SOLO Southeast’s Premium Wilderness Medicine Course
Length: 1 Month; 21 Days (EMT-Basic) plus 5 Days (Module)
Price: Wilderness EMT Intensive: $2629.99 • EMT Intensive (Without Module): $1949.99
Lodging: Available through NOC
Meals: Available through NOC Restaurants
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February 12-March 10
June 11-July 7
September 17-October 13
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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.
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.
Why SOLO Southeast?
Our instructors have extensive outdoor experience and have been selected not only for their expertise in emergency medicine and rescue, but for their teaching skills. You learn from the best … in the best location. SOLO Southeast is located NOC’s main campus at the intersection of the Nantahala River and the Appalachian Trail, meaning you learn wilderness medicine in the wilderness.
SOLO Southeast students are extended a discount on NOC lodging and meals.