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Get your wilderness first aid AND CPR certification while learning about how to set up an emergency clinic, in this winter scenario-driven 5-day course.

Learn life-saving first aid skills that can help you when there is no higher care … in a post-disaster situation, if you’re the only person available when someone gets injured, or if you want to help out at an emergency herbal clinic set up in a time of natural disaster…

You will leave with a CPR certification as well as a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid certification issued by ECSI in addition to two textbooks, and optional access to an online post-disaster herbal medicine course.  There are 40 hours of on-site training and an additional (optional) 8-week course as an add-on option.

First Aid Skills Taught in the 5-Day Winter Wilderness First Aid Certification

  • Primary and secondary survey
  • Extrication – Field expedient methods for moving a victim, basic knot/lashing concepts
  • Diagnosing and treating a wide variety of trauma and life-threatening situations
  • Splinting & bandaging plus ankle and knee stabilization for walking
  • High altitude injuries, heat and cold injuries
  • Disease and infection
  • Snake and insect bites & stings
  • Shock
  • Head injuries
  • Water purification & fluid replacement
  • First Responder planning, building first aid kits and more
  • Water rescue, extrication & evacuation
  • Immersion & submersion injuries and incidents
  • Basic rope & knot work for water 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
Hands-on training and practice is emphasized very strongly throughout this 5-day intensive.
The certification testing for ECSI is both hands-on (done as teams) and a written test.
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 which is valid for 2 years.
Prerequisites: none.

Location: Lafayette, CO at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism campus.

LODGING: students are responsible for their own accommodations during this course.
This tuition for this course includes two books:
  • “Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations” 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett Press
  • “The Herbal Medic” Practical use of herbs for home, remote or post-disaster environments, by Sam Coffman

Please be aware of our cancellation/transfer policy. There are no refunds or transfers for this course.