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Recreation > Experiential Education > Outdoor Pursuits > Courses > Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder Certification Course

This January we are offering a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification class through the Wilderness Medical Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (WMI of NOLS). WFR is an 80-hour, 10-day intensive course in wilderness medical response. 
Tuition for the WFR course is $710.00

Course dates are January 11- 20, 2016.

Course Information: 
Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will provide you with the tools necessary to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments and anything in between.

No previous first aid training is required.
You must be 16 years old to attend this course.

- The course is offered on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
- Check in is at 7:45 AM on the first day of the course.
- Course days run from 8:00am - 5:00pm and there will be two evening sessions (decided by the instructors).
- Night sessions will occur on Day 3 and 8.
- Day 6 will be a day off.
- Attendance is required for all scheduled classes. Scenarios, and practice sessions will take place both indoors and outdoors.
- Please bring outdoor clothing appropriate for laying on the potentially wet, muddy or snowy, cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. 
- Frequently stage blood (moulage) and make-up will be used to emphasize the reality of a scenario. Please bring clothing that can get messy.

Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR certification. Successful course completion earns you a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification and a WMI Wilderness First Responder certification. EMTs will earn a Wilderness EMT certification.
All certifications are current for two years.

College Credit: 
3-4 semester credits are available from WMI-affiliated colleges and universities. Please see the WMI website for more information.
*This certification course carries no academic credit for Johns Hopkins University.  The credits offered through University of Utah are not transferable to Johns Hopkins University.  Please check with your college or university ahead of time to make sure they will accept these credits for transfer.

Continuing Education Units:
This course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). 

Registration will be conducted through Johns Hopkins University Experiential Education.  Full payment is required to secure your spot on course. Along with your payment please include the following: your full name, date of birth, JHED-ID if a member of the University (i.e. jdoe1), email address, phone number, and mailing address.

Ways to pay:

- Credit card - using JHU Tickets (below - link in blue box). 
- Check - made out to "JHU", sent to our address (below). Please include the above information when mailing payment.
- Cash - visit the Outdoor Pursuits Base Camp in the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University.

Participants are required to fill out a JHU Medical Form, and a JHU Waiver  prior to participating in this course. Please read this document very carefully as it affects your legal rights. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document. Failure to provide a signed document will result in you not being able to participate in the course. WMI participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. Any activities during the free time are not part of the WMI program and are at the sole risk of the participant.

Please mail forms to:                       OR:                        Please e-mail forms to:
Johns Hopkins University                                      
Experiential Education                                                      
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Cancellation & Refund Policy:
If a student cancels or withdraws from a course:

-Greater than or equal to thirty-days prior to the course start date (December 11, 2015), sponsors (WMI and Experiential Education) will retain $200

-Within thirty days of the course start date and once the course has begun, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Other Information:
- You will need: a large day pack with multiple layers, water bottle, waterproof tops and bottoms, sturdy boots, head lamp or flashlight and a watch with a second hand. A 4-hour evening, outdoor mock rescue is part of the curriculum, so please dress accordingly.
- More information on course material can be found at the
WMI website.
- PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE COURSE, unless they are a service animal.  THIS INCLUDES LEASHING THEM OUTSIDE.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Any student bringing pets to class will be asked to leave class until the pet is safely situated in a kennel or other facility. 
- Street Parking and Campus Parking is pay to park.  The closest parking garage is San Martin Parking Garage.
- Lodging is not included



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