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Sat, Mar 30


MIT - On Campus, Boston, MA

Wilderness First Responder (ONLINE HYBRID) - WFR 20240330

Hosted By: MIT Outing Club

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Time & Location

Mar 30, 2024, 8:00 AM EDT – Apr 07, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT

MIT - On Campus, Boston, MA, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

About the Course



The MED Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course makes use of lecture and practical-based learning both in and outside of the classroom, and is geared towards students who will be working, guiding, or recreating in remote locations with others.

The concepts and skills taught in this course will prepare you to prevent, identify, and stabilize a diverse range of injuries and illnesses associated with recreation in remote places where adaptations to harsh environments, limited access to resources and communication, and personal/group safety must be made.

Beginning with patient assessment, this course will establish a strong foundation for students to make informed decisions during emergency situations when far from definitive healthcare systems.

Topic List

Topics covered in our Wilderness First Responder course include:

  • Wilderness Medicine Theory & Legality
  • Patient Assessment
  • Documentation
  • CPR
  • Bleeding
  • Wilderness Wound & Burn Management
  • Shock
  • Chest & Lung Injuries
  • Cardiac Emergencies
  • Spine Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Neurological Emergencies
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illnesses
  • Bites, Stings & Poisoning
  • Allergies & Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Lightning
  • Submersion
  • Altitude Illnesses
  • Psychological & Behavioral Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Communicable Diseases & Camp Hygiene
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Urinary & Reproductive System Issues
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Emergency & Evacuation Plans
  • Common Wilderness Medicine Problems
  • First Aid Kits & Medications
  • Oxygen Administration

Inclusion of additional topics and descriptions beyond what is listed can be discussed and agreed on upon request.

Certification Guidelines

Our Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course involves a minimum of 72 hours of contact time. A written exam and minimum of 2 practical exams (1 medical & 1 trauma) are associated.

Upon successful completion of the course components, including the exams, a student is granted a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and also a CPR & AED certification taught to an equivalent health care provider level. Certifications are valid for three years.

A 1 year grace period DOES NOT exist beyond the regular 3 year certification period. A student is not considered, "Current," or, "Certified," beyond their 3 year certification period.

If a student goes beyond their 3 year certification period, they are required to re-take the entire Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course.

Schedule / Registration

Registration: Students in this course must register no later than 30 days prior to the in-person course component start date. Students must register no later than February 29, 2024. The in-person course component starts on March 30, 2024. Materials are sent via regular mail to registered students to be recieved at least 3 weeks ahead of the in-person course component start date. 

Pre-Course: 24 hours equalivent of self-study online pre-course work is associated with this course. This course work is to be completed no later than 48 hours prior to the in person course component start date. 

In Person Course Component:

Saturday | March 30: 8:00am-5:00pm*

Sunday | March 31: 8:00am-5:00pm*

Monday | April 1: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Tuesday | April 2: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Wednesday | April 3: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Thursday | April 4: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Friday | April 5: NO CLASS

Saturday | April 6: 8:00am-5:00pm*

Sunday | April 7: 8:00am-5:00pm*

*A 1 hour lunch break will exist during full days.


The designated instructor for this course is Sarah Morris.


The course is hosted by the MIT Outing Club. 


The total cost of this program is 795.00 USD. A 200.00 USD deposit payment secures your spot in this course.


A deposit payment is due at the time of program booking for any MED Remote Medicine course. The remaining outstanding payment is due once 45 days from the course start date/registration deadline (February 29, 2024). If a course is booked within 45 days of its start date/registration deadline, 100% of the tuition is due at the time of course booking.

All deposits are non-refundable & non-transferable.

Any payment received more than 7 days past its due date will be considered delinquent and is subject to a late fee of 5% of the listed price. Any invoice more than 14 days past due may result in the cancellation of the related program or forfeit of said participants placement in the program.

Cancellations made greater than 30 days from the course start date will receive all fees paid minus the original deposit. Cancellations made 30 days or less from the course start date will lose all fees paid.

In the event of an unforeseen circumstance related cancellation (e.g. natural disaster), all fees minus the deposit payment amount will be refunded to all course participants. The deposit payment will remain active and useable for a future MED Remote Medicine course for up to 1 year from the original start date of the cancelled course. MED Remote Medicine holds the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.

MED Remote Medicine holds the right to include additional payment and course policies for custom course bookings.

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