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The MED Remote Medicine (MED) Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) upgrade course is available to currently credentialed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) licensed at the state or national level. 

The MED WEMT upgrade course parallels any of our available Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses.


Our WFR 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.


Topics covered in our Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) upgrade course include an in depth overview and practice of:


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

  • 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




Eight Consecutive Day Model



Two Week Extended Model

Day 1: 8:00am-6:00pm

Day 2: 8:00am-6:00pm

Day 3: 8:00am-6:00pm, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Day 4: 8:00am-6:00pm

Day 5: 8:00am-6:00pm, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Day 6: 8:00am-6:00pm

Day 7: 8:00am-6:00pm, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Day 8: 8:00am-6:00pm

A 1 hour lunch break is provided each day of this course.

Customizations to this schedule can be made upon request.

Day 1, Mon: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 2, Tues: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 3, Wed: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 4, Thur: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 5, Fri: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 6, Sat: 9:00am-7:30pm

Day 7, Sun: 9:00am-7:30pm

Day 8, Mon: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 9, Tues: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 10, Wed: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 11, Thur: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 12, Fri: 6:45pm-10:00pm

Day 13, Sat: 9:00am-7:30pm

Day 14, Sun: 9:00am-7:30pm

A 1 hour lunch break is provided each full day of this course.

Customizations to this schedule can be made upon request.




Our Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) upgrade courses meet the Minimum Guidelines and Scope of Practice for Wilderness First Responder (WFR) accepted among fellow industry providers for recognition and reciprocity for recertification. Similarly, we recognize training and certification provided by these providers.

Our Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) upgrade and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses involve a minimum of 72 hours of contact time. A written exam and minimum of 2 practical exams (1 medical & 1 trauma) are associated.

In order to achieve and maintain a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification, a student must possess a state or national Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license. 



Upon successful completion of the course components, including the exams, a student is granted a 3 year Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification. Their WEMT certification remains valid so long as their state or national Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license is current. If a certified WEMT has their regular EMT license expire, their WEMT certification adjusts to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification.

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 Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course.




To recertify a student can:


  • If a student's Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification has been issued by MED Remote Medicine (MED) and is within the 3 year certification period, they may either participate in a MED 16 hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course or a MED 24 hour Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFRR) course. Upon successful completion of either courses components, the student becomes recertified for an additional 3 years from the recertification course end date. 





  • If a student's Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification has been issued by another provider and it involved a minimum of 70 hours of contact time, they are allowed to participate in a MED Remote Medicine (MED) 24 hour Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFRR) course and upon successful completion, become recertified for a 3 year period from the recertification course end date. This opportunity to recertify with MED must be completed prior to the end of a previous 3 year certification period or a 1 year grace period if the certification involves such. Upon successful completion of a MED 24 hour WFRR, a MED WEMT certification is granted with the same certification guidelines outlined above.

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