Advanced Wilderness Life Support® (AWLS)
Advanced Wilderness Life Support® (AWLS)
We are pleased to offer Advanced Wilderness Life Support® classes for those in the health professions. This class is the gold standard in the foundation of knowledge and skills to perform critical medical assessments and treatment plans in remote locations. Learn and train via a unique combination of lectures and practical skills providing hands-on live scenarios focusing on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and evacuation.
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Earn 20.5 hours of CME credits & WMS FAWM credits
Earn AWLS® certification
This three-day course is an intensive, hands-on primer taught by CU School of Medicine faculty. AWLS® is appropriate for any licensed medical professional or medical professional in training who has an interest in wilderness activities (MD, PhD, PA, NP, RN, Paramedic, EMT). This includes specialized medical professionals who may not see emergency care or general practice responsibilities on a day-to-day basis (ie: podiatrist, OBGYN). Our graduates include outdoor enthusiasts, expedition participants, US Army and other military medical personnel, wilderness medicine academicians, and Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship candidates.
Study Emergency Protocols Including
- Altitude Illnesses
- Bites & Envenomation
- High Velocity Injuries
- Spine Stabilization
- Moving Injured Patients
- Hyperthermia & Hypothermia
- Patient Assessments
- Wound Management
- Splinting & Dislocations
- Litters & Carries
- Dive Medicine
- Mountain Medicine
- Water Disinfection
- Medical Kits
- Other Common Wilderness Medical Issues
You have the option to register and reserve a spot in the class with a non-refundable $100 USD partial payment. Please note that refunds are NOT granted for partial payments. The remaining balance will automatically be charged to your credit card 30 days prior to the start of the class. If payment is not received 30 days prior to the start of class, you will be charged a $50 late fee and will eventually be dropped from the course without refund. If you register for a class fewer than 30 days prior to its start date, you are expected to pay in full on the day of registration. If you have any questions or concerns please contact course coordinator, Breanna McKercher, at Breanna.McKercher@UCDenver.edu or at +1.303.724.0127.
The University of Colorado reserves the right to make international cancellations up to 6 weeks and domestic cancellations up to 4 weeks prior to the course start date, in which case a full refund will be provided. The University of Colorado will not be held liable for any travel expenses or any other loss of funds the participants may incur due to the cancellation of the course. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. If you are taking an international course we recommend that you do not book your flight until 6 weeks before the course and if you are taking a domestic course do not book until 4 weeks before the course begins.
Refunds of FULL PAYMENTS, minus a 15% administrative fee, will be granted 60 days or more prior to start of the program.
Between 30 and 59 days prior to the start of the program, a 50% refund of the full payment will be granted.
No refunds will be granted for cancellations made 29 days or fewer prior to the start of the program. Please note that partial payments and deposits are not eligible for refunds.
Participants are allowed to transfer to a different course 45 days or more prior to the start of the original registered course. There is a one-time transfer fee of $50. No transfers will be granted 44 days or fewer prior to the start of the original registered course. Only one transfer is allowed per registration and absolutely no refunds will be granted after the transfer. Participants will not be granted any refund if the course transferred to has a lower cost than the original course registered for. If the course transferred to has a higher cost, the participant is liable to pay the remaining balance.
Full payment is expected 30 days prior to the start of the course. Lack of full payment within 30 days of course’s start date will result in $100 late fee and possible dropping from the course without refund.
Student Code of Conduct
Students will be required to read, sign, and follow a Code of Conduct that includes both rights and responsibilities. The code will describe learning and especially behavioral expectations, which will be similar to codes expected at most higher education institutions. The code will also describe consequences if there is failure to abide by the rules, which could include immediate suspension from the program, in which case the student will be responsible for leaving the class and property, with no refund provided.
Voluntary, involuntary, or medical separation
Should a student choose to leave the class early, be asked to leave the program early (see “Code of Conduct” below), or need to leave due to medical issues, s/he will be responsible for her/his own travel home and for any associated costs.
Rights and Responsibilities: Student Code of Conduct
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Wilderness & Emergency Medicine Program
Students in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Wilderness program are members of the University community. As such, students are expected to uphold University standards, which include abiding by international, state, civil, and criminal laws and all University laws, policies and standards of conduct. These standards assist in promoting a safe and welcoming community; therefore all students and participants must uphold and abide by them.
The University strives to make the learning community a place of study, work, recreation, and residence where people are treated, and treat one another, with respect and courtesy. The University views the Student Conduct Process as a learning experience that can result in growth and personal understanding of one’s responsibilities and privileges within both the University community and the greater community. Students who violate these standards may be subject to the actions described in the University’s Student Code of Conduct. These procedures are designed to provide a welcoming learning community and fairness to all who are involved in the process.
Philosophy of Student Conduct: We strive to learn from one another in an educational environment that holds mutual respect for individuals and self-responsibility for behaviors community in high regard. Students who engage in behavior that conflicts with established standards, laws, policies, and guidelines may be dismissed from the program. Every member of the student community must assume responsibility for becoming educated about the various University standards, policies, and guidelines.
Diversity Statement: We are committed to a campus community where diversity is appreciated and valued, and where all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. We encourage curiosity, open communication, and continuous learning as ways to create a socially just environment. We respect the right for individuals to disagree with ideas and philosophies different from their own. However, we do not permit any form of behavior that places anyone in dangerous, discriminatory, or harassing environments. It is against the basic nature of this community for anyone to demean or discriminate against another human being.
Creating a Safe Learning Environment: We strive to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment and community. Such a caring, educational community does not tolerate physical or psychological threats, abuse, hazing, harassment, intimidation, or violence directed against a person, sexual or otherwise. In addition, students engaging in such behavior are subject to the University conduct processes.
Alcohol and Drugs: Students in a University of Colorado School of Medicine global education program must abide by host country laws and local institutional regulations with respect to alcohol and drugs. Unless permitted by host country law and local institutional regulations, participants will not possess, consume, furnish, or distribute any alcoholic beverages. The University of Colorado School of Medicine has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to the possession, use, manufacture, production, sale, exchange, or distribution of illegal drugs. Students are responsible for knowing and obeying the laws of the host country as well as all local institutional regulations, regarding alcohol and other drugs. Violations of law or policy may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
University Policies: Students are required to abide by University of Colorado School of Medicine/Anschutz Medical Campus policies, including CU Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Code of Conduct, while enrolled in the program. For the Code of Conduct please see http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/standards/Documents/CUDenver-CodeofConduct.pdf
Host Country Customs: Students are responsible for abiding by the laws and customs of the host country, community, institution and program. In addition they are responsible for being sensitive to the social norms of the host culture. Students are also subjected to the disciplinary codes and processes of the host institution.
Dismissal: If a student seriously disrupts the group learning process, or if student’s behavior gives the faculty or program director reasonable cause to believe that continued presence in the program poses a danger to the health or safety of persons or property, or impedes, disrupts or obstructs the program in any way, the student will face immediate dismissal. Alcohol, drug, or weapons-related violations, harassment, or assault are so seriously problematic that dismissal is highly likely. Before a student is removed from the program, she or he will have an opportunity to explain her or his conduct to the faculty or program director(s). A decision of dismissal from the program would be final, immediate, and no refund would be made. Transportation and other expenses related to the student’s return home country would be at the student’s own expense.
Health: Students are responsible for their own health maintenance during the program. In the event of serious illness, accident or emergency, students are responsible for informing an appropriate program official and for granting permission to authorize emergency medical treatment so that assistance may be secured and so that designated emergency contact(s) may be notified. Students authorize U.S. Embassies and Consulates to release information concerning their welfare and whereabouts to the University of Colorado.