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2 courses prepare you for Emergencies in remote and wilderness areas

Northwestern Michigan College partners with Remote Medical Training (RMT), which has provided remote and wilderness medical training worldwide — see more at right. We are excited to offer this valuable training to outdoor enthusiasts and medical responders in Northwest Michigan. The two classes below are offered once a year, typically in May.

Wilderness First Aid course

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) provides introductory medical skills to individuals working or playing in remote environments, whose primary responsibility is not emergency response. Learn to make informed medical decisions when definitive care is hours away. Gain skills and confidence as you work through scenario-based problem solving. The WFA includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that help participants master the central concepts of remote medicine and effectively respond to emergencies. Learn a range of introductory medical skills and topics including patient assessment, lifting and moving patients, cold and heat emergencies, altitude, immersion, submersion, lightning, legal considerations, and more. Learn how to effectively manage basic wounds, infection, shock, head injuries, spinal injuries, respiratory and cardiac emergencies, abdominal pain, metabolic and allergic reactions, and altered mental states. Bring a bag lunch. Course size is limited.

Class dates: Usually offered once a year in May
when registration is available, you may enroll here

Wilderness First Responder Certification - Hybrid Course Format

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training is rapidly growing as an important credential for anyone who works outdoors. Recreational outfitters, guides, trip leaders, outdoor educators, forestry, and park personnel and anyone working or playing in remote areas are seeking this credential to better handle emergency situations. Remote Medical Training’s Wilderness First Responder emphasizes decision-making, hands-on skills, and the theoretical knowledge necessary to function in remote areas. The Hybrid Wilderness First Responder certification is a combination online and onsite course that requires approximately 20-30 hours of pre-course instruction in an online learning environment and five days of class/field coursework. This dynamic classroom and field course will provide you with technical knowledge and applied field experience to handle tough emergency situations that may occur. Please note that food and lodging are not included. Space is limited.

Required Textbooks: Students are required to purchase and read Emergency Medical Responder: First on Scene and Resource Central EMS (EMR) 9th Edition prior to arrival. All other required textbooks will be provided at the course.

Class dates: Usually offered once a year in May
when registration is available, you may enroll here


About our partner, Remote Medical Training

Remote Medical Training has provided remote and wilderness medical training to over 15,000 students worldwide and their training courses range from basic Wilderness First Aid to an advanced Remote Medicine for the Advanced Provider course for medical professionals. RMT certifications are accredited, respected, and accepted by organizations such as the US Department of Defense, Department of State, and a wide range of military, commercial, and non-governmental organizations.

training LOCATION

Courses meet at Northwestern Michigan College University Center, 2200 Dendrinos Drive, in Traverse City, Michigan. Get directions »

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