Wilderness First Aid course (WFA)

Presented by the Wilderness Medical Training Center

Sponsored by Puget Sound Outdoors

WFA courses coming up:

  • May 25 - 27, 2014

    This course is full - you can sign up for the waitlist by emailing us at expeditionary@pugetsound.edu or calling us or leaving a message at 253-879-3403.  The Expeditionary is open from 3-7pm M-F until May 7 and then open by appointment only until early June.

About the Course

This is a 3 day, 24 hour WFA course.  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.

  • Sunday May 25 - Tuesday May 27, 2014
  • 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily
  • CPR certification is on Sunday night  May 25 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  This is required and is included in the course fee.
  • Open to the public - registration form
    early registration price is $250 by April 11, 2014 and $300 after.
  • Puget Sound Students, Faculty & Staff - registration form
    early registration cost is $200 by April 11, 2014 and $250 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. Classroom number and location TBA.  You will receive an email with which room you will be in for the course. Follow directions to the EAST side of campus. Driving directions and campus map


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 limited hours.
  • The Diner

    After Commencement Brunch on Sunday, May 18, the servery as we know it, will close for good.  Over the summer, the servery will be completely renovated and will re-open in time for fall semester.  Due to the renovation, conference guests will be served buffet style in Marshall Hall.  The buffet will include hot entrées at breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a salad bar, desserts and beverages.  The campus community is invited to enjoy the buffet at special on-campus pricing of;  Breakfast $6, Lunch $8, Dinner $10.  The Marshall Hall buffet will be open every day that we serve conferences.   On days that we are not serving conferences, the buffet will be closed.  The buffet days and hours of operation will be posted each week at the entrance to Marshall Hall and on the Diner webpage for the following week.    

    The Marshall Hall Buffet (substituting for the Diner) Hours of Operation May 19 – June 1

    Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23, closed

    Saturday, May 24, open for dinner

    Sunday, May 25, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Monday, May 26, open for breakfast

    Tuesday, May 27, through Friday, May 30, closed

    Diversions Café

    Diversions Café will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will offer an expanded a la carte menu to include oatmeal, breakfast burritos, breakfast bagel sandwiches, fresh fruit, fruit parfaits and pastries.  Lunch service will include house made soups, spinach and strawberry salad, Caesar salad, sandwiches, wraps, and snack packs.  We will keep the menu interesting by offering a barbecue and other surprises throughout the summer.   

    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

  • May 25-27 course:
    If you live on campus during the spring semester of 2014 you can request to live on campus during OLE and the WFA course.  You may need move to a different hall or different room on Saturday or Sunday May 17-18.  You will need to move out of campus housing by the end of the course on Tuesday May 27.


Contact - Justin Canny
Assistant Director of Student Activities for Outdoor Programs
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner Street, CMB #1003
Tacoma, WA 98416-1003
w: (253) 879-3510
m: (253) 230-7901
f: (253) 879-2932