Wilderness EMT Courses
This course if offered each semester. The fall and winter courses are held in Summit County, CO and the summer course is held in Moab, Utah. The next course offering is:
WEMT-Upgrade Fall Semester
August 19-23, 2013 in Breckenridge, Colorado
49 CE hours approved by the State of Colorado EMS Department
WEMT Upgrade Course Description:
Join CMC’s Wilderness EMS staff as they offer another intensive WEMT upgrade in the amazing mountain environment of Summit County, Colorado. This course will be held over 5 days just outside of Breckenridge in US Forest Service lands. This 5 day intensive wilderness medicine certification upgrade is for EMT’s, medics, nurses and physicians who want to learn the specialty of wilderness medicine and rescue. 49 CE hours approved by the State of Colorado EMS Department.
Course Goal: To provide medical professionals with the wilderness medicine and rescue skills to treat and evacuate patients in a remote or wilderness environment.
Why the WEMS program and not another?
The CMC WEMS Certification remains the standard for individuals who seek specialist-level wilderness rescue and medical training. This certification program was developed by professional wilderness rescuers to provide the most updated, realistic, hands-on training in wilderness medicine that you can get, especially if you are looking for a career in wilderness medicine or rescue. CMC’s WEMS program always has its finger on the pulse of rescue medicine and is proud to up the student experience by offering:
- WEMT courses taught by professional wilderness search and rescue paramedics who are actively working in the field as SAR responders and medics.
- Student field guides with wilderness medicine protocols, recommendations & reference sheets.
- Extensive online supportive material with hundreds of videos, research papers and other wilderness medicine resources.
- Top-notch industry standard medical kits, specialty wilderness medicine tools and technical evacuation equipment that is used by the pro’s.
- And the unique technician level WEMS program* (13 additional credits) to support & enhance the skills you learn in the WEMT course.
*WEMT-Upgrade is one class (2 credits) in the 15 credit WEMS certification program. You don’t have to be enrolled in the WEMS program to take the WEMT-Upgrade. You can take the WEMT-Upgrade class as a stand-alone class. Contact Brian for more details about enrolling in the WEMS program.
Students who successfully pass the didactic and practical testing will be awarded a Wilderness Medicine Upgrade Certification for EMT’s or Medical Professionals. This certification is valid for 2 years as long as the provider maintains their primary medical certification or license (EMT, Medic, RN, PA). There will be a 1 year grace period where the providers can still renew their wilderness medicine certification (card is not valid in the grace period). CMC’s wilderness medicine certification follows recommendations made by the Wilderness Medical Society, International Commission on Alpine Rescue, International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation Medical Committee, and recommendations by Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support. CMC’s Wilderness Medical Advisor is Dr. Kendrick Adnan.
Students must provide proof of a current license or certification as an EMT, EMT-A, EMT-P, PA, or RN. CPR is not included in this class and is a prerequisite. Some skills taught in this class may be considered advanced life support procedures in some states, but ALS training is not a prerequisite. It is assumed that participants have participated in outdoor activities like hiking and should have basic outdoor clothing for the course (see equipment concerns). Participants who have pre-existing medical conditions that may be exacerbated by hiking, strenuous activity or being outdoors may need to have a physician’s pre-approval to take the course.
The course will meet at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, Colorado. CMC has numerous field sites and camps in Summit County to run the course. Students can camp at the group site where the course is held or opt to stay at another campsite or hotel of their choice. There are numerous free campsites in the USFS and several established campgrounds with facilities (pay per night). In the evening after class, students can hike, bike, climb, raft, kayak or go sight-seeing in the Rocky Mountains.
Course Dates & Times
The course will be held over August 19-23 (Monday to Friday) from 8 am-5:30 pm. Students have the nights free to explore the area on their own. 100% attendance is required to obtain certification.
Transportation is not provided by CMC. Students must arrive at CMC, Breckenridge Campus the first morning of class. After lunch on the first day, students must transport themselves to the local field site where the field sessions will be held. There will be a carpooling option for interested students. Notify Brian to get on the email list for further details on carpooling.
Students must provide their own outdoor clothing and camping equipment (if they are camping). A recommended supply list will be emailed to students once they register for the course. This list will include basic hiking or trekking clothing and equipment. Students will have to supply their own food for the entire course. There will not be time allotted to leave the field site for food in town during the course hours.
CMC will provide the students with 2 course books. Medicine for Mountaineering and other Wilderness Activities by Dr. James Wilkerson and Wilderness Medicine Pro Field Guide by Brian Taylor. Both of these books will be handed out the first morning of class. Contact Brian if you would like to pick the books up early.
Upon registering for the course students will gain access to Canvas, CMC’s online learning platform. This platform has numerous resources on wilderness medicine and rescue for the student. Students are encouraged to visit Canvas before the start of the course to familiarize themselves with this useful learning tool.
- Course cost $152 (in district rate). 2 credits in district $112, $5 card fee, $22 textbook, & $13 field guide
- Contact CMC registration for discounted out-of state rates.
- Includes wilderness medicine textbook and field guide
- Free e-book included: Wilderness Medicine Pro by Brian Taylor
- Includes certification fees & certification cards
Course Introduction & Briefing
Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
Wilderness Basic Life Support
Wilderness wound care
Managing Neurological Injuries
Chest and Abdominal Injuries
Wilderness Medical Emergencies
Search & Rescue Principles
Prolonged Wilderness Evacuation
Helicopter Safety Orientation
CMC State of Colorado Training center ID #: CO-138
3 hours Preparatory
- Wilderness vs urban protocols
- Wilderness medical kits
- Medical legal issues
3 hours Airway & Breathing
- Airway assessment & management
- Oxygenation & ventilation
- Wilderness CPR considerations
3 hours Medical
- Shock management
- Fluid resuscitation
- Extended patient care techniques
11 hours Trauma
- Wilderness wound care
- Orthopedic management
- TBI management
- SCI management
- Chest trauma management
- Burn management
10 hours Medical
- Medical emergencies in the wilderness
- Cardiac, respiratory, neurological, diabetic, & abdominal emergencies
- Wilderness pharmacology
- Expedition medicine (EENT, headaches, gender specific problems, etc.…)
- Allergy & anaphylaxis management
9 hours Electives (environmental)
- Heat & cold injuries
- Altitude injuries
- Lightning injuries
- Water emergencies
- GI illnesses, traveler’s diarrhea & dysentery
- Dive and marine injuries
7 hours Operations
- Litters, carries, improvised litter use
- Principles of wilderness evacuation
- Helicopter evacuation training
- Search & Rescue organization & execution
4 hours Patient Assessment
- Wilderness patient assessment practice