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Dominican Republic WFR & Medical Spanish 


This course covers all topics needed to earn the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certificate and includes case studies, patient assessment drills and a final medical emergency simulation. Mornings will be devoted to lectures and afternoons will be devoted to practical hands-on sessions and rescue simulations. Instructors will use made-up victims, stage blood and video taping as means for enhanced learning.

The course also provide students with specific medical Spanish vocabulary and terminology that will help them communicate with and assist with the treatment of Latino patients with limited English proficiency. Due to the fast paced nature of this course, students must have prior conversational proficiency in Spanish. The course will include specific vocabulary groups relating to assessment and care of patients, vocabulary to establish rapport, and discussions leading to cultural competencies. Students will be able to ask questions and provide answers in common medical situations in Spanish, conduct patient interviews, write medical histories, and learn how to conduct physical exams in Spanish. The students will be practicing their skills by working in small groups with each other and with fluent Spanish speakers.

“The whole trip was awesome! I now have a WFR certificate which allows me to jump into new adventures! ” — Guillermo Luque, Madrid, Spain


  • Demonstrate competency in patient assessment, handling emergencies and utilizing basic life support
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform CPR, control hemorrhaging, properly assess and stabilize an injured spine
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries, reduce simple dislocations, cleanse and dress wounds, and manage environmental emergencies
  • Determine the nature and extent of illness or injury, measure pulse rates and blood pressure, assess respiratory status
  • Establish priority for emergency care and render appropriate care to competency level
  • Assess and assist in the extrication of a patient from an entrapment
  • Assist in evacuating patient to an ambulance or medical facility and use accepted emergency medical techniques, procedures, and devices.
  • Report nature and extent of illness or injury to ambulance personnel or receiving facility via radio, establish on-line medical control as needed, continually reassess patient during evacuation and provides care as needed
  • Work in extreme environmental conditions and various terrains
  • Gain a medical Spanish vocabulary in order enabling students to inquire about patient complaints, complete a review of the systems, obtain pertinent personal and family antecedents and work with a medical professional to formulate a treatment plan


  • Infection control
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Patient assessment system
  • Circulatory, respiratory, nervous systems
  • Fractures, dislocations, splints
  • Spine injuries
  • Wounds, burns
  • Principles of trauma
  • Emergency childbirth
  • Lifting, moving, extrication
  • Toxins, bites & stings
  • Hypothermia, frostbite & cold injury
  • Hyperthermia & heat illness
  • Search and rescue
  • Lightning
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Backcountry medicine
  • Legal issues


  • Case studies
  • Real-life senarios

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At a Glance

Community Service & Academics
  • 35 Hours
  • 3 Credits
Contact Hours
  • 82 Hours
College Credit
  • 3 health science Credits
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