Wilderness First Aid (Summer Session)

Current Status
Not Enrolled
Get Started
This is an online course and you do not have to be at our physical campus to take the course. It can be done from any place with an internet connection.

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

International Shipping: There are additional costs involved with shipping course materials outside of the US. If you are located outside of the US, please contact us upon registration so we can help you with shipping arrangements. We offer shipping within Canada and Mexico only. (APO and AE addresses are not eligible.) International students are responsible for the expense of shipping their own course materials. If you are not eligible for international shipping services, please contact us for assistance with a materials list to source your materials locally.


Sam Coffman and Suchil Coffman

Schedule A Call

Thank you for your interest in Herbal Medics Academy! Kindly fill out this form to schedule a call with an HMA team member.

We hate spam as much as you do and promise to keep your email address safe. By opting in, you agree to being sent correspondence by the HMA team.