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The OEC Course and Challenge

A sequenced, competency-based education program that prepares candidate patrollers and other outdoor rescuers without previous first aid or EMT training to handle the emergency care problems encountered in the nonurban setting. The knowledge and skills learned are oriented toward the wilderness environment, with special emphasis on ski and snowboard injuries, high-altitude and cold-weather illness, wilderness extrications, and the special equipment needed for emergency care and transportation in the outdoor environment. Students are required to participate in comprehensive lessons with skill and scenario application, complete various workbook exercises, take a final written exam, and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in final scenarios. Challenge students and course students are required to demonstrate all the skill performances and complete the same final written exam and practical scenario evaluation.

Prerequisites: None
Current license in medicine (MD, DO, nurse, or physician assistant); any level of EMT or paramedic in accordance with US DOT curriculum; previous OEC certification, provided the expired OEC certification date has not exceeded three years; or other certifications as approved by the national education director, based upon and after submission and review of appropriate curriculum materials.
Course Time Commitment: To master the objectives, a candidate typically needs to devote 80 to 100 hours of class and study time to the course.
Challenge Time Commitment: Total class hours vary with the candidate’s emergency care background, specialty, and experience
Fees (course or challenge): Member—$60; Associate/Affiliate—$80; Non-member—$300; Division—$10; Local—varies
Credentials: NSP Certificate of Achievement; OEC card (valid for three years)
Continuing Education/Refresher Requirement: Annual OEC refresher consisting of 1/3 of the total curriculum (skill competency is verified by instructor of record)
Instructor of Record: OEC Instructor
Required Texts:
  • Outdoor Emergency Care 5th Edition -- "Login to member services, click on OEC 5th Edition Book cover to order Book."
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