The Wilderness Medicine concentration in Emergency Medical Care is the newest degree track offered to students pursuing the Bachelor's degree in prehospital medicine at Western Carolina University. 

  The five course core curriculum is designed to cover basic and advanced interventions employed in wilderness or limited resource environments. The courses progress from introductory, basic EMT skills to advanced life support topics and therapies. In addition to medical response topics, we cover pre-participation screening, expedition planning, land navigation, and rescue techniques.

This is an ideal course of study to prepare the student for a career as a paramedic, expedition medical officer, relief medic, or medical officer catering to the adventure sports community. 

The courses are delivered online, with a capstone clinical practicum offered at the end of the series. This practicum will be held in Western North Carolina, offering an intensive, immersion experience that employs all the skills taught in the preceding lectures.