NOLS Wilderness Medicine


Welcome to the NOLS Wilderness Medicine program.

NOLS and Western State Colorado University have developed a partnership to provide college credit for Wilderness Medicine courses.

Once a student enrolls in a Wilderness Medicine course, credit registration is available through Western Extended Studies. Upon successful completion of the course and assignments due, Recreation and Outdoor Education (ROE) 397 credit is awarded. The amount of credit earned is based upon the length of the course. 

Credit Registration


Effective Friday, April 7, 2017 and beginning with summer term registrations, the available credit earned for the Wilderness First Aid and the Wilderness Medicine for Professional Practitioner courses offered by NOLS Wilderness Medicine has been reduced from 1 credit to .5 credit. The cost of the .5 credit is $60.00. This is a result of a review of Extended Studies courses that are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, Western's accrediting institution. Any registrations that have previously been received for these two courses for summer term and beyond will be processed with the .5 credit and $60.00 pricing.

Additional information for questions concerning summer 2017 courses:

All courses are placed into a Western school term based upon the END DATE of the course. If the end date of your course is after May 10, this is a summer 2017 term course, and you will earn a .5 credit at the new rate of $60.00 per credit hour for the Wilderness First Aid and the Wilderness Medicine for Professional Practitioner courses.

FOR ALL NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSES: If your course ends AFTER May 10, use the 2017-2018 academic year registration packet. Download the 2017-2018 academic year registration packet here.

If your course ends ON or BEFORE May 10, download the 2016-2017 academic year registration packet.
Download the 2016-2017 academic year registration packet here.

Registration Steps:

  1. Download, carefully read, and complete the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Course Credit Registration Packet.
  2. Sign and initial all pages of Sections B and C (required).
  3. Complete and sign Section D (optional). 
  4. Carefully review Payment Instructions (Cash, AmeriCorps, or 529 plan). Make sure Section B is complete.
  5. Return Sections B, C, and D to the Extended Studies Office by email, fax, or mail.
  6. Keep all other information with you in an accessible place for reference. 

​​IMPORTANT:  Registration and payment for credit should be received by our office no later than two weeks before the first day of a course. Incomplete registrations will not be processed. Registrations are processed in the order they are received. If received less than two weeks before the course start date, processing is not guaranteed.  Registration requests to process AmeriCorps or 529 plan funding for Wilderness Medicine tuition and fees must be submitted no later than 30 days before the NOLS payment deadline for course fees. NOTE: If you are paying for your credit cost only, a copy of your paid registration confirmation of your course is required with this registration.

Registration forms and check payments may be mailed to:

Extended Studies
600 N. Adams, Taylor Hall 303
Gunnison, CO 81231

Make checks out to: Western State Colorado University

Registration forms and questions may be sent by email or fax:

Fax: 970.943.7068