Colorado State Pueblo - Outdoor Pursuits

Wilderness First Responder Course

Location Pueblo, CO
Event Date(s) Dec 8, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
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Event Description


The Wilderness First Responder course is essential if you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable. It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers. Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions. During this fast-paced, engaging course, you will spend half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios, including a full-scale night mock rescue.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine’s nationally recognized curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, selective spine immobilization, reducing dislocations, litter packaging, and epinephrine administration. Dynamic educators who have practiced medicine in both wilderness and urban environments will teach you skills and protocols to step forward in an emergency, and you will finish the intensive 80-hour course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days.

Upon successful course completion you will earn the following NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Adult and Child CPR & Airway Management, and Epinephrine Auto-injector.

December 8th - 17th
CSU-Pueblo Student (Tuition Only): $650
CSU-Pueblo SRC Member / Alumni / Staff / Faculty (Tuition Only): $700
Community (Tuition Only): $750

A deposit of $300 is required to reserve your spot on the course. The balance of tuition is due two weeks prior to the first day of the course.

A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason.

LOCATION: Colorado State University – Pueblo – 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001  |  LARC 108 Building – Library Academic Resource Center

SPONSORS: Colorado State University - Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits and NOLS Wilderness Medicine

CLASS FORMAT AND PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS: Check in is at 7:45 a.m. on the first day of the course. Course days run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with two additional evening sessions. Ten-day courses will include a day off; nine-day courses do not. 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 make-up are used to enhance the realism of a scenario. The classroom environment generally lends itself to a pair of indoor comfy shoes and a camp chair. A 4-hour evening, outdoor mock rescue is part of the curriculum; dress accordingly.

INCLUDED: The tuition fee includes instruction, textbooks, equipment use, certification, and continuing education credits.


  • Notebook and pencil or pen
  • Watch with second hand or digital second
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • 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)


NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE STUDENT AGREEMENT: Please download this agreement and read it very carefully as it affects your legal rights:

Bring the two-page signed document to the first day of the course. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document. Without a signed document, you cannot participate in the course.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. Any activities during the free time are not part of the NOLS Wilderness Medicine program and are at the sole risk of the participant.


Sponsors are not obligated to adopt NOLS Wilderness Medicine cancellation and refund policy unless NOLS Wilderness Medicine is taking your registration.

  • Cancellations - If you cancel or withdraws from a course:
    • Greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course start date, NOLS Wilderness Medicine will retain a $35.00 administrative fee. The remainder of tuition collected to date will be refunded.
    • Within 30 days of the course start date, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable as per the following:
      • WFA, WFR-R, WMPP – loss of full tuition.
      • WFR, WAFA, WUMP – loss of course deposit.
    • Once the course begins, no refunds will be awarded. All course registrations are non-transferable.
  • Pets: Pets are not allowed at the course site. This includes leashing them outside. Any student bringing a pet to class will be asked to leave until the pet is safely situated in a kennel or other facility. No exceptions.
  • Alcohol and Tobacco: No alcohol or tobacco is allowed on site.


  • EMT Continuing Education: NOLS Wilderness Medicine is proud to be a Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) accredited organization. Current EMTs are eligible to receive 70 CEU hours at no additional cost for participation in a Wilderness First Responder course.
    Please bring a photocopy of your current EMT card(s) with you to your course. Also, ensure that CAPCE CEUs will be accepted by your State EMS organization.
  • Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM): Through joint sponsorship with the Wilderness Medical Society active members of WMS may earn up to 55 hours at no additional cost for participation in the Wilderness First Responder course. Learn more about WMS here:


  • Pre-Course Access to College Credit: The WFR course is pre-approved for three semester hour credits through Western State Colorado University (WSCU) for an additional cost of $240. Thirty days prior to the NOLS Wilderness Medicine course, interested students must initiate registration and payment for credit by requesting an enrollment form for WSCU from NOLS Wilderness Medicine.
  • On-Course Access to College Credit: The WFR course is pre-approved for three semester hour credits through the University of Utah for an additional cost of $300. If you are interested in receiving college credit, please inquire with your instructors on the first day of class for the necessary information.


  • Meals and Lodging: Meals and lodging are not offered for this course. Below are some lodging options:
  • Travel: The course classroom will be in the Library Academic Resource Center (LARC 108).  See the following map for location.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.