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Semester in Wilderness Medicine

February 1, 2015 - February 26, 2015

  • Class Description:
    The Wilderness Medicine Semester is a unique program designed for people with an interest in wilderness and travel medicine and their associated industry-leading certifications. It provides students with the training and credentials to live and work in the most challenging environments in the world. With one month in the tropics of Costa Rica and a second in the mountains of Montana, Aerie’s Wilderness Medicine Semester is a 15-credit intensive program designed to give students the most valuable, well-rounded training in wilderness medicine, outdoor survival and risk management. At the center of the semester is Aerie’s Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) class. Integrated with the WEMT, the semester includes in-depth training in swiftwater rescue, avalanche rescue, Search and Rescue, tropical survival, alternative medicine and winter survival.Students will learn human anatomy and physiology at the University of Montana cadaver lab. They will have instruction from local, traditional healers from the small village where they will live in Costa Rica. Optional evening instruction will include Spanish immersion and homestays with local families. Students will participate in an overnight survival exercise and orienteering training, taught by members of the Costa Rican endurance team, and then travel to Montana where they will be trained in winter survival and Search and Rescue from experts in mountain medicine.Certifications: Successful students will receive certifications in

    •    Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
    •    National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
    •    State of Montana Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
    •    Rescue III International Swiftwater Rescue Technician
    •    American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR
    •    Level 1 Avalanche

    Additional Training:

    •    Vehicle Extrication with Missoula City Fire Department
    •    Helicopter rescue with LifeFlight in Missoula
    •    Search and Rescue Training with Missoula County Search and Rescue
    •    Program and outdoor risk management
    •    Human anatomy and physiology at the University of Montana cadaver lab
    •    Organizing and offering community health clinics

  • Language class is taught in: English
  • Cost/Accommodations: Email for cost [email protected]
    All room and board is covered while in Mastatal and Montana.

  — Food Options:  Unknown email [email protected]

  • Locations:
    Students will live in two of the most beautiful locations possible. The first month in Costa Rica will primarily be held at Rancho Mastatal, a sustainable-living organic farm and education center located eight miles from the Pacific Coast. Class in Mastatal will focus on wilderness and travel medicine, traditional healing, local flora and fauna, and survival in a tropical environment. They will participate as EMT students in a free health clinic that Aerie offers to residents of Mastatal. They will then travel together to Missoula, taking a night there to meet at the cadaver lab and review anatomy and physiology. The following day, students will travel to the Northwest Connections facility in the Swan Valley, located between the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountain Wilderness areas and just South of Glacier National Park. In the Swan, students will be in a mountainous, winter environment and we will complete the WEMT curriculum, focusing on altitude, hypothermia, avalanche rescue, winter survival and Search and Rescue.


February 1, 2015
February 26, 2015
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Rancho Mastatal
Costa Rica
506 2200-0920
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Tim O’Hara
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