In addition to passing the wilderness EMT training, candidates must meet specific qualifications to obtain the certification. The applicant must be at least 18 years prior to the course; 16 - and 17-year-old applicants may apply if they have a letter of permission from a legal guardian
In addition, the applicant must be able to communicate effectively across a radio, help to balance a 300-pound individual. Calculate medications based on body weight and document all relevant information in the prescribed form
Further qualificationsAdditional Qualifications for wilderness EMT certification eligibility include the ability to interview people around; perform specific physical and diagnostic skills, such as determining blood pressure and lung sounds; and can withstand extreme environmental conditions. If a potential wilderness EMT does not meet all of the qualifications required for completion of wilderness training, certification will not be issued. Instead, the applicant will receive a letter of successful completion.
Courses designed for wilderness EMT certification focus on emergency care when 911 is not an option. In addition, applicants will learn medical equipment improvisation and long-term care.
Certification students will complete 10 hours of ambulance and emergency room observation rotations, and is trained in trauma, intravenous therapy, endotracheal intubation, backcountry medicine, environmental medicine, toxins, and many other acute medical techniques required to extend the life of a patient until he can safely transported to an emergency trauma facility.
Completion certificationSuccessfully completing a Wilderness EMT course, an applicant must have 100 percent attendance and course attendance, satisfactory performance during rotations, and satisfactory score on written and practical final exam. After completing this course, the Wilderness Medical Association issue a wemt certificate, which is also recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Course length varies depending on who is sponsoring the course. From 2010 to wilderness EMT certification courses completed in as little as two weeks, or may require a one-month regimen. In general, most wilderness certification courses require 110-180 hours of training to complete.
In addition, wilderness EMT certification can not be completed online because of the necessary practical training and rotational assignments.