Wilderness First-Aid Course

Wilderness First-Aid Course

Event Details

Date: July 27 - July 28, 2019

Times: 7:45 a.m. check-in Saturday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Location: Froiland Science Complex, Room 116

Ticket Info: $275, tuition only


A two-day introductory course offered at Augustana University July 27-28 covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors. The course is sponsored by Augustana and NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at camps or lead wilderness trips, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you. You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, how to manage environmental emergencies, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. You will spend half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine's course is approved by such organizations as the American Camp Association, the United States Coast Guard, and other state as well as federal agencies. Upon successful course completion you will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: Wilderness First Aid, Epinephrine Auto-injector, and on courses with the CPR module, Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management.

Class Format and Personal Preparedness

Check-in is 7:45 a.m. on the first day. Course days run from 8a.m. to 5 p.m.

The class format is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios, case studies, and skills practice sessions. Attendance is required at all classes. Scenarios  and practice  sessions  will  take place both  inside  and outside. Bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, snowy, or cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient.

Frequently stage (moulage) blood and makeup are used to enhance the realism of a scenario. The classroom environment generally lends itself to a pair of comfy shoes and a camp chair.

Packing Checklist

  • Notebook and pencil or pen
  • Watch with second hand or digital second
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • Water bottle
  • Light day pack
  • Waterproof outerwear top and bottom
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Clothing layers that allow you to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions
  • Slippers or comfortable shoes for classroom time (optional)
  • Camp chair for classroom time (optional)

Course Outline

For the full course outline, visit the WFA course page.

Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?" Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine.