Lessons & Training

Wilderness EMT Intensive / EMT Basic / Wilderness Module

Duration: WEMT: 30-Days
EMT-Basic: 23-Days
Wilderness Module: 5-Days

Price Per Person: WEMT: $3,275
EMT-Basic: $2,550
Wilderness Module: $725

September 13-October 9, 2020
February 7-March 5, 2021
June 20-July 16, 2021
September 12-October 8, 2021

Location: Bryson City, NC

This 30-day Wilderness EMT Intensive combines our standard 23-day EMT curriculum and our Wilderness Module. The EMT and wilderness modules are available separately. Instruction includes classroom lectures, real-life scenarios, evening practical skills labs, and 48 hours of clinical rotations at local EMS services and emergency departments. WEMT training prepares students for a career in EMS, the military, law enforcement or expedition guiding.  Students with a current WFR can take the EMT course to obtain a WEMT Certification. Students with a current EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic certification can take the Wilderness Module to obtain the WEMT credential. Following successful completion, students qualify for the National NREMT exam and the NC EMT exam. BLS CPR and Emergency Vehicle Operator Safety (EVOS) driver training are included. Students must be 18+. Download the course itinerary for pre-requisites.

Interested in expanding your EMT Certification to include Wilderness Medicine? Ask us about our one-week Wilderness Module at 828.785.4973.


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Outpost Overview

NOC's 500-acre adventure center is located at the intersection of the Nantahala River and Appalachian Trail. 


Guest amenities include:

  • Outdoor recreation activities including rafting, kayaking, zip lines, and mountain biking
  • Three restaurants, including two on the riverfront
  • Four retail stores, including NOC's flagship Outfitter's Store
  • Rustic cabin and bunkhouse lodging for over 200
  • Terminus for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • One mile of Lake Fontana frontage with lake kayak and SUP program
  • Host to over 30 annual events, from world championships to music festivals


Nantahala Outdoor Center's main campus, the Nantahala River Outpost is located in far Western North Carolina on US Highway 19. 12 miles from Bryson City and on the south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the outpost is nestled in the Nantahala Gorge.

From Asheville, NC: Take I-40 West towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West towards Waynesville. Stay on 74 West, the outpost is 50 miles down this road. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. You will enter the Nantahala Gorge and after 4.3-miles you see the Nantahala River and NOC's Nantahala Outpost.

From Gatlinburg, TN: Take 441 South through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and through Cherokee. Just past Cherokee, get on 74 West. After 15 miles, the road will split into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74 W, the left lane, and continue the 4.3-miles to the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From East Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North. At Gainesville, take 365 North to 441 North. Just past Dillsboro, NC, 441 merges with US 74. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane splits into two 2-lane roads. Stay on 74, the left lane. Continue 4.3-miles and arrive at the NOC Nantahala Outpost.

From West Atlanta: Take I-75 North to I-575 North. I-575 becomes State Hwy 5, and then Hwy 76. Stay on this road until Blue Ridge, GA where you turn left onto Hwy 60 towards Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. Follow it into North Carolina to US 74 East, turning right towards Murphy and Andrews when the road ends. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

From Chattanooga, TN: Take I-75 North towards Cleveland, TN. Take the 1st Cleveland exit, the US 64 Bypass Exit. Go 6-miles and take the Ocoee Exit onto US 64 East towards Murphy, NC. In Murphy, the road number changes to US 74. Stay on 74 East, NOC's Nantahala Outpost is 20-miles past Andrews. You will follow the Nantahala River for the last 8-miles.

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