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Course Syllabus

​​​​​​Course Designator

RPL 400 AA or 600AC​

Course Description

Emergency medical training for wilderness and remote settings



Course Goals

Certify educators and leaders in emergency medical training for wilderness and remote settings

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in assessing a patient, handling emergencies and utilizing Basic Life Support equipment and procedures.
  2.  Demonstrate the ability to perform CPR, control hemorrhaging, properly assess and stabilize an injured spine, manage fractures and other muscular-skeletal injuries, reduce simple dislocations, cleanse and dress wounds, and manage environmental emergencies.
  3.  Demonstrate the ability to determine the nature and extent of illness or injury, take pulse and blood pressure, assess respiratory status, observe changes in skin color, searches for medical alert identification, establish priority for emergency care, and render appropriate care to competency level.
  4.  Demonstrate the ability to extricate a patient from an entrapment, using accepted rescue and medical techniques, procedures and devices, and assist in evacuating a patient to an ambulance or medical facility.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to report the nature and extent of illness or injury to ambulance personnel or a receiving facility via radio and continually reassess a patient during evacuation and provide care as needed.
  6. Describe the three major critical body systems which include the respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems.
  7. Identify and describe medical legal laws in relation to wilderness first responder responsibilities.
  8. Describe the six wilderness protocols that are specific to a wildness context. These protocols include; Wound care, administering epinephrine for anaphylaxis and asthma, removing impaled objects, reducing simple dislocations, and spine management.

Required Materials/Textbook

Clausing, WEMT-P (current ed).
Wilderness Medicine Case Study Workbook. (current ed)
Wilderness Medical Associates, USA. Johnson, MD, Isaac, PA-C, (current ed).
Wilderness and rescue medicine; A practical guide for the basic and advanced practitioner. Wilderness Medical Associates, USA.
Wilderness Medicine Lecture Notes. Wilderness Medical Associates, USA.

Special Requirements

Participants must have the ability to assist in lifting a patient weighing up to 300 lbs, and be able to perform all tasks related to the highest quality patient care.

General Methodology to be Used

Lecture, Participation, Hands on practical experience, Demonstrations, Emergency simulations


Final Examination (80% pass requirement)
Quizzes (4)
Technical Skills 
Primary rescuer evaluation 
Attendance (100% mandatory for certification)

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria Percentage
Final Examination (80% pass requirement)  50%
4 Quizzes 15%
Technical Skills 25%
Primary rescuer evaluation 10%
Approved district designed professional development courses may not substitute for regularl​y designated courses in degree programs unless determined by the respective department.

Syllabus Prepa​red by

Name: Robert Schumacker
Date: 9/16/2013

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