Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Get a 3 year WFR Certification, Work in the Outdoors

Course Length: 8-9 Days
Price: $720.00
Price + Lodging: $900.00 – Call for availability*
Meals: Available through NOC’s Restaurants
*Price does not include lodging tax

Upcoming Dates:

WFRJanuary 13-20, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFRFebruary 3-10, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFRMarch 17-24, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFRApril 21-29, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFR Parts 1 & 2May 14-17, 2018 (Part 1)
May 21-24, 2018 (Part 2)
Bryson City, NC
WFRJune 2-10, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFRJuly 21-29, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFRAugust 11-19, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFRSeptember 1-9, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFROctober 13-20, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFRNovember 10-17, 2018Bryson City, NC
WFRDecember 8-15, 2018Bryson City, NC

SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses are the recognized industry standard for backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, river guides, ski patrollers and students in outdoor recreation programs. The WFR is an eight to nine-day comprehensive course that covers the standards of backcountry medicine. Students will gain knowledge, skills, and confidence in areas including musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries, environmental emergencies, survival skills and other medical emergencies. SOLO Southeast’s WFR courses place an emphasis on leadership, prevention, and decision-making, giving you the tools to make critical decisions in remote wilderness locations. Skills are gained in traditional classroom sessions as well as through participation in practical skills scenarios.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is a three-year certification. This course includes CPR.

Course Syllabus 

SOLO Southeast students are extended a discount on NOC lodging and meals.

Why SOLO Southeast?
Our instructors have extensive outdoor experience and are selected for their expertise in emergency medicine and rescue as well as for their teaching abilities. You are learning from the best … in the best location. SOLO Southeast is located at the intersection of the Nantahala River and Appalachian trail at NOC’s Wesser Campus, meaning you learn wilderness medicine in the wilderness.


Anatomy & Physiology (A & P) of Respiratory System and Cardiothoracic Region
A & P of the Cardiovascular System
A & P of the Central Nervous System
A & P of the Gastrointestinal System and Genitourinary System
A & P of the Integumentary System
A & P of the Musculoskeletal System
Abdominal Pain
Abdominal Trauma
Allergic Reactions
Altitude-Related Injuries
Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
Bites & Stings: Animals & Plants
Bivouac Skills
Bloodborne Pathogens & Infectious Disease
Body Systems: Anatomy & Physiology
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Changes in Level of Consciousness
Chest Pain
Chest Trauma
Cold-Related Injuries
Common Expedition Problems
CPR Considerations in the Remote Environment
CPR Practical Exam
Diabetic Emergencies
Dislocations & Reduction Techniques
Drowning-Related Injuries
Environmental Emergencies
Fractures & Splinting Techniques
Group Preventative Medicine
Head Trauma
Heat-Related Injuries
History Taking & SAMPLE
Improvising Litters
Leadership in a Backcountry
Emergency Lifting & Moving Techniques
Lightning-Related Injuries
Long-Term Patient Care
Long-Term Management of the Shock Victim
Long-Term Wound Care
Medical Emergencies
Medical Emergencies and Patient Assessment
Medicolegal Issues
Mock Rescue
Organizing the Rescue
PAS in the Extreme Environment
Patient Assessment System (PAS)
Primary Survey: “The First Five Minutes”
Prudent Heart Living
Role of the Wilderness First Responder
Secondary Survey & Vital Signs
Shock & Bleeding Control
Shortness of Breath
SOAPnote & Getting Help
Soft Tissue Injuries & Bandaging Skills
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury Management
Splinting Practice
Sprains & Strains
Techniques of CPR & CPR Skills
The Anatomy of a Backcountry Crisis
The Ten Essentials
Use of Epinephrine
Wilderness Stabilization & Bivouac
Wilderness versus Urban First Responder
Wilderness First Responder Practical Exam
Wilderness First Responder Written Exam


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