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    Wilderness First Responder Course 

    Jan 3 -9

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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 prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. This course is fast-paced and engaging. You'll spend half your time outside of the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios. WMA's curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound and risk management, splinting, bandaging, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and administering medications. You'll complete this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. The intensive 70-hour curriculum is nationally recognized and supported by such organizations as Outward Bound, The National Park Service, and the FBI. You'll be taught by dynamic educators who have practiced both wilderness and urban medicine. This 7-day course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. Adult CPR certification is included. 

    COST: On or before Monday. Dec. 1, 2014

    UW-L Student:  $630

    General Public: $655

    After Monday, December 1, 2014

    UW-L Student:  $655

    General Public: $680


    All non UW-L participants will need to create a new user account on the UW-L Rec Sports web portal.  Once on our site...

    A note about online registration

    1) Select the "sign in" link located on the upper right hand corner of the page

    2) Select "sign up"
    3) Complete customer information
    4) Select the courses button
    5) Add course to your shopping cart




    LOCATION: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Campus (Recreational Eagle Center), La Crosse, WI

    Students must be at least sixteen years old to participate in the standard WFR course. Those under 18 years of age will require written consent of a parent or guardian. No previous medical training is required. 

    All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates'® Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certification. These certifications remain valid for three years. This certification can be used to challenge the DOT First Responder Exam, which is at the discretion of the local or state EMS authorities.

    Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. Winter in Wisconsin can be very cold with wind chills well below 0 degrees at times. Bring plenty of layers. You will also need a pen or pencil and a notebook.

    A deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve a space in the course. Tuition balance is due the first day of the course. Payments may be made with Visa/MasterCard or cash. The tuition fee covers textbooks, syllabus, equipment and certifications. A full refund will be given if we are forced to cancel the course for any reason.


    If a student cancels or withdraws from a course:

    • Greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course starting date, sponsor will retain a $35.00 administrative fee.
    • Within 29 days of the course start date and once the course has begun, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

    Check in is at 7:45 AM on the first day of the course. Course days run approximately from 8:00am - 6:00pm. The format for this 70-hour WFR is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios, skills practice sessions, case studies, role-playing and simulated rescues. Attendance is required for all scheduled classes. Scenarios, and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Please bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on the potentially wet, muddy or snowy, cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. Frequently stage (moulage) blood and make-up will be used to emphasize the reality of a scenario. Generally the classroom environment lends itself to a pair of comfy shoes/slipper and a crazy creek-type chair.

    The course will take place at the Recreational Eagle Center on the UW-La Crosse campus.

    Directions to UW-L:

    From Interstate I-90, Exit 3, Exit 4 and Exit 5 all lead to the UW-La Crosse campus, but only the closest exit is listed below for each direction. Exit 3 travels along the scenic Great River Road and is the main route to Historic Downtown La Crosse.

    Exit 4 is a direct route south linking Hwy. 53 from the north with Hwy. 16. Exit 5 is the most easterly route into the City of La Crosse via Hwy. 16. From the West (I-90): Exit Interstate I-90 at Exit 3 onto US 53 South. Drive 3.9 miles and turn left on La Crosse Street; continue for 1.1 miles and turn right on East Avenue to Campus. 

    From the North (Hwy. 53): If traveling south on Highway 53 (go over I-90 at Exit 4). Follow Highway 157 to Highway 16. Turn right on Highway 16. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus. 

    From the East (I-90): Travelers heading west to La Crosse on Interstate I-90 exit at Onalaska-La Crosse Highway 16 (Exit 5). Turn left onto Highway 16. Drive 4.8 miles and right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.

    From the South: Highway 14, 61, and 35 enter the city on the south. Follow the green "UW-La Crosse" signs north on Losey Boulevard to Highway 16 (3.0 miles). Turn left on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.

    The Recreational Eagle Center is located parallel to La Crosse St across from the cemetery. It is a large brick building with a green roof. There are 2 parking lots immediately in front of the building.


    Free lodging is available in the Recreational Eagle Center. Parking passes will be available to purchase on line via the parking offices "Click to Pay" service, in the near future.  Free street parking is very limited, located some distance from the facility, and alternate side parking for snow removal is enforce so vehicles will need to be moved daily.

    If staying at the Recreational Eagle Center please bring the following items:

    • Sleeping Bag
    • Sleeping Pad or air mattress
    • Eating Utensils (bowl, spoon,etc)
    • Food and snacks
    • Personal Items (towels, soap, shampoo, etc)

    *Limited refrigerator space and a microwave are available. 

    PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE COURSE. 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.


    Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 11:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. Central Time. 
    Phone: 608.785.8860
    FAX: 608-785-5224 
    Wilderness Medical Associates:

    Need more info?

    Contact AJ Heil, Graduate Assistant