We introduced hybrid courses to wilderness medicine education ten years ago. Building on this foundation and taking advantage of new technology, we continue to lead hybrid course development within the industry today. Each of our traditional wilderness medicine courses has a hybrid option. Similar to our standard WAFA course, the hybrid WAFA course is designed to deliver practical, yet in-depth knowledge of wilderness expedition medicine. With the lecture material learned at home, and reinforced by the testing done prior to the practical session, students can focus on applying the knowledge gained through simulations, skill labs, and case study reviews during the practical session, making the most of the time spent away from home or work.
Online format allows students to study anywhere there is a high-speed internet connection
Dedicated websites and online testing allow students to complete the home study portion of the course at their own pace
Case studies help reinforce learning & orient students to using a patient "SOAP note"
Content tests help orient students to the testing format while highlighting areas that need more review
Applicationtests are scenario based and correspond to the major Mechanisms of Injury or Illness (MOI)—Trauma, Environmental & Medical—taught in all courses
Test questions and case studies are progressive, based on real events, and help students transition to the scenarios in the practical session and, after the course, to real life
The practical session is facilitated by expert instructors who clarify the home study information, teach field-tested assessment & treatment skills, and offer individual feedback (Students will not have access to an instructor during the home study or testing portion of the course, unless they fail an Application test after the allotted attempts. A senior instructor will then be assigned to provide detailed feedback and an opportunity to continue testing.)
Our hybrid WAFA is ideal for those interested in wilderness medicine who are self-directed, enjoy learning on their own, and need or want more time to master the material...but are not interested our longer, more in depth Wilderness First Responder course.
WMTC Wilderness Advanced First Aid (valid for 3 years)
WMTC Adult & Child Wilderness CPR (valid for 3 years)
WMTC Epinephrine Certification (valid for 3 years)
Estimated time to complete pre-course study: 15-30+ hours Estimated time to complete online testing: 5-10+ hours Number of required online tests: 1 Content test, 1-2 Application tests Length of on-site practical session: 3 days/30 hours
Our Standard WAFA Course We also offer a full 5-day standard WAFA where lecture, skill labs, and simulations are taught on location at sites throughout the United States and beyond; unlike our hybrid WAFA, there is no pre-course work.