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, and advice on drug therapies. The program emphasises prevention and decision-making, not list memorization. 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.

Prerequisites: None

Course Cost:

  • $560 - Current Appalachian State University students
  • $795 - Other

Deposit Amounts: Deposit can be made to reserve your spot on this course

  • $280 - Current Appalachian State University students
  • $450 - Other


  • Thursday, December 12 - Friday, December 20, 2019 
  • Sunday, May 10 - Monday, May 18, 2020 (COURSE IS FULL - Not Accepting any more registrations)
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (All days and two night scenarios)

Location: Broadstone at Appalachian State University

  • 1431 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Lodging: Onsite lodging at Broadstone is optional. Cabin space is available at Broadstone on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any overnight stay is $20/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 credits 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. Melissa Weddell.

Continuing Education:

Course Paperwork:

Download: 2019-2020 Course Application

Download: Landmark Agreement

Download: NOLS Rescue Gear

Download: NOLS Release

Download: Broadstone Agreement

Download: Before You Arrive to Broadstone

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For more information, contact Eddie Simmons at simmnsed@appstate.edu or (828) 262-2100.