Wilderness First Aid

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.

Taught by seasoned instructors in a two or two and a half day format, most WFA courses are held on a weekend. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

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Course Length:

2 Days, 16 Hours

Recommended for:

Avid hikers, teachers leading school trips, backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs and adventure race safety personnel.


None. This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. You must possess a WFR or WEMT certification from WMI or OPEPA (must be current or within grace year), SOLO or WMA (must be current) to recertify through this course. Upon successful course completion you will earn a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute WFR or WEMT certification

Course Cost:

$140 - Current Appalachian State University students

$205 - Other

$75 deposit can be made to reserve your spot on this course


Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saturday, February 24 - Sunday, February 25, 2018

        8:00am-5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday


Broadstone at Appalachian State University
1431 Broadstone Road
Banner Elk, NC 28604


Onsite lodging at Broadstone is optional. Camping, car camping or cabin space is available at Broadstone  on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Any overnight stay is $15/night and grants access to the kitchen amenities and indoor showers located in cabins.  Lodging is only available on Saturday evenings.

Certifications Received:

WMI Wilderness First Aid certification Certifications are current for two years.

Academic Course Credit:

Appalachian State University's Recreation Managment Department offers 1.00 credit for this course. The course number is RM3532.  This is optional. Enrollment for this course can take place via ApplNet course registration. Payment for course may take place AFTER ApplNet registration. If you need any further assistance with academic course credit, contact Dr. Erik Rabinowitz , Recreation Managment Area Director.

Continuing Education:

This course meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards and the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid  training requirement.
This course is approved by the United States Coast Guard  to satisfy the first aid and CPR training requirements [46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(i) &46 CFR 11.205(e)(2)(iv)] for a merchant mariner license.

Course Paperwork:

Download: Course Application

Download: Health Form

Download: WMI Release

Download: Broadstone Agreement

Download: WFA Course Outline Expectations Packing List

Download: Before You Arrive to Broadstone

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For more information contact Outdoor Programs, Chris Bartram at  Bartramc@appstate.edu or at 828-262-4077.

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Physical Address:
Student Recreation Center
150 Bodenheimer Drive
Boone, North Carolina 28608

Phone: (828) 262-4077
Fax: (828) 262-3033

A department of UREC in the division of Student Development.

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