Wilderness EMS Recertification


The Wilderness EMS Recertification (WEMS-R) course will review the latest evidence-based science and best practices in wilderness EMS and remote medicine. WEMS-R course participants will review foundational knowledge and apply newly learned skills and guidelines via hands-on scenarios and simulations. Topics include: assessment and management of multi-systems trauma patients, pain management, a review of complex environmental medicine case studies, the assessment and management of mental health challenges in the field, and pro tips for managing extended patient care. Our WEMS-R course is offered in a 2-day format and meets the WMEC’s minimum requirement of 16 hours delivered in person, devoted to hands-on, practical skills and simulations.

The Hybrid WEMS-R format offers 8 hours of self-paced, online instruction followed by two consecutive days in the classroom. The online component is hosted on CANVAS®, a cloud-based classroom and powerful learning management system that allows individual students to work at a personalized pace. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies, videos, photos, animations, quizzes, and a midterm exam and is available approximately 1 month before the in-person classroom section.   

The hybrid format works best for self-motivated individuals with good time management skills that have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, and high-speed internet. This instructional format provides opportunities for course participants to learn at their own speed, during their most convenient times, in their own space. 

During the classroom section, course participants integrate their knowledge via drills, skill stations, scenarios, simulations, and discussions with the same instructor team that support them during the online component.

Registration for the Hybrid WEMS-R includes both the online and classroom sections. In the event that an individual is unable to meet in-person, or a classroom section is canceled, course participants have the flexibility to transfer to another 2-day classroom section as long as it is within 1-year of completing the online component. 

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Hours: 24

Length: 8 hours of self-paced online component + 2 days in-person (16 hours)


  • WEMS Recertification (3 year certification)
  • CPR and AED (3 year certification)
  • WAT (2 year certification)

Prerequisite: Current State EMT or NREMT, or healthcare professional license and valid WEMS completion card. Online-only WEMS certifications are not accepted.

Credits: Earn college credits through the University of Colorado Denver.  More info…

CE Hours: WRC courses are eligible for up to 18 EMT continuing education hours with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and the Colorado state EMS office. Review WEMS Recertification CEU Itemized List for a breakdown of available hours, and reach out to learn more about EMS continuing education with DMM. 


  • Wilderness Medicine Guidelines
  • Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability
  • Wilderness Risk Management
  • Patient Assessment
  • Basic Life Support
  • Airway Management & Adjuncts
  • Complex Traumatic Injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Pain Management
  • Spine Injury Management
  • Vacuum Spine Board
  • Complex Backcountry Medical Problems
  • Backcountry Medication Management
  • Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training
  • Genitourinary Issues
  • Mental Health Illnesses
  • Complex Environmental Medicine
  • Avalanche Burial Resuscitation
  • Professional Incident Documentation
  • Professionally Calling A Rescue
  • Incident Management
  • Leadership & Critical Thinking During An Incident
  • Psychological First Aid

Wilderness EMS Recertification

Provider: Desert Mountain Medicine Headquarters
Format: Hybrid
Cost: $350
Provider: Desert Mountain Medicine Headquarters
Format: Hybrid
Cost: $350
Provider: Desert Mountain Medicine Headquarters
Format: Hybrid
Cost: $350
Provider: Desert Mountain Medicine Headquarters
Format: Hybrid
Cost: $350
Provider: Desert Mountain Medicine Headquarters
Format: Hybrid
Cost: $350