Wilderness First Responder

This is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include but are not limited to: wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision-making, not the memorization of lists. This course is designed specifically to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Half of your time will be spent completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios designed to challenge your decision making abilities. Adult CPR is included in this course.

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Course Length:

9 Days, 80 Hours

Recommended for:

Backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, EMT’s and adventure race safety personnel.



Course Cost:

$500 - Current Appalachian State University students

$725 - Other

Deposit Amounts:

 Deposit can be made to reserve your spot on this course

$250 - Current Appalachian State University students

$400 - Other


Sunday, May 13 - Monday, May 21, 2018 *FULL* Accepting Waitlist- Please contact Eddie Simmons at simmnsed@appstate.edu

        8:00am-5:00pm, all days and two night scenarios


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 Responder Certification

WMI Adult & Child CPR certification

Certifications are current for two years.

Academic Course Credit:

Appalachian State University's Recreation Management Department  offers 3.00 credit for this course. The course number is RM3155. 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, please contact Dr. Meillsa Weddell.

Continuing Education:

This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services  (CECBEMS).

Active members of the Wilderness Medical Society  may earn up to 59.5 hours of credit towards a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). There is an additional fee of $15 for students requesting these credits.

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: Landmark Release

Download: NOLS Release

 Download: Broadstone Agreement

Download: WFR 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!