NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI)

Welcome to the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute program.

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

Once a student enrolls in a WMI 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. 


BEGINNING JUNE 1, 2016, ALL REGISTRATIONS FOR FALL 2016 AND FUTURE TERMS WILL BE CHARGED $80.00 PER CREDIT.  NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute is the sole wilderness program to remain at a discounted credit cost through Extended Studies. In addition to offering credit, we will continue to provide financial services through AmeriCorps and 529 plan funds processing for students for WMI courses. ​

Effective for the 2016-2017 academic year, credit registrations for NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses through Western Extended Studies received beginning June 1, 2016, the credit cost will be $80.00 per credit. SUMMER 2016 TERM REGISTRATIONS WILL REMAIN AT THE CURRENT CREDIT COST. If you have already sent your registration to us for the fall term, you will not be billed the increased cost, but your cost will remain at the current cost. If we receive your registration for the fall term BEFORE June 1, 2016, you will not be billed the increased cost.

Additional information for questions concerning summer 2016 courses: Your WMI course is placed into a Western school term based upon the END DATE of your course. If the end date of your course is August 22 or later, this is a fall 2016 term course, and you will be billed the new rate of $80.00 per credit hour.

Remember! If we have already received your registration, or receive it before June 1, 2016, you will not be assessed new charges.

The 2016-2017 registration packets will be available for download June 1, 2016. After this date, new registrations using the 2015-2016 packet will only be honored for Summer 2016 registrations.


Download Registration Packet for Summer 2016 Registrations:  WMI Credit Registration Packet 2015-2016.pdf


Download Registration Packet for Fall 2016-Summer 2017 Registrations:  


  1. Download, carefully read, and complete the WMI Course Credit Registration Packet (Word fillable or .pdf version above)
  2. Sign and initial all areas in Sections B and C (required).
  3. Complete and sign Section D (optional). 
  4. Carefully review Payment Instructions (Cash, AmeriCorps, or 529 Plan). Make sure this section 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 received less than five business days before the first day of a course are not guaranteed to be processed​. 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 payment may be sent to:

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

Make checks out to: Western State Colorado University

Phone: 970.943.2885
Fax: 970.943.7068

Western Extended Studies credit cost and fees are subject to change.