EMT + W Hybrid (12-Day) - Michigan
This is a full DOT Emergency Medical Technician Basic program with a WEMT Upgrade course. The training will satisfy eligibility requirements for the National Registry (NREMT), the State of Michigan and Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) WEMT certification. Training will take place daily, Monday through Friday, for 12 days. Friday and Saturday will be reserved for ambulance and emergency room clinical hours which are completed during the students time at our facility. Clinical hours are also accomplished after class during the week. This course requires approximately 70 hours of pre-course instruction which is student led. The 12 day EMT + W Hybrid course is not accelerated or easier than the traditional month-long course, and it is not for everyone. This course was developed adhering to, and in line with the same rigorous standards as WMA's 5 Day Wilderness First Responder Course, which has shown itself to be exceptional. Many students desire the ability to progress in the field of wilderness medicine; however, do not have 4 full weeks to devote to an on-site program. This course was designed to be more convenient and overall less expensive for the self-directed learner. Classes will be limited to 12 participants due to the intensity of the program.
This course is ideal for the previously trained WFR. For years students have asked for a WFR to WEMT bridge course. This course fills that need. Other students who would benefit from this style of course include RN’s who would like to work in a remote pre-hospital environment, previously certified EMT’s who are looking to renew their certification progress in their field, MFR’s who would like to advance, and previously trained military personnel who have had emergency medical training but did not receive a civilian equivalency certification.
The pre-course component consists of approximately 70 hours of instruction using multiple modalities to include but not limited to, an online learning management system, case studies, quizzes, and pre-course reading. Once the students arrive at our facility they will begin a traditional 5 day Wilderness EMT upgrade course and attended both ambulance and emergency room clinical experiences in the evenings. Friday and Saturday will be used for studying as well as clinical time. The last 5 days focus on street medicine and preparing the student to sit for the National Registry EMT basic exam. On most days class will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mornings will begin with quizzes and case presentations from students who had hospital rotations on the previous day. The rest of the morning will be devoted to lectures, and clinical skills. Afternoons are devoted to practical hands-on sessions and videotaped simulations. Expect two to three emergency rescue simulations with made-up victims and stage blood that will be videotaped for enhanced learning. Evenings are reserved for case studies, clinical rotations, and assignments.
Students must be at least eighteen years old to participate in this course. They must provide documentation or record of immunizations against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (known as MMR), Hep B, Tetanus, and a TB Skin Test. WFR certification is strongly recommended. Students must provide a copy of professional liability insurance through a service provider for approximately $50 annually. For more information please visit www.hpso.com
Students must have the ability to complete all course content via the internet prior to arrival, which includes testing. Students will not be able to start the practical portion unless they have achieved an 80% on all pre-course exams and viewed at least 80% of all online content. Documentation of these scores will be kept on file at Northern Cairn.
Students will participate in at least 12 hours of Emergency Room observation. 24 hours of Ambulance rotations will also be required and all clinical time is completed prior to students leaving our site. Proper dress consisting of dark slacks (no jeans), white shirt with collar, and hard-soled, closed toe shoes are required for these rotations which students are required to purchase prior to arrival.
Wilderness medicine texts and materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no additional cost. This includes handouts, a book of lecture handouts, our case study workbook, SOAP notes, our textbook Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, and The Wilderness Medical Associates Field Guide. Separate purchase of the EMT textbook Brady’s Emergency Care 12th edition ISBN 978-0-13-254380-4
Successful completion of the course is based on 100% attendance, course participation, performance during rotations, and satisfactory performance on both written and practical final exams. Passing is based on the cumulative average on the: practical and written exams; satisfactory performance in all experiential activities. Not everyone passes.
All students who successfully complete this course will receive a WEMT certification from Wilderness Medical Associates. This certification remains valid for three years. For information on renewing the wilderness portion of the WEMT certification, please refer to the ‘Recertification Answer Sheet’ from WMA International
Upon successful course completion of the course, students will take the written and practical exams for the state where the student will be licensed or certified. For more information on specific state requirements please visit http://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/emt_cand_state_offices.aspOther State Certification and Licensure
Students wishing to be certified and/or licensed in a state other than where the course is held must contact their state EMS office to apply for reciprocity. Requirements vary from state to state.