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:

$150 - Current Appalachian State University students

$225 - Other 

Deposit Amounts:

Deposit can be made to reserve your spot on this course

$75 - Current Appalachian State University Students 

$100 - Other


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. 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.  

Certifications Received:

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

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: 2017 Course Application

 Download: Health Form

Download: LL Release

 Download: NOLS 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 Eddie Simmons at Simmnsed@appstate.edu, (828) 262-2100.

Contact OP


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

Phone: (828) 262-4077
A program area within UREC in the division of Student Affairs.

First Ascent Summer 2018 registration has started. These programs fill rapidly. Join us on Appalachian State Univeristy's only Wilderness Orientation program this summer!