EMT & Wilderness EMT (WEMT) Intensive

SOLO Southeast's Premium Wilderness Medicine Course

Becoming a Wilderness EMT involves two courses: Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) and a Wilderness Module. Together, these certification courses make for a month-long intensive program that gives students the skills and confidence to handle medical emergencies in the wilderness or in urban settings.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B): 172 Hours/21 Days
This 21-Day course consists of the standard Department of Transportation EMT curriculum shortened into an intensive, three-week program. Students will learn how to find and communicate with patients, assess airway, breathing and circulation, control incident sites and administer emergency medical techniques. They will also find out how to perform proper solo-care with limited access and safe transport methods. The course takes place in a classroom setting through hands-on, practical skills scenarios and clinicals at local EMS services, emergency departments or walk-in clinics. American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) CPR for the Professional Rescuer is included.

Following successful completion, students can move forward to take the North Carolina State EMT Exams and/or National Registry EMT Exam. Training and certification as an EMT will prepare you for a future career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) including military, law enforcement, rescue services, and expedition and wilderness guide positions.

Wilderness Module: 40 Hours/5 Days
By definition, "wilderness" is based on the concepts of emergency care when separated from definitive care by distance, time, or circumstance. The Wilderness Module integrates what you learn in EMT-B with wilderness protocols needed in the backcountry.

Following successful completion of both courses, students gain a two-year SOLO WEMT certification and two-year CPR certification. It is up to each individual student to gain their North Carolina State EMT and National Registry EMT certifications.

Lodging: Available through NOC
Meals: Available through NOC’s Restaurants

Recommended For: Those seeking a career in Emergency Medical Services, the military or law enforcement, or expedition and wilderness guides.

Prerequisites: Due to the intense nature of the course, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • No felony convictions
  • Childhood vaccinations, Hep B series and a negative TB test within 6 months of the course start date
  • The ability to negotiate all types of terrain, in all weather conditions

There are many factors that may exclude individuals from taking this course. For the safety of students and instructors, all required forms must be completed before the start date. These forms are available by contacting the SOLO Southeast office at 828-785-4980.

Certifications Received:
• Two-Year SOLO Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician Certification
• Two-Year CPR Certification

*Price does not include lodging tax - Call for availability


Courses Dates

Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) Feb 9th - 28th Bryson City, NC $2,200 Call to Book
Wilderness EMT - Intensive Feb 9th - Mar 6th Bryson City, NC $2,295 Call to Book
Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) Jun 21st - Jul 10th Bryson City, NC $2,200 Call to Book
Wilderness EMT - Intensive Jun 21st - Jul 17th Bryson City, NC $2,295 Call to Book
Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) Sep 13th - Oct 2nd Bryson City, NC $2,200 Call to Book
Wilderness EMT - Intensive Sep 13th - Oct 9th Bryson City, NC $2,295 Call to Book

SOLO Southeast Reviews

"I feel much more prepared for future trips & adventures. Excellent balance of knowledge, humor, and hands-on learning. Very personable, respectful, and helpful!"
— Former SOLO Student

"Humor and honest feedback made this course stay interesting, educational, and overall very effective."
— Former SOLO Student


Course Outline


Course Topics

Introduction to Emergency Care & Training
Medical Legal Issues
Patient Assessment System
Airway Obstruction & Respiratory Arrest
O2 Therapy
Bleeding & Shock
CPR Considerations for the Remote Environment
Chest Trauma
Common Wilderness Medical Problems
Central Nervous System
Lifting and Moving
Back Board and KED Board
Litter Packaging
Backcountry Spinal Assessment
Head Injuries
Soft Tissue Injuries
Wilderness Wound Management
Athletic Injuries
Fracture Management
Traction Splint
Cold Injuries
Hydration Illnesses
Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
Abdominal Emergencies
Multiple Casualty Incidents
Incident Command System
Leadership, Teamwork & Communication
Medical Decision-making
Disturbances of Behavior
Alcohol & Drug Emergencies

Course Notes:

Training as an EMT will help prepare you for a future career in Emergency Medical Services, the military or law enforcement, and is recommended for expedition and wilderness guides. 

Course Curriculum:

EMT Curriculum

Module 1: Preparatory

  • Introduction to EMS Systems
  • The Well Being of the EMT
  • Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues
  • The Human Body
  • Baseline Vital Signs and SAMPLE History
  • Lifting and Moving Patients

Module 2: Airway

  • Airway Management
  • Practical Skills Lab: Airway
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer

Module 3: Patient Assessment

  • Scene Size-Up
  • The Initial Assessment
  • Focused History and Physical Exam - Trauma Patients
  • Focused History and Physical Exam - Medical Patients
  • Detailed Physical Exam
  • On-Going Assessment
  • Communications
  • Documentation
  • Practical Skills Lab: Patient Assessment

Module 4: Medical/Behavioral Emergencies & Obstetrics/Gynecology

  • General Pharmacology
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Diabetes/Altered Mental Status
  • Allergies
  • Poisoning/Overdose
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Practical Skills Lab: Medica/Behavioral and OBGYN

Module 5: Trauma

  • Bleeding & Shock
  • Soft Tissue Injujries
  • Musculoskeletal Care
  • Injuries to the Head and Spine
  • Practical Skills Lab: Trauma

Module 6: Infants & Children

  • Infants & Children
  • Practical Skills Lab: Infants and Children

Module 7: Operations

  • Advanced Airway
  • Practical Skills Lab: Advanced Airway

Wilderness Module

Wilderness Specific Protocals

  • Hx of Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness vs. Urban Care
  • Wilderness Legal Issues
  • Anatomy of a Crisis
  • Remote CPR Protocols
  • Spine Management (Clearing the Spine)

Patient Assessment

  • PAS Overview
  • Primary Survey (ABCDE)
  • Moving Pts. (Log Rolls & BEAM)
  • Secondary Survey (Vitals, PE, AMPLE HX)
  • Documentation (SOAP)

Managing Injuries in the Backcountry

  • Head Injury Management - Highlights of TX and monitoring
  • Cardiothoracic Trauma Management - TX and monitoring
  • Musculoskeletal Injury Management
    • Sprains & Strains Assessment & TX
    • Complicated Fractures Assessment and TX
    • Improvised Splinting
    • Improvised Traction Splits
    • Dislocation Reduction

Managing Soft Tissue Injuries in the Backcountry

  • Bleeding and Infection Management
  • Long Term Wound Care
  • Special Considerations
  • Impaled Objects
  • Blisters
  • Eye Injuries
  • Teeth
  • Wilderness Burn Management

Environmental Emergencies

  • Cold Illness (Hypothermia, Frostbite, Immersion Foot)
  • Heat Illness (Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps, Heat Stroke)
  • Exertional Hyponatremia
  • Drowning and Near Drowning
  • Altitude
  • Lightning
  • Anaphylaxis - Highlights of TX and Monitoring
  • North American Bites and Stings

Backcountry Rescues

  • Packaging Practice
  • Incident Command System
  • Long Term Patient Care Considerations
  • Improvised Litters
  • Litter Handling

Backcountry Survival Skills

  • Water Disinfection
  • Emergency Bivouac
  • Shelter-Building

Group Management in the Backcountry

  • International Travel and Safety
  • Common Expedition Problems
  • Expedition Medications and Medical Kits
  • Death in the Backcountry

Clinical Rotations & Assessments



Course In Action Photos


Packing List


You should plan to have clothing appropriate to the season in which you will be taking the class, as you will spend a significant amount of time outside. The following list is to SUPPLEMENT the clothing you will be wearing. If you have trouble locating some of these items please call us as we have a limited amount for loan.

Necessary items (for all classes)

  • Backpack to put everything in (medium to large)
  • Rain gear (tops and bottoms)
  • Layers of clothing (for splinting exercises and to keep yourself warm during scenarios)
  • Warm hat or sun hat
  • Water bottles (at least 1 qt/litre)
  • Some snacks
  • Pen and notepad
  • Wrist Watch (cell phone is not sufficient)
  • Foot wear appropriate to the terrain (closed toes, no flip flops)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen

Additional items

(Optional for WFA, Required for AWFA, WFR, WEMT, WEMT Module)

  • Old Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Footwear you don't mind getting wet
  • Knife
  • Plastic tarp or groundsheet (min 6’X6’)
  • Head light
  • Sleeping pad (ensolite or thermarest)
  • Personal first aid kit (Band-Aids etc)
  • Trekking poles (useful but not required)

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