Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

(24 days/140 hours)

This 140 hour course exceeds standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for EMT curriculum. It prepares students for careers as emergency responders. You’ll learn the fundamentals of ambulance based response and practice extensive hands-on scenarios over 24 days. The course prepares you for the written and practical examinations in the national registry test.

While it does not incorporate the wilderness components and protocols, the majority of skills learned also apply for backcountry rescuers.

COURSE LOCATION Alaska, Pacific Northwest & Utah

IWLS EMT INSTRUCTORS are state certified and bring a wealth of knowledge from a minimum of 5 years as a medical practitioner and extensive instructional experience. They present scenarios you are likely to encounter in an urban setting, and prepare you to handle emergencies efficiently, safely and professionally. They understand the realities of managing emergencies in diverse locations.

While some time is spent in a classroom, the course utilizes a scenario-based, hands-on, practical approach to the curriculum. Once you’ve learned the tools for assessment, treatment, and transport in a backcountry setting, you’ll practice numerous scenarios incorporating problem solving, teamwork, communications and client care.

CERTIFICATIONS Upon completion of the 24-day course, participants may qualify for the following certifications:

Emergency Medical Technician
International Wilderness Leadership School & State Certification

BLS for the Healthcare Provider
American Red Cross

CPR for the Professional Rescuer
American Heart Association


DATES & PRICES Please see our schedule for current dates and price information.