This intensive course combines wilderness medicine with urban medical care practices into a single month-long program that includes field experience helping to provide care for real patients. After 4 weeks of instructor-led classroom education, practical skills, scenarios and full-scale mock rescues, you will be ready to handle medical emergencies, in the wilderness or right in town.
The first 3 weeks of the experience is focused on EMT training, with an immersion into urban care. Your course begins with online prerequisites that prepare you for onsite hands-on skills training and field experiences. You will complete mandatory clinical time on an ambulance, emergency room setting, and/or long-term care facility, and be eligible for both the NC OEMS exam and the NREMT exam at course end. At the end of the EMT experience, an additional week of the NOLS Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals enables you to receive your NOLS WEMT certification.
This unique WEMT (EMT plus WUMP) experience allows students to have options:
- Current NOLS WFR students can attend just the EMT Intensive to upgrade to NOLS WEMT
- Medical practitioners can attend just the NOLS WUMP for continuing education needs
- Students can attend both courses to complete their NOLS WEMT
Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.
The NOLS Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT plus WUMP) includes 336 hours of contact time. It is a combination of the following two courses:
Minimum age 17 years on or before the last day of the EMT Intensive course.
- Proof of Age/Picture ID
- High school diploma or GED (college transcripts do not count)
- No felony convictions and no driving violations
- MedWest Clinical Orientation
- Background Check: https://mednet.quickapp.pro/positions
- 10-Panel Drug Screen: https://requestatest.com/drug-test-10-panel-urine-with-expanded-opiates-testing
- Childhood vaccination record, including Hep B
- TB test within 6 months of the course start date. If positive, a negative chest screen is also required.
- Flu vaccine for January and October courses.
- Full COVID-19 vaccination.
*International students: Students who wish to take the NC written exam must be admitted on a J-1 Visa in order to accommodate background checks. Students who are not taking the NC exam may still attend the EMT Intensive program, but will not be able to test for certification.
Students seeking an EMT certification with a specialization in remote and wilderness medicine.
- Certificate of Completion – EMT Intensive
- Eligibility for NREMT and NC certification exams – Exams will take place on your own time, after the course is complete.
- NC written exams are available through Scantron in most states. The NC written exam must be completed within 90 days of the last day of your EMT Intensive course.
- NREMT written exams are available in most major cities across the country, through PearsonVue.
- Exam details are available at your course, and post-course support is available for 1 year until you finish your testing.
- HSI Basic Life Support
- NOLS WEMT
- NREMT, ASHI, and NOLS certifications are current for two years.
- NC certification is current for 4 years.
The WEMT is eligible for 3 credit hours through Western Carolina University. Check out the reciprocal agreement and process at WCU’s Partnership page.
The NOLS Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT plus WUMP) is a combined course experience. The first 35 weeks of training includes the NCOEMS EMT Intensive course, urban standards only – it is the eligibility training for state and national exam standards of EMT. The final 1 week is the NOLS Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals. Take your EMT training to the next level with this course addition to earn your NOLS WEMT.
Roughly half of each class comes as current WFR students, taking the EMT Intensive to upgrade to WEMT. The other half of the students stay through the NOLS WUMP, eligible for the training because of the EMT course. Students who are current medical professionals (MDs, RNs, Paramedics, Physical Therapists, etc) attend the NOLS WUMP to earn continuing education and gain remote medical training. The mixing of students and their various backgrounds creates a very rich experience for all attending.