Wilderness EMS


About This Program

Combining skills that are required to administer medical aid with the skills needed to preform in a wilderness setting is the basis for Vermilion’s Wilderness EMS certificate. Students will complete a minimum of an EMR certification along with several wilderness skills.

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Degrees & Credits

Certificate (13 Credits)


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Program Features

From top placements to hands-on work, there are many things that make this program unique.
  • Top tier program placement
  • Minnesota POST certified law enforcement training
  • Excellent reputation in the professional community
  • Local, State, and Federal Criminal Justice professionals involved in instruction and training
  • Hands-on opportunities in field activities
  • Community and service project-oriented law enforcement club
  • Work and learning combined in a summer internship
  • Small class sizes that maximize relationship building and long-term agency connections
Student in Wilderness EMS training
Career Opportunities

One Certificate, Several Options

Each EMS certificate is a stand-alone program that can help students obtain a career in emergency medical services. Many professional careers also benefit from having individuals trained in emergency services and look for employees who have completed some level of EMS training. Certificates are designed to prepare you for various emergency medical situations. Some degrees that benefit from an EMS Certificate include Ambulance Service, Search and Rescue Squad Member, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Fireline EMT, First Responder, Emergency Service Specialist, Search and Rescue Specialist, Law Enforcement, Outdoor Leadership, Outdoor Recreation Therapy, Wilderness and Park Management, Sports Management, and Natural Resources Technology – Forestry/Wildlife.


Alyssa Richards

Wilderness and Parks Instructor

Meet Our Alumni

James Kloss

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Minnesota North - Vermilion

I furthered my education after VCC to get my paramedic certification. I was on Morse fall Lake Fire Department/First Responder and worked with the Ely Ambulance. While working up here I responded to local residence calls and calls in the Boundary Waters. I’ve had a lot of outdoor experience and worked at a canoe outfitter in Ely as well. My current employer is the Tri-County Health Care and North Memorial Ambulance, where I work as a Paramedic. The outdoor activities that were offered to students & all of the hands-on learning experience is my favorite Vermilion memory.

Additional Information


The EMS programs are not designed to specifically transfer but instead bolster other program choices. Students will find that individual courses may transfer and apply to future degree choices.