Stephen F. Austin State University

Wilderness First Responder Certification

Provider: Wilderness Medical Associates International
Type of Course: WFR 5-Day Course
Location: SFA Student Recreation Center - Meeting Room
Date: TBD (Check back September 1, 2019)
Cost: $675 if registered before TBD; $699 if registered by TBD
Free Lodging Available
Registration Deadline: TBD
Registration: Click Here to Register

NOTE: This course requires approximately 25 hours of pre-course preparation and all work must be completed prior to the first day of class.


Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in the 5-Day WFR course.


Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. The 5-day format is for individuals and sponsors with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation.

All students must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival on course.

Why Wilderness Medical Associates International?


25 Hours Pre-Course Preparation and 45 Hours On-Site Training

Expected daily hours: 8am - 5pm, with a short break for lunch

Class Format

This course covers the same material and meets the same criteria as our standard Wilderness First Responder. It is designed for students and professionals who have tight schedules and the self-discipline to complete approximately 25 hours of pre-course preparation. Failure to complete prior to start of course, will result in drop from course with no refund.

Students will have access to the WFR Study Guide two to four weeks before the course starts. They are required to complete the assigned reading, case studies, study guide, and tests. The on-site instruction that follows reinforces and expands on the knowledge already acquired. Because students arrive familiar with the didactic material, on-site daytime training can focus on wilderness and rescue scenarios and practical skills. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.

The 5-Day WFR course has been through five years of development and testing. Conscientious preparation, studying, and time prior to the course is essential for success. This is not a short-cut version of our standard course. Established WMA International clients and other groups who are interested in this new format are encouraged to contact us about this offering.


The following learning materials are provided by WMA International at no additional cost to you. These materials will be provided on the first day of the course, unless otherwise indicated:

Completion and Grades

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. WMA International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and Healthcare Provider level CPR certifications. The CPR course is based on the 2010 ILCOR/AHA guidelines. All WMA certifications remain valid for three years.


SFA WFR Refund Policy

Refund process:

Lodging Information

For those traveling into Nacogdoches for this course, the SFA Student Recreation Center is happy to provide accommodations within our facility. We will share a Multi-Purpose room with other course participants. Participants will need to bring bedding (sleeping bags, pads etc.) SFA Staff will be available 24/7 during the stay. Shower facilities are available within the facility. There will also be access to a refrigerator and food storage. Access into the building will end every day of the course at 8pm. If staying in our facility, you can arrive starting at 5pm on Tuesday (TBD). All participants should be packed up by 8am on the last day of the course (TBD), so they may depart following the conclusion of the course.

Information Contact

Steven Whitman
Assistant Director- SFA Outdoor Pursuits