How Our Hybrid Course Works

Since this is an Online/Hybrid course, here’s how it all works (including the hands-on portion).

  • First, create an account and register for this course.

  • Then complete the Online portion of class with a passing score of 80% or better (final written exam included).

  • Once you’ve successfully completed the Online portion of class, you will be issued an Online Certificate with a unique Registration Code to use in order to register for a Hands-On Session.

  • Hands-On Sessions will be available NATIONWIDE, starting in late Fall of 2021. Until then, they are only available in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.

  • Students may also attend *just* the Second Day of any regularly scheduled (100% in-person) Wilderness First Aid course. Please contact our admissions office for help with this option.

Why Hybrid Classes?

Learn from wilderness medicine industry professionals!

  • Interactive Content

    Learn about Wilderness First Aid through presentations and interactive lessons before moving on to take your in-person hands-on session.

  • Work at Your Own Pace

    Work online at your own pace, at home or wherever you are! Complete assignments as you go & chat with instructors anytime by email, LiveChat + Facebook!

  • Built-In Assessments

    Students are able to demonstrate what they have learned by taking quizzes and assessments, as well as by uploading photos of their work.

Sample Course Curriculum

Hybrid Wilderness First Aid

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    • Chapter Overview: Basic Concepts

    • Slide Handouts: Basic + Core Concepts

    • Basic + Core Concepts

    • Slide Handouts: Human Body Key Concepts

    • The Human Body: Key Concepts

    • Slide Handouts: BSI, PPE + COVID-19

    • Body Substance Isolation + COVID-19

    • Slide Handouts: Medical-Legal Considerations

    • Medical–Legal Aspects of Care

    • Section Review: Basic Concepts

    • Chapter Review: Basic Concepts

  2. 3
    • Chapter Overview: Patient Assessment System

    • The Patient Assessment System

    • Course Materials: Patient Assessment System

    • Slide Handouts: Intro to Patient Assessment

    • Patient Assessment: An Overview

    • Patient Assessment: Instructional Video

    • Patient Assessment in Real Life...

    • The Dogwood Incident

    • Slide Handouts: Scene Size-Up + Evacuation

    • The Scene Size-Up

    • Tips for Finding Cell Phone Reception

    • Rescue Beacons

    • Slide Handouts: Initial Patient Assessment

    • The Initial (Primary) Patient Assessment

    • The Initial Patient Assessment

    • Slide Handouts: Secondary Patient Assessment

    • The Focused (Secondary) Patient Assessment

    • The Secondary / Focused Assessment

    • How To: Take a Heart Rate

    • How To: Take a Respiratory Rate

    • Chapter Review: Patient Assessment System

    • Time to Practice!

    • How's Your Patient Assessment Going?

    • Let Us Know!

  3. 4
    • Chapter Overview: Risk Mgt. + Med Kits

    • Helpful Guides: First Aid Kits + Meds

    • Slide Handouts: Risk Management, Kits + Meds

    • Risk Management (and First Aid Kits)

    • OTC Medications

    • Medications + More

    • Real First Aid Kits

    • Devin's Wilderness First Aid Kit

    • Building a First Aid Kit

    • Chapter Review: Risk Management + First Aid Kits

  4. 5
    • Chapter Overview: Airway + Cardiovascular Emergencies

    • Airway Emergencies + Asthma

    • Slide Handouts: Common Airway Emergencies

    • Common Airway Emergencies

    • Choking

    • Choking: First Aid

    • What is Shock?

    • Slide Handouts: Shock + ASR

    • Shock + ASR

    • An Intro to Cardiac Emergencies

    • Slide Handouts: Cardiac Emergencies + CPR

    • Cardiac Emergencies

    • CPR in Wilderness + Remote Settings

    • Chapter Review: Airway, Breathing & Cardiac Emergencies

  5. 6
    • Chapter Overview: Brain + Nervous System Emergencies

    • Traumatic Brain Injuries

    • Slide Handouts: Traumatic Brain Injuries

    • TBI's

    • Course Materials: Spinal Column Injuries

    • Spinal Column Injuries

    • Slide Handouts: Spinal Column Injuries

    • Spinal Column Injuries in the Backcountry

    • The CWS C-Spine Rule

    • Chapter Review: TBI's + Spinal Column Injuries

  6. 7
    • Chapter Overview: Backcountry Illnesses

    • Backcountry + Sudden Illnesses

    • Slide Handouts: Backcountry Illnesses

    • Backcountry Illnesses

    • Chapter Review: Backcountry Illnesses

  7. 8
    • Chapter Overview: Thermoregulation + Altitude Emergencies

    • Thermoregulation

    • Slide Handouts: Heat Related Illnesses

    • Heat Illnesses

    • Cold Emergencies

    • Slide Handouts: Cold Related Injuries

    • Cold-Related Injuries

    • An Intro to Altitude Illnesses

    • Slide Handouts: Altitude Illnesses

    • Altitude Illnesses

    • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

    • Chapter Review: Thermoregulation + Altitude Illnesses

  8. 9
    • Chapter Overview: Soft Tissue Injuries

    • Soft Tissue Injuries 101

    • Basic Wound Management

    • Slide Handouts: Soft Tissue Injuries (parts I + II)

    • Soft Tissue Injuries (Part I)

    • Soft Tissue Injuries (Part II)

    • Stop The Bleed (promo)

    • Burns + Blisters 101

    • Slide Handouts: Burns + Blisters

    • Burns + Blisters

    • Chapter Review: Soft Tissue Injuries

  9. 10
    • Chapter Overview: Abdominal Emergencies

    • Abdominal Illnesses + Injuries

    • Assessing the Abdomen (Part I)

    • Assessing the Abdomen (Part II)

    • General Treatment Principles

    • Appendicitis

    • Gastroenteritis

    • Constipation

    • Kidney Stones

    • Ectopic Pregnancy + Feminine Issues

    • Abdominal Eviscerations

    • Evacuation Criteria

    • Chapter Review: Abdominal Emergencies

  10. 11
    • Chapter Overview: Orthopedic Injuries

    • Orthopedic Injuries: The Basics

    • Slide Handouts: Orthopedic Injuries (parts I + II)

    • Assessing Orthopedic Injuries

    • Orthopedic Injuries (Part I)

    • Orthopedic Injuries (Part II)

    • Slide Handouts: Dislocations

    • Dislocation Reduction

    • Slide Handouts: Chest Injuries

    • Common Chest Injuries

    • Chapter Review: Orthopedic Injuries

    • Homework: Splinting Practice

    • Assignment: Practice Scenario 1

    • Scenario 1 – Upload a Photo

    • Assignment: Practice Scenario 2

    • Scenario 2 – Upload a Photo

  11. 12
    • Section Overview: Environmental Emergencies

    • Severe Allergies 101: Anaphylaxis

    • Slide Handouts: Allergies + Anaphylaxis

    • Anaphylaxis

    • How to Use an EpiPen (& Access the Remainder)

    • Lightning Safety Basics

    • Slide Handouts: Lightning Safety

    • Lightning Safety

    • Lightning Safety Rules

    • Treating Lightning Injuries

    • Bear Safety 101

    • Bear Safety Rules

    • Slide Handouts: Bear Safety

    • Bear Safety

    • Bear Spray Basics

    • North American Snakebites

    • Venomous North American Snakes

    • Slide Handouts: North American Snakebites

    • N. American Venomous Snakebites

    • Understanding Snakebites

    • Slide Handouts: Spiders + Scorpions

    • Spiders + Scorpions

    • Slide Handouts: Tick Safety

    • Tick Safety

    • Slide Handouts: Boating + Water Safety

    • Boating + Water Safety

    • Cold Water Boot Camp (USA)

    • Chapter Review: Environmental Emergencies

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    • Course Wrap–Up

    • Before You Take Your Exam...

    • Exit Survey

    • FINAL EXAM