Wilderness First Aid course (WFA)

Presented by the Wilderness Medical Training Center

Sponsored by Puget Sound Outdoors

WFA courses coming up:

February 14-15, 2015 - Course Information, Syllabus and Registration

This is a 2 day, with a distance learning component.  This will include about 8 hours of online homework and about 2-4 hours to successfully pass the online test prior to being admitted to the course.  If you do not pass the test you will not be admitted into the class.  You will be in class for 16-18 hours and will receive credit for 24 hours of class.

Most WFA courses are two day courses. By doing so you will become more confident in your skills through additional scenarios and skills are added including how to clear a spinal injury. There will also be additional topics and scenarios not covered in a 2 day course.  These topics include allergies, toxins, anaphylaxis, and spine management.

  • Saturday and Sunday February 14-15, 2015
  • 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily
  • Wilderness CPR certification is on Saturday night  February 14 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  This is required and the $15 cost is included in the course fee
  • Open to the public - registration form
    early registration price is $250 by Friday December 5 and $300 after.
  • Puget Sound Students, Faculty & Staff - registration form
    early registration cost is $215 by  Friday December 5 and $260 after.
  • WFR Re-certification - this course can be used to re-certify a WFR course:
    *To use the course as a WFR Re-certification course - $25 is added to the cost and you will take the re-certification test online after the course before your new card is received.
  • The course takes place on the Puget Sound campus in Tacoma. The class will be in Thompson Hall room 193.  You will receive an email with which room you will be in for the course. Follow directions to the WEST side of campus. Driving directions and campus map
  • Registration form and information:
    • On-campus - You can register at the Expeditionary on campus with check, cash or credit card.
    • By Mail - you can register by mailing the form and a check for payment.


Please review the syllabus and course information prior to the course.

Necessary Personal Equipment

  • Notebook for taking notes (bigger is better—no mini notebooks!)
  • Pens and pencils (having colors—at least red, blue, green, and black—will help)
  • Watch that can tell seconds
  • Water bottle, lunch, snacks
  • Clothes, rain pants and jacket, and footwear appropriate for outside activity (they will get wet and dirty—not the best place for your nicest outdoor gear!)
  • An extra pair of shoes/slippers to wear indoors
  • Simulation Clothing which can be cut to access wounds or cut off.
    These are required and will get cut up - clothing should fit and have no holes:
    • one long sleeved shirt, buttons are ok
    • one pair of long pants
    • two shirts without buttons
    • WOMEN MUST bring and wear a jog bra & shorts or a one-piece swimming suit under your clothing for simulations; they will NOT be cut.
    • MEN MUST bring and wear a pair of shorts or swimsuit under your simulation clothes; they will not be cut.


  • Food will not be provided as a part of the course. The student center and cafe on campus will be open during regular hours.

Course Locations

  • The course takes place on the Puget Sound campus with scenarios on campus.

    The indoor portion of class will be in Howarth Hall room 212.  This is building #17 on the campus map.  You can park in any campus parkinglot or on the street without a permit.  Avoid parking in Jones Circle in front of Howarth Hall.  Here is the campus map and follow driving directions to the East side of campus.  

Housing for Community Members

Housing for Puget Sound Students during the May course

  • May course:
    If you live on campus during the spring semester of 2015 you can request to live on campus during OLE and the WFA course.  You may need move to a different hall or different room .  You will need to move out of campus housing by the end of the course on Tuesday May 26, 2015.


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