AS 256 - Wilderness First Responder 


This course is a comprehensive and in depth look at the standards and skills dealing with backcountry emergency care. The Patient Assessment System is the foundation from which we learn the skills to manage injuries and illness. Classroom sessions include lecture, discussion, and practicing basic skills and more advanced skills, such as traction splinting, blood pressure, long-term care, and spinal cord considerations. Outdoor sessions include scenarios and a mock rescue. Leadership skills, rescue skills, and writing accurate field reports are included. Successful completion results in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification through S.O.L.O., a Laboratory Fee of $100 covers the cost of the textbook, first aid materials, and the registration fee with S.O.L.O. 

Wilderness First Responder Syllabus 

Spring 2013              

Instructor:  Allison Van Akkeren,

Teaching Assistants:  Amasa Fiske-White & Geoffrey Fehrs

Required TextWilderness First Responder from SOLO, Wilderness First Responder, 3rd edition, Buck Tilton NOLS

Format: Discuss topics, demonstrate skills, engage in practical scenarios, review scenarios performances,

Course Outcome:  Participants will be able to; Recognize, treat and document common wilderness injuries and illness according to WFR protocols and guidelines.  Be able to pass the requirements for receiving SOLO WFR certification.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

This course is an 80 hour course at SOLO.  We will be meeting for 20 3-hour session plus the mock rescue and two final exam sessions.  Many of our class session may go overtime to be sure we cover the material appropriately.  Since this is a college level course it is essential that you read the material BEFORE class so class time can emphasize practicing treatment and new skills.  You are also expected to practice and study the material covered outside of class time.  You will take an active part in this class by taking turns being responsible for the First Aid training closet.  Your homework assignments will also count as time for this course.  These assignments must be completed satisfactorily and you must attend all classes to obtain your SOLO certification. SOLO certification are handled on an individual basis.  A passing grade for the course does not guarantee WFR certification (see criteria for certification p.131 in SOLO book).

Lab Fee:  There will be a lab fee for this class of $100, based on a charge from SOLO, the cost of your SOLO book and certification is included in this fee.    


Grading Criteria                              date due         % of Grade

Body Systems Quizzes                              2/14                 5%

Acronyms/Primary                                  2/21                 5%

CPR Quiz                                                 2/18                 5%

Head-to-toe (pt exam practical)           2/25                 5%

Soft Tissues/Shock Quiz                        3/04                 5%

SOAP                                                       3/07                2.5%

Musculoskeletal/pine Quiz                     3/18                 5%

Mid-term Practical exam                        3/25                7.5%  

Mid-term Written Exam                         3/25                7.5%

Environmental Emergencies Quiz          4/8                   5%                  

Medical Emergencies                              4/15                 5%

Final Practical Exam                              5/1-2                10%

Final Written Exam                               5/1-2                10%                

Rescue Review Paper & SOAP note      4/29                 7.5%               

Professionalism                                                                15%


Take home quizzes are due the date listed. No late quizzes accepted.  You can correct your quiz for ½ credit given for each corrected point.

Professionalism includes:

  • in class and on-time, having done reading ahead
  • being dress for the weather
  • participation appropriately                                      
  • First Aid closet prep
  • prepared with proper equipment/class materials     
  • attendance at all classes
I have planned this course to try to meet a variety of learning styles.  I look forward to your feedback on what works and does not work for you.  If you have a learning problem or documented disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Sterling College Learning Disabilities Support Person within the first week of this course. Leland can help you determine what accommodations you will need for this course.  We would like to work with you so that you can best learn in this class.