WEMT-Upgrade Fall 2017

WEMT-Upgrade Course: Colorado & NREMT Official EMT refresher course

EMT Basic Refresher / EMS-126-BK01 / SYN# 05129 / 3 Credits
Loma, CO
Aug 31-Sep 4, 2017
50 CE hours available (45 field hours, 5 hours online)

Want to be a WEMT? Need an official EMT refresher course? Want a unique wilderness rescue medicine certification program to hone your skills after completing the WEMT? Well read on!

WEMT Upgrade (wilderness style EMT refresher course) Course Description

Join CMC’s Wilderness EMS staff as they offer another WEMT upgrade in the amazing venue of Highline State Park in Loma, CO. This 5 day intensive wilderness medicine certification upgrade is for EMT’s, medics, and nurses who want to learn the specialty of wilderness medicine and rescue. This course is an official refresher class for Colorado State & NREMT recertification (serves as official NREMT refresher plus 26 additional CEU’s).


The course will be held at the private group camping site at Highline State Park in Loma, Co. Students can camp at the group site where the course is held or opt to stay at another campsite or hotel of their choice. This site has sheltered tables, grills, campfire ring, modern restrooms, electricity and water. The group site is near Highline Lake which offers fishing, swimming, paddleboarding & boating. There are also 7 miles of hiking and biking trails within the park.


  • RV’s are not allowed in the group Tent camping only!
    • Students who wish to camp in their RV need to reserve and pay for their own RV site.
  • CMC will pay for students daily park pass for the length of the course ($42 cost).
  • Students will need to pay for their own pass if they stay after the course

After class in the evening students can hike, bike, climb, raft, kayak or go sight-seeing in this amazing environment. The put in for the Colorado River is about a 10 minute drive. World class mountain biking in Fruita and Loma is 10-20 minutes away!

Fruita is about 13 miles away. In Fruita there are grocery stores, restaurants, bike shops and other accommodations.

Dates, Times and Transportation

The course will be held August 31 to September 4 (Thursday to Monday) from 8 am-5:20 pm. The course ends on September 4 at 5pm. Students have the nights free to explore the area. Students are encouraged to show up on Wednesday, August 30 to settle in and set up camp. Transportation is not provided by CMC! There will be a carpooling option for interested students. Notify Brian to get on the email list for further details on carpooling.


CMC will provide the common area with basic camping supplies for the students to use. This will include a camp kitchen, lanterns, ice coolers, 5 gallon water containers & sun shelters. Students will have to supply their own food for the entire course. CMC will provide all the necessary medical supplies for the course. A recommended supply list will be emailed to students once they register for the course.

Course and Certification Details

  • Course cost $292 (district rate) $538 (in state)
    • Includes wilderness medicine textbook and field guide
    • Includes camping fees & permit fees
    • Includes certification fees & certification cards
  • CPR is not included in the course
  • CMC does not provide transportation
  • A WEMS WEMT-Upgrade certification valid for 2 years (with a one year grace period) will be awarded upon successful course completion
  • Course exceeds the Wilderness Medical Society’s Guidelines
  • 50 hours of CEU’s approved towards National Registry Recertification
  • Course is an official EMT refresher course for Colorado & NREMT
  • CMC’s Wilderness EMS director, Brian Taylor and the WEMS staff, teaches the cours
  • May 8th is the first day of registration-this class fills quickly!

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 for careers 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 EMT’s/paramedics who are actively working in the field as wilderness medics and rescuers.
  • The most updated wilderness medicine protocols by WMS, PHTLS & ICAR.
  • Extensive online supportive material with hundreds of videos, research papers, protocols, prezi presentations and other wilderness medicine resources.
  • Top-notch industry standard medical kits, specialty wilderness medicine tools and technical evacuation equipment that is used by professionals.
  • High fidelity manikins & hyper-realistic wounds for ultra realistic scenarios.
  • 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.

How to Enroll

New students need to Apply to CMC — it’s free!
See How to Apply to CMC

Current and newly accepted students may register for EMT Basic Refresher, EMS-126-BK01, SYN# 05129.
See How to Register for Classes

See Tuition & Costs for complete rates

More Information

For information or concerns about the upcoming WFR, please contact:

Brian Taylor BS, NREMT-P
Associate Professor of EMS and Wilderness EMS