WMI was founded by Melissa Gray and Buck Tilton in 1990. Shortly after incorporating in Pitkin, Colo., WMI ran its first Wilderness EMT course in Gunnison, Colo. From its small beginning, 83 students in three courses in 1990, to its current breadth of operating in 40 states and 20 countries, and now known as NOLS Wilderness Medicine, we have remained focused on this mission to provide the highest quality education and information for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies. We believe when students leave our courses they are empowered to act with confidence in emergency situations. To learn more about NOLS and the effect it has had on over 110,000 students, please visit NOLS Wilderness Medicine's website.
Landmark Learning initiated its affiliate agreement with WMI in 2007, and now administers NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses throughout the Southeastern US, serving 2400+ students each year.
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Wilderness EMT (WEMT 3+1 Format)
Landmark Learning is an authorized Teaching Institute for the NC Office of EMS. Landmark currently has a 99.9% end of course pass rate, with nearly 99% of our students passing the National Registry exam on their first attempt. The first three weeks of the experience is focused on EMT training, with an immersion into urban care. You will complete mandatory clinical time on an ambulance and/or in an emergency room setting, and be eligible for both the NC OEMS exam and the NREMT exam at course end. At the end of the EMT experience, tack on the NOLS Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals to receive your WEMT certification. Landmark is the only place where you can receive your WEMT training in this unique format.
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
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.
Are your wilderness medicine protocols on the tip of your tongue or in the bottom of your pack? This three day scenario-based course is designed as review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides wilderness medicine practitioners with current updates in the wilderness medicine field. WFR Recertification courses include Adult CPR for those who also need this requirement. This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. Upon successful course completion you will earn a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute WFR or WEMT certification. For a list of wilderness medicine schools that WMI recognizes as eligible for recertification please contact our office.
Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)
River guides and other trip leading staff often require a more extensive training program than the Wilderness First Aid course. This five day course focuses on stabilization, treatment and evacuation guidelines of patients in backcountry environments. More emphasis is placed on long term patient care management and specific injury evaluation. This course may be used for wilderness medicine recertification for those who wish a more extensive refresher than the WFA program.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
If you plan to spend time in the backcountry you need to be prepared. Fast paced and hands-on, this two or three-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors. This course is pre-approved by such organizations as: the American Camping Association, the United States Forest Service, and other governmental agencies.
Wilderness Medicine for the Professional Practitioner
This course is designed for current EMTs, physicians, and RNs who wish to upgrade their pre-exisiting skill set to be able to provide comprehensive patient assessment and treatment when in remote or wilderness environments.
Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals (WUMP)
Building on your background in urban emergency care you will learn how to improvise equipment, deal with challenging environmental conditions, and make difficult medical decisions in remote locations.