Which Schools Offer Wilderness First Responder Training in Phoenix?

Learn about wilderness first responder training programs in Phoenix. Get information about available programs and their requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

For students interested in wilderness training, the Phoenix, AZ, area offers several courses at private and public institutions. Here you can learn about the different wilderness training options.

What You Need to Know

Wilderness training is available through individual courses that range from a few days to several weeks. Re-certification courses are also available.

Wilderness Training in the Phoenix Area

Wilderness Medicine Institute - Phoenix

The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) offers hands-on wilderness training for first responders - as well as those who travel and work outdoors - in the Phoenix area. Training is typically held in a commercial store. You can earn the wilderness part of your re-certification for WMI's wilderness advanced first aid, wilderness first responder, and wilderness EMT credentials. The program covers assessing and caring for victims of illness or injury, on-scene decision making, and basic first aid skills; CPR is not included. In some instances, you may be able to earn continuing education units.

  • Program: Wilderness first aid course
  • Program Length: 2-3 days
  • Cost: Set by a course sponsor
  • Prerequisites: Minimum age 16
  • School Type: Private, nonprofit

Prescott College

Prescott College - about 80 miles from Phoenix - offers this training and refresher program for experienced wilderness first responders and wilderness medicine practitioners. If you are a certified wilderness first responder or wilderness EMT, you may be able to earn re-certification for the wilderness portion of your credential through this program. The scenario-based course concentrates on emergency evacuation and decision making skills.

  • Program: Wilderness first responder re-certification course
  • Program Length: Three days
  • Tuition and Fees: $27,503 per year (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 848 students (464 undergraduate)

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is located close to the Grand Canyon and about 125 miles away from Phoenix. The curriculum of the wilderness first responder course adheres to Wilderness Medical Society standards and includes treatment of those who experience sickness or traumatic injury while in the field. You'll participate in classroom and hands-on training and a nighttime exercise in the field. The wilderness first responder course is offered four times a year; you can choose to take the course part-time over seven weeks or during an intensive nine days. You can also earn three units of credit at Northern Arizona University for completing the first responder course. The school also offers wilderness first aid and wilderness first responder refresher courses and a program that includes a San Juan River rafting trip.

  • Program: Wilderness first responder course
  • Program Length: Nine days or seven weeks, and 2-day field weekend
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,358/year for state residents, $23,348/year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 27,705 students (23,328 undergraduate)

Students near Phoenix, AZ, can choose from a wilderness first aid course or wilderness first responder courses at the Wilderness Medicine Institute, Prescott College, or Northern Arizona University that range in length from two days to seven weeks.

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