Wilderness Upgrade for EMT

The 54-hour Wilderness Upgrade for EMTs course is designed for all EMT levels. This training will prepare prehospital care professionals to prevent environmental illnesses, proactively manage pre-existing conditions in the field, and challenge participants to think outside of the comfort of an ambulance and/or clinic. This course is an ideal professional upgrade for SAR members, rural ambulance or hospital personnel, ski patrol, EMT certified guides, or other field-based staff. 

Hours: 54

Length: 5-6 days 

Training: WAT, W-Upgrade for EMT

Prerequisite: Current CPR, and State EMT or NREMT

Credits: College credits are available when registering for a course sponsored by an institution of higher education.

CEU: Continuing education credits may be available through your organization or employer. Reach out to learn more.


  • Urban Vs Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness Medicine Guidelines
  • Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability
  • Wilderness Risk Management
  • Patient Assessment
  • Basic Life Support
  • Complex Airway Management
  • Supraglottic Airways
  • Micromedics
  • Multisystems Trauma
  • Iv Therapy In The Backcountry
  • Dilocations
  • 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
  • Backcountry Communication Devices
  • Professionally Calling A Rescue
  • Basic Vs Expedition First Aid Kits
  • Improvised Litters & Carries
  • Incident Management
  • Leadership & Critical Thinking During An Incident
  • Complex Interagency Night Scenario Simulation
  • Psychological First Aid

W-Upgrade for EMT   (Course Overview)


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