Medical Professionals Courses

Advanced/EMT+W Hybrid

This is a full DOT Advanced Emergency Medical Technician program with an integrated WEMT upgrade course. The training will satisfy eligibility requirements for National Registry Certification, WEMT certification, and the initial education component of most state licensure procedures. Training will take place daily, including weekends for 14 days.

This course meets all requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Advanced Emergency Medical Technician curriculum and the Wilderness Medical Associates International WEMT curriculum. Topics include patient assessment, body systems, equipment improvisation, trauma, oxygen administration, automatic defibrillation, ECG interpretation, IV therapy, pharmacology, primary care medicine, advanced assessment, endotracheal intubation, environmental medicine, toxins, backcountry medicine, wilderness protocols, and wilderness rescue. To discuss course specifics, please contact us.


This is a full DOT Emergency Medical Technician program followed by a WEMT Upgrade course. The training will satisfy eligibility requirements for the National Registry, State and WEMT certification. Training will take place daily, Monday through Friday, for four weeks.

EMT + W Hybrid (12-Day)

This is a full DOT Emergency Medical Technician Basic program with a WEMT Upgrade course. The training will satisfy eligibility requirements for the National Registry (NREMT), the State of Michigan and Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) WEMT certification. Training will take place daily, Monday through Friday, for 12 days. Friday and Saturday will be reserved for ambulance and emergency room clinical hours which are completed during the students time at our facility. Clinical hours are also accomplished after class during the week. This course requires approximately 70 hours of pre-course instruction which is student led. The 12 day EMT + W Hybrid course is not accelerated or easier than the traditional month-long course, and it is not for everyone. This course was developed adhering to, and in line with the same rigorous standards as WMA's 5 Day Wilderness First Responder Course, which has shown itself to be exceptional. Many students desire the ability to progress in the field of wilderness medicine; however, do not have 4 full weeks to devote to an on-site program. This course was designed to be more convenient and overall less expensive for the self-directed learner. Classes will be limited to 12 participants due to the intensity of the program.

Wilderness Advanced Life Support

Training for physicians, residents, and other advanced care medical practitioners. This program provides effective education in the application of critical thinking and techniques for use in low resource settings.

The Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) is WMA International’s most advanced level course. Our 36-hour course is run over 4 - 5 days.  It is open to certified or licensed advanced level medical practitioners involved in rescue, mass casualty, and remote outdoor environments or urban areas in disaster or crisis. This constantly-evolving course is highlighted by discussions of new and innovative ideas and the appropriate application of technologies. The learning environment is challenging, stimulating, and fun.

Wilderness Medical Elective

A medical school elective designed for medical students interested in learning about the management of patients in remote and low resource areas.

This elective offers medical students an opportunity to expand their practical and academic knowledge through an educational experience that stresses problem-based learning and education among their peers. Our core pedagogical components instill the best practices of medical school education by including didactic sessions, case study discussions, a variety of simulated patient encounters, practical skills labs, and evidenced-based medicine reviews. Particular emphasis is given to assessing patients, formulating problem lists, and carrying out student-planned treatments (including evacuations) in relatively low-tech environments. Our goal is to help our students actively investigate and articulate these best practices via a curriculum that is engaging, practical, and hands-on.

Wilderness EMT Upgrade

Training for medical personnel who would like to enhance their skills and experience for use in the rural, wilderness, and technical rescue setting. This course is popular with all levels of medical professionals but primarily geared toward pre-hospital EMS providers.

The WEMT curriculum builds on EMS training and expertise to meet the special challenges of the remote and unconventional environment. It is designed for medical personnel working in rural EMS, search and rescue, law enforcement, disaster response, and on wilderness expeditions. Like all WMA International training, it represents the best application of the available science balanced by considerable clinical experience and the reality of providing medical care in difficult and dangerous places.