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 emphasizes 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.

Minimum Age: To participate in a Wilderness Medical Certification through Appalachian State University, participants must be 18 on the first day of the course or a registered Appalachian State University Student who has graduated from high school.

Course Cost:

  • $560 - Current Appalachian State University students
  • $795 - Other
  • Prices subject to change based on COVID-19 regulations


  • Thursday, December 9th - Friday, December 17th, 2021
  • 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (All days and two night scenarios)
  • Participants must arrive at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 9th, for an orientation to the facility

Location: Broadstone at Appalachian State University

  • 1431 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Lodging: Onsite lodging at Broadstone is optional. Shared cabin space with bunk beds is available at Broadstone on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any overnight stay is $20/night and grants access to the kitchen appliances and indoor showers located in the cabins. Students may choose to stay from the night prior to the course beginning through the night the course finishes. Students staying the night before must arrive by 8:00 p.m.  A housing package may also be purchased a reduced cost to include lodging for all nights starting on the evening prior to the course and ending the morning of the last day of the course.

NOLS COVID-19 Vaccine Policy: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on all U.S. based NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses beginning in November 2021. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purposes of this policy. Along with your WFR course documentation, there are 3 documents listed at the bottom of this page that relate to the Covid-19 vaccine policy. Please review all paperwork relating to the Covid-19 vaccine policy. For your reference, the following bullet points are the documents to review:

  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine COVID-19 Disclosure, Practices, and Expectations for Students
  • Exemption Forms

Equipment Needed: Please see the NOLS Rescue Gear in the course paperwork for a packing list. Be sure to bring old clothes you do not mind getting dirty/stained. Additionally due to COVID-19, each student will be required to bring 3 face masks, safety goggles or sunglasses, 9 paper or plastic storage bags in which to isolate face masks for 72 hours, and personal hand sanitizer. Please see the Landmark Learning Student Expanded Agreement in the course paperwork.

Certifications Received:

  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Adult & Child CPR certification
  • Certifications are current for two years.

Continuing Education:

Course Paperwork:

Please mail all course paperwork to Student Recreation Center C/O Valerie Kankiewicz, ASU Box 32081, Boone, NC 28608 by November 9th, 2021.

Download: Wilderness Medicine COVID 19 Disclosure English

Download: Wilderness Medicine Student Vax Policy


Download: Wilderness Medicine Course Application

Download: Landmark Agreement

Download: Landmark Learning Student Expanded Agreement

Download: NOLS Rescue Gear

Download: NOLS Release

Download: Broadstone Agreement

Download: Grounds and Lodging Orientation

Download: General UREC Participant Waiver All Programs

Download: Before You Arrive to Broadstone

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For more information, contact Dusty Roberts at robertsdf@appstate.edu or (828) 262-4077.