NOLS Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT plus WUMP)

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NOLS Wilderness Medicine Communicable Disease Disclosure (English)

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.

Course Outline

The NOLS Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT plus WUMP) includes 336 hours of contact time. It is a combination of the following two courses:

EMT Intensive – July 2024 Course Schedule

WUMP LL Jan 2024

Packing List

We will try to be outdoors as much as possible, regardless of the weather. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and to be comfortable both in and outdoors at any time during your course.

NOLS WFR Gear List and

EMT Class Gear Lists

General Information

Course Length

336 hours


Visit the Course Prerequisites and Clinical Prerequisites on the EMT Intensive Course Overview.

Certifications Received

  • 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 Meazure Learning 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
  • NREMT, ASHI, and NOLS certifications are current for two years.
  • NC certification is current for 4 years.


Course Length

The WEMT is eligible for 3 credit hours through Western Carolina University. Check out the reciprocal agreement and process at WCU’s Partnership page.

Course Expectations

The NOLS Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT plus WUMP) is a combined course experience. The first 3 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.

Additional Details

As this is a combined course experience, be sure to visit both course pages for full details.

NCOEMS EMT Intensive and

NOLS Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals