Wilderness Module for Healthcare Professionals

A 5-Day Bridge Course From the Street to the Outdoors

The Wilderness Module for Healthcare Professionals is a 5-day program that focuses on emergency care protocols when separated from definitive care by distance, time, or circumstance. This class is fast-paced and designed for students with an advanced knowledge of patient care, but who seek a better understanding of wilderness and backcountry protocols and procedures. Successful completion of this course upgrades current street first responders, doctors, nurses, and PAs to the WFR level, and current EMTs and Paramedics to the Wilderness EMT (WEMT) level.

This course does not include CPR. 

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

Recommended For: First Responders, Doctors, Nurses, PAs, EMTs, Paramedics

Certifications Received: Depending on previous certifications, students will receive either:
• Wilderness First Responder Certification
• Wilderness EMT Certification

*Price does not include lodging tax - Call for availability


Courses Dates

Wilderness Module for Healthcare Professionals Mar 2nd - 6th Bryson City, NC $725 Book Now
Wilderness Module for Healthcare Professionals Jul 13th - 17th Bryson City, NC $725 Book Now
Wilderness Module for Healthcare Professionals Oct 5th - 9th Bryson City, NC $725 Book Now

SOLO Southeast Reviews

"Our instructor, Shelby, was exceptionally knowledgeable, professional, and well-prepared. She had a positive attitude, and an encouraging and flexible teaching style - all while maintaining a tight ship. She kept the class material focused and the students engaged. I would recommend her, and this class, to anyone. I would also love to have her on any of my backcountry expeditions!" - Anonymous

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

"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


Course Outline


Course Topics

Barotrauma and Marine Bites & Stings
Case Histories and Mock Rescues
Heat Exhaustion
Heat Stroke
Musculoskeletal Injuries
North American Bites & Stings
Principles of Long-Term Patient Care
Severe Weather, Lightning & Avalanche
Soft Tissue Injuries
Wilderness Patient Assessment System

Course Objectives

Bridge emergency personnel to Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT status

Course Notes:

This 5-day program focuses on emergency care protocols when separated from definitive care by distance, time, or circumstance.


Course In Action Photos


Packing List


Print the course packing list by clicking on the print icon to the right. 

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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