Recommended Travel/trip cancelation insurance
- Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also needs pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand. See our Student Handbook and speak with the sponsor for more information.
- Course is open to EMT’s, Paramedics, RN’s, PA’s, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians.
- Day 1: 10.5 hours Logistics and Introduction; General Concepts; Patient Assessment System; Critical Body Systems Review; PAS/SOAP Practice; Spine Injury Assessment; Medical/Legal Issues
- Day 2: 9 hours Test I/Review; Anaphylaxis and Asthma; ALS/BLS Appropriate Technology; Lifting, Moving, Extrication; Litter Packaging and Carries; Scenarios 1
- Day 3: 8.5 hours Test II/Review; Pain Management; Soft Tissue Injury; Wound Cleaning and Exploration; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting, Dislocations; Scenarios 2
- Day 4: 9 hours Test III/Review; Environmental Medicine; Scenarios 3; Search and Rescue; SAR Exercise
- Day 5: 8 hours SAR Exercise Debrief; Expedition Medicine; Scenarios IV; Medical Kits and Medications; Test IV and Course Debrief
Registration & Cancelation
- Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand we have a very strict registration and cancelation policy. We can not transfer you to an other program. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING TRAVEL INSURANCE! We recommend the TravelEx Insurance Travel Select plan with the Adventurer Plus Pak upgrade.
- To reserve your spot on a wilderness medical program a 50% deposit is required if applying more than 60 days out. If your trip/course starts in less than 60 days please submit full payment. 100% off all program fees are due 60 days prior to start date.
- Program fees are non-transferable. If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the trip start date, you will be refunded your full deposit except for a $50 processing fee.
- If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 59 – 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to the deposit amount will be charged. If notice of cancellation is given in writing less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the program fee will be charged.