About Our Wilderness First Aid Certification Course
In response to the global pandemic, The Human Path has moved elements of our popular wilderness medicine training into an interactive remote format.
Students will receive an emergency first aid kit that contains trauma first aid gear to complete hands-on training in the ‘practical skills’ portion of the course, all done at home.
The 24-hour WFA course will also include downloadable video modules that step through wilderness medicine foundation skills for remote and post-disaster response. Each section will have progress quizzes and a hands-on skills exercise and assessment.
At the end of the course, there will be a final live skills review and test. Students can choose from scheduled times to show mastery of wilderness first aid skills in a private session with an instructor before taking the final certification exam online. Certification will be issued to students who show competency in those skills and pass the training exam with 80% or higher. Certification is issued through Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), and lasts 2 years from the date of successful passing of the course.
Wilderness first aid certification is provided by ECSI, which is created, endorsed and underwritten by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
A national ECSI certification card is issued to qualified students and is valid for 2 years.
Books included: Wilderness First Aid Textbook (eBook)
Materials included: Basic first aid kit to complete the bandaging and splinting exercises are shipped to students
The WFA consists of approximately 24 hours of lectures, demonstrations, live Q & A, homework and testing.
Primary topics that are covered in the WFA include:
- Understanding Wilderness First Aid Legal boundaries and guidelines
- Medical Terminology and Concepts
- Scene Safety and Evaluation
- Patient Consciousness
- Primary Survey – Understanding Airway, Breathing and Circulation Management
- Protecting the Cervical Spine and C-Collar Concepts in WFA
- Introduction to Shock
- Basic Wound Management in the Field
- Vital Signs, Pulse Locations and CSM checks
- Patient Positioning and moving
- Secondary Survey Introduction – Head, Neck, Thorax, Abdomen, Back, Extremities
- Bandaging, Splinting and Taping I
- Environmental Injuries I
Students will need:
A web-cam to record proficiency of each skill
A computer with internet connection to watch videos and take assessment quizzes
Additional Options (add ons/can be taken separately):
Re-Certification Course. Our WFA certification lasts 2 years from the date of successful completion of the course. To maintain the certification, students must re-certify before that time expires.The Re-Certification course can be done remotely, showing competency and skills review to get a renewal card from ECSI andThe Human Path School.
Herbal First Aid Course: Using plant medicine in the field is our trademark and our specialty. Add an additional 8 hours of training to your certification by learning about and showing proficiency using herbs in the field. Learn the essentials of first aid care while also introducing fundamental plant-medicine concepts that apply to austere or post-disaster environments.
**This module will include a small ‘Herbal Field Kit’ with materials students will use to demonstrate understanding of preparations in remote environments.
Herbal First Aid subjects include:
- Fundamental herbal care concepts
- The necessary shift in thinking
- Wound Care and Infection Management using herbs
- Injury, shock, pain and herbs
- Respiratory herbal first response
- Gastrointestinal herbal first response
- Urinary herbal first response
- Planning, preparing and administering herbs
Our Wilderness First Responder is now available as a hybrid course. This involves three phases that must be passed in order. Phase 1 can be taken by itself for students who only wish to complete a standard WFA certification. Phase 1 + Phase 2 can be taken in order for students who only wish to complete an advanced WFA certification:
Step1 remote – Standard Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFR Prerequisite)
Step 2 remote – Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFR Part 1)
Step 3 ON-SITE (in person) – Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR Part 2)