The Mountaineering First Aid course is designed to teach the first-aider how to apply first aid skills in the wilderness, perform advanced patient assessment, improvise equipment and cope with wilderness-specific conditions. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Emphasis is placed on long term patient care management and specific injury evaluation.

Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

Timeline

MFA is a 30-hr scenario-based course. This course consists of five evening evening lectures & mock scenarios and two-day weekend practicum at the Mazama Lodge. A written exam and scenario-based exam will be provided and students must pass with a minimum grade of 80% to graduate.

All evening lectures and weekend practicum is required to graduate from this course. Make-up sessions will not be made available to students that cannot attend. You must reapply for the next available course. Please apply only if you can make the necessary commitment.

Location

MFA Lectures: Mazamas Mountaineering Center (MMC) in the Holman Auditorium at 527 SE 43rd Ave, Portland, OR 97215 The Mazamas offers free on-site parking and is wheelchair accessible. We encourage you to bring a pad for your knees as the classroom has hardwood floors.

MFA Field Session: Mazama Lodge
Learning takes place both inside the lodge and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

Course Topics Include:

Patient Assessment System
Documentation
Medical Legal
Spinal Cord Injuries
Long-term Patient Care
Chest Injuries
Shock
Head Injuries
Wilderness Wound Management
Fracture Management
Cold Injuries
Heat Illness
Altitude Illness
Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
Abdominal Emergencies
Bites, Stings and Poisoning
Allergies and Anaphylaxis
Lightning
Common Wilderness Medical Problems
Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits

Gear List

Paper, Pen
Insolite Pad (full body; required for patient assessment)
Knee pad (classroom has hardwood floors (optional))
Backpack with appropriate gear

Class Policies

  • We reserve the right to change class locations if necessary due to weather or or other circumstance; no refunds will be offered due to location changes as long as the class is held. 
  • Please note cancellation policy before applying; if the course is cancelled you will receive a full refund.
  • Classes with low enrollment may be cancelled. If a class is cancelled we will notify you promptly.
  • This class is only available to enrolled students. No auditing is allowed.
  • Pets are not allowed.

 

 

Course Details

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When is the MFA Course held?

We offer the MFA class two times a year, typically in October and February. 

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Time Commitment/Duration

Moderate—MFA is an moderate time commitment, with five 3-hour lectures and one full weekend practical session. The total course is 30 hours.

Low—MFA takes please over a 3–4 week period.

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Tuition

For 2018–19 the tuition is $190 members/$245 nonmembers.

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Skills Taught

Patient Assessment System
Documentation
Medical Legal
Spinal Cord Injuries
Long-term Patient Care
Chest Injuries
Shock
Head Injuries
Wilderness Wound Management
Fracture Management
Cold Injuries
Heat Illness
Altitude Illness
Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
Abdominal Emergencies
Bites, Stings and Poisoning
Allergies and Anaphylaxis
Lightning
Common Wilderness Medical Problems
Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits

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Prerequisites

You must be 18 years old

Ability and desire to commit to the entire course schedule

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Application Process

Enrolling in this class involves an application process. After the application period is over, the course committee will select students and notify you if you have been accepted. This selection process usually takes one to two weeks.

Class size is limited. Acceptance priority for Mountaineering First Aid is as follows:

  • Climb leaders and Climb Leadership Development candidates
  • Intermediate Climbing School (ICS) students
  • Other Mazamas activity leaders
  • General interest, in order of date application is received
  • Disclaimer: classes generally fill up fast. You may be placed onto a waitlist if the class is full.
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Required Equipment

Paper, Pen
Insolite Pad (full body; required for patient assessment)
Knee pad (classroom has hardwood floors (optional))
Backpack with appropriate gear

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Required Text

Mountaineering First Aid: A Guide to Accident Response and First Aid Care (5th Edition) 
The textbook is included as part of a general registration for MFA registration, but is NOT included in the re-certification tuition. Books will be handed out at lecture.

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Length of MFA Certification

An MFA certification is valid and current for 3 years. 

After three years, you have a one year grace period where you still qualify for recertification. After the grace period ends (4 years after you take MFA or recertify) you will need to re-take the full MFA course to become certified again.

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Locations

Lectures occur at the Mazama Mountaineering Center, Holman Auditorium at 527 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland, Ore.

The MFA Weekend typically occurs at Mazama Lodge near Government Camp (location may change due to unpredictable weather).

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Refund Policy

Cancellations received at least 14 days in advance of the class may request a refund less a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Cancellations received less than 14 days and greater than 7 in advance of class may request a 50% refund.

Cancellations received less than 7 days in advance, no shows, or withdrawals after the class begins will not be issued a refund.

Cancellations due to medical issues will be considered on a case by case basis and will require a doctor’s notification to be considered.

 

MFA Recert Course

The MFA Recert Course is intended for Mazama leaders who need to recertify their first aid credential. Applicants must be current in their MFA certification or a WFR certification, or within their one year grace period.