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 Course Title:   Wilderness EMT

 Title Abbreviation:   WILDERNESS EMT

 Department:    FIRE

 Course #:    246

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3.5

 CIP:    430203

 EPC:    828

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

For EMTs who need to acquire wilderness emergency medical skills and knowledge to be certified as Wilderness EMTs. Learn to provide patient care using improvised equipment.


Prerequisite: FIRE 242 or EMT-B certification.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Prepare a backpack that includes the equipment and supplies needed to manage medical emergencies in the wilderness.
  2. Manage bleeding, wounds, shock, burns, and bone and joint injuries in the wilderness.
  3. Provide care for head, eye, face, dental, chest, abdominal, and spinal injuries in the wilderness.
  4. Provide care for environmental emergencies including heat illnesses, cold-related injuries and illnesses, altitude illnesses, animal and plant injuries, and lightning strikes.
  5. Improvise litters to transport ill and injured patients in the wilderness.
  6. Purify water and manage hygiene problems in the wilderness.
  7. Use plants from the local area to treat injuries and illnesses.
  8. Manage simulated medical emergencies in the wilderness.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

Course Contents

  1. Preparing for Wilderness Medical Emergencies.
  2. Soft and Hard Tissue Injury Management.
  3. Spinal Injury Management and Patient Transport Techniques.
  4. Environmental Emergencies.
  5. Wilderness Medical Emergencies.
  6. Water Purification, Wilderness Hygiene and Nutrition.
  7. Herbal First Aid.
  8. Accident and Illness Simulations.