Wilderness First Aid

Personal Enrichment Course

Accidents happen. Nature can be an unforgiving place, even if you’re just out hiking for the day. People get hurt, sick, and lost. If the temperature drops, the wind picks up, and your friend is injured. Would you know what to do? When bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning the basic skills in this course, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one and maybe even save a life.

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) focuses on the basic skills of response and assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies, survival skills, soft tissue injuries, and other medical emergencies. Held over two days, the 16-hour WFA course consists of eight hours of self-paced online learning, and one in-person practical day in the classroom. This course is perfect for weekend warriors who bike, climb, or camp in the natural environment.

Please note: this course covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and official CPR certification is available for an additional fee.

  • Outdoor enthusiasts who want a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups.
  • Response and assessment
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Soft tissue and other medical emergencies

You are awarded your certification up on the following criteria:

  • You complete all the coursework
  • Pass any physical skills assessments
  • Pass a written assessment at the conclusion of the course