BHSU to hold two wilderness medicine courses

Author: Rachel Ireland/Thursday, January 16, 2014/Categories: 2014

Black Hills State University in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School&rsquos Wilderness Medical Institute is hosting two wilderness medical courses this spring.

The first is a three-day Wilderness First Responder Recertification course to be held Feb. 15-17 at BHSU. This is a scenario-based course to review evacuation and decision-making guidelines. The course also includes Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) adult and child CPR and airway management certification. To qualify for this course, students must possess a current, valid Wilderness First Responder certification of at least 70 hours.

The Wilderness First Responder course is nine days and will be held March 8-16 at BHSU. This course, essential for anyone who spends a significant time in remote outdoor places, will prepare students to make difficult medical decisions. During the fast-paced, intensive class, students will spend half the time outside of the classroom in realistic scenarios including a full-scale, night mock rescue. The nationally recognized National Outdoor Leadership School WMI curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, straightening angulated fractures and administering medications. WMI adult and child CPR and airway management certification is included in this course.

"We serve students, National Park Service and Forest Service employees, ski resort employees, and avid recreationists," said Chris McCart, assistant professor of outdoor education. "It&rsquos a wonderful example of the University meeting a community need."

For more information or to register for one of the courses contact McCart at or (605) 642-6027.

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