The Advanced Wilderness Life Support course balances didactic lectures with hands-on instruction to most effectively train students in managing medical situations in austere environments.

The Objectives of AWLS include:

Topics include:

  • Animal, Insect, Arthropod, Marine Bites & Stings
  • Avalanche
  • Dive Medicine
  • Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, Skin
  • High Altitude Related Problems
  • Hyperthermia
  • Hypothermia & Frostbite
  • Infectious Disease
  • Lightning
  • Medical kits
  • Medical Problems
  • Moving an Injured Patient
  • Patient Assessment
  • Patient Packaging & Evacuation
  • Submersion Injuries
  • Water Disinfection & Purification
  • Wound & Musculoskeletal Injuries Management

Approximately half of the course time is spent in small groups participating in hands on teaching sessions and mock victim scenarios. AWLS is approved for up to 20.5 hours of AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits through the Wilderness Medical Society.  Some courses may be approved for additional hours.  Please see the Conference Guide for specific courses for further details on continuing education credits, which may be particular to the course location.

AWLS Certification Requirements

  • Attendance at the AWLS course lectures
  • Completion of the AWLS hands-on teaching sessions
  • Completion of the hands-on proficiency scenarios
  • Demonstration of competency through written examination

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