Is there a registration deadline for public courses?
There is no set registration deadline for most courses, with the exception of our Remote EMT course. While the maximum number of spaces available in a class can vary, we will always guarantee a workable student to instructor ratio. To ensure a spot, we recommend that you register at least one month or more prior to a course start date. If courses fill up, we can place you on our waitlist or contact you if a spot opens up.
What are my course payment options?
You may pay for courses by calling our office directly at 1-800-597-4911 or by securely registering for the course online with a credit card. If you choose to pay online, course tuition must be paid in full. By calling our office, you have the option of paying for the course in installments, taking into consideration the deposit and balance due date.
To secure a spot in a course, you will be required to submit a deposit in the following amounts:
- REMT, H-REMT, H-AEMT: $500
- WFR, H-WFR, RMUR, or RMAP: $200
- WFA or WFC: Please note that full payment is due at time of registration
If a deposit is made, the tuition balance is due in full thirty days prior to the course start date. Students registering for a course thirty days or less from the course start date are required to pay the tuition in full at the time of registration.
Can I use financial aid on a course?
At this time, we do not offer any direct scholarships or tuition assistance. Remote Medical International is fully licensed as a Washington State private vocational school. As we are not a Title IV authorized institution, we are unable to accept AmeriCorps Education Awards and the FAFSA application. Students interested in receiving tuition assistance will need to individually seek out sources for scholarship funding.
For fire departments interested in our public courses, we do accept FEMA/Homeland training grants.
Can I use GI Bill benefits to pay for my course?
Remote Medical International accepts GI Bill benefits for our Remote Emergency Medical Technician (REMT) course only.
According to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), both Montgomery and Post 9/11 benefits are eligible to be applied towards your tuition costs associated with the REMT. Please note that this amount does not cover the full cost of the program, which includes food and lodging.
Depending on your benefits, either a percentage of your tuition or the entire sum will be covered. Full payment of any remaining balance for tuition, as well as the cost of food and lodging, is due 30 days before the course begins. Regardless of the type of GI benefits applied, all students using GI benefits should:
- Expect to pay a $500 deposit at registration to hold a guaranteed spot in the course. Veterans are responsible for a minimum of $1,620.54, which must be paid in full 30 days before class begins. The $500 deposit is applied to the total amount due.
- Once RMI receives a student’s Letter of Eligibility, SSN, and proof of their 22-1995 submission we will certify their enrollment with the VA. Students are responsible for covering the cost of the course. Full payment is due to RMI thirty days before the start of course. The VA will issue tuition payment to RMI before the start of course and will reimburse for lodging costs directly to the student at the end of each month based on days at course.
- Ensure that full payment to RMI is received thirty days prior to the course start date. Students whose VA benefits have not been received by RMI by the thirty-day mark can defer to a later course if they prefer to wait for VA payment. Applicable payments will be reimbursed to the student once VA payment is received.
Post 9/11: Students who have never applied for Benefits before need to submit a 22-1990 to the VA, and send us their Letter of Eligibility (LOE) once they receive it. (LOE must have the Muskogee Office listed, otherwise students must submit a 22-1995).
Students who have already used their benefits need to submit a 22-1995 to the VA to notify them of their intention to take a course with us, and submit a copy of their 22-1995 to RMI as proof of completion.
Montgomery (Chapter 30): This is based on monthly percentage of student eligibility and paid directly to students. Students MUST submit a LOE with Muskogee Office details and are responsible for paying the full tuition balance to RMI before the start of course. Montgomery benefits generally do not cover the full cost of course to students.
I signed up for a course, but I need to cancel. What are my options?
RMI’s course cancellation policy is as follows:
- Thirty or more days prior to the course start date: The student may receive a gift certificate for the full course cost valid for twelve months or a full refund.
- Twenty-four hours to thirty days prior to the course start date: The student may receive a gift certificate for the full course cost valid for twelve months or a refund less a $100 (WFR, REMT, RMUR, RMAP) or $50 (WFA, WFC) cancellation fee.
- On or after the course start date: In accordance with Washington State regulations, if a student cancels the course once it has begun, he/she is eligible to receive a partial refund based on the percentage of course time they attend as outlined below:
- < 10%: the school may keep up to 10% of the course cost
- 10% – 25%: the school may keep up to 25% of the course cost
- 25-50%: the school may keep up to 50% of the course cost
- > 50%: the school may keep up to 100% of the course cost
Please note that any deposit or tuition may be transferred to another course, as long as the original course has not started.
Am I qualified for the course I want to take?
- Wilderness First Aid (WFA) students must be 18+ years old or 16+ with parent/guardian approval.
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and H-WFR students must be 18+ years old or 16+ with parent/guardian approval.
- Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFC) students must be 18+ years old or 16+ with parent/guardian approval and have a current WFR certification.
- Remote EMT (REMT) and H-REMT students must:
- Be 18+ years old
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Be able to lift up to 250 pounds with assistance
- REMT students are also required to complete within six months of the course start date
- A tuberculosis (TB) skin test
- 2 Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccines or provide proof of immunity
- 2 Varicella vaccines or provide proof of immunity
- We also recommend that students receive:
- The Hepatitis B vaccine
- Flu immunization for current flu season (September to March) or, in case of declination, wear mask when flu is active in the community
- Hybrid Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (H-AEMT) students must meet all the requirements of a REMT and hold a current EMT certification.
- Remote Medicine Upgrade and Recertification™ (RMUR) students must be 18+ years old and hold a current EMT certification.
- Remote Medicine for the Advanced Provider™ (RMAP) students must be 18+ years old and be a current Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider.
What medical certifications are available via RMI trainings?
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): CPR for the Healthcare Provider certification is valid for two years. This certification can be obtained through our WFR, H-WFR, WFC, REMT & RMUR courses.
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR): RMI WFR certification is valid for two years from the date of your exam. There is a one-year grace period where you may recertify after your card expires.
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR): The EMR certification from the National Registry of EMTs is valid for 2 years and is a nationally recognized certification. This certification is obtained through our H-WFR courses in Michigan only.
- Remote EMT (REMT): RMI REMT certification is valid for two years from the date of your exam.
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): The EMT certification from the National Registry of EMTs is valid for two years and is a nationally recognized certification. This certification is obtained through our Remote EMT course.
- Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT): The AEMT certification from the National Registry of EMTs is valid for 3 years and is a nationally recognized certification. This certification is obtained through our H-AEMT course.
- Medical Care Person in Charge (MCPIC): RMI MCPIC certification is valid for five years and provides students with the skills and documentation to work aboard commercial vessels as a medical care provider. Approved by the US Coast Guard, the MCPIC certification includes advanced skills like I.V. therapy, suturing, Foley catheterization, tropical illness, health and hygiene, and other skills critical to providing care in remote settings. This certification can be obtained through our REMT & RMUR courses.
What is the difference between a Remote EMT (REMT) and a Wilderness EMT (WEMT)?
The REMT meets and exceeds wilderness medical standards by covering all WEMT curriculum while also incorporating select higher-level capabilities. From the Medical Care Person in Charge (MCPIC) certification to live telemedicine interfacing with our Global Coordination Center, our students learn skills that surpass the scope of our competitor’s certifications. In 2014, RMI changed the name of its EMT course from WEMT to REMT in order to better encompass the course’s wide variety of applications.
While the REMT is certainly ideal for those operating in wilderness areas, the name change was largely a result of our alumni showing us just how applicable the REMT is to a wide variety of settings. In any given course, we train military special forces operators, medical leads on maritime vessels, safety professionals from the energy industry, professional guides, National Park and Forest Service employees, humanitarian workers, individual adventurers, and corporate executive protection team members.
To say that all of our students utilize their EMT in a “wilderness” setting as it is understood around the world is no longer comprehensive. Our REMT course attracts a diverse range of medical professionals because our curriculum has always gone above and beyond WEMT qualifications. A REMT certification reflects the unique advantage granted to the professional who holds it.
My job and/or profession requires a WEMT certification. Will the REMT meet this requirement?
Yes. As discussed above, the REMT meets and exceeds all qualifications of a WEMT. If your employer requires a WEMT certification, we will issue you a WEMT and REMT certification upon course completion.
How do international students register for the NREMT exam?
In registering with the NREMT, you will find that a US Social Security number is needed to complete the registration process. As you will not have one of these, you are required to contact the NREMT (phone works best) and let them know that you are a non-US citizen who will be completing a NREMT EMT training course in Washington State with Remote Medical International.
The NREMT will assign you a 9-digit identification number to use in place of the Social Security number. Also, please make your travel plans according to the timeline described for completing the NREMT cognitive examination. If you need to travel immediately following the course, we will make every effort to help you schedule your cognitive exam as soon as possible following the conclusion of the course. Please speak with your course instructors early on if this will be the case.
Can I be certified as an EMT in another state after taking your Remote EMT course?
Please note that our Remote EMT courses are approved by the regulating agencies of the state they are taught within and the National Registry of EMTs for initial certification. If you plan on using your EMT certification to work in a state other than the state you are completing your course in, please check with that state agency prior to registering so you are sure that the course will be accepted. The majority of states in the US accepts the NREMT certification or has a simple reciprocity process in order to qualify. To find the contact information for your state agency, please visit the NREMT website.
Remote Medical International offers reciprocity with other remote and wilderness medical training companies. You can recertify with us if you took your original course from another organization upon pre-approval. Individuals who have been certified by another organization will receive a certification card from RMI upon successful completion of a recertification course.
- Wilderness First Aid Recertification: Students must retake the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course to recertify.
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification: Wilderness First Responder certifications are valid for two years following completion of the course. Students with a two-year certification term from RMI or another company have a one-year grace period to recertify. During the grace period, students are not considered valid providers. Students with a three year certification must recertify by the end of their certification term and do not have a grace period. We do not allow WFRs to recertify by taking a WFA course. Below are the various options:
- Recertify with RMI. Our three-day Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFC) course refreshes WFR and CPR certifications.
- Recertify with another organization. If you recertify with another organization, RMI will re-issue your card at for a $25 administrative fee. The student will be required to provide a course completion document as well as their previous RMI certification.
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Recertification: To recertify your National Registry EMT, students must:
- Take a 24-hour refresher course
- Complete 48-hours of continuing education
- Possess a current CPR certification
- Have a six-month affiliation with an organization providing care at an EMT level
These requirements (excluding affiliation) can be met by taking RMI’s Remote Medicine Upgrade & Recertification (RMUR) course. Individual states may have different or additional requirements for recertification. Please visit the NREMT website to find contact information for your State EMS Office and contact them for recertification requirements specific to your state.
If I have a current REMT certification and want to refresh the Remote component, what course should I take?
To recertify the Remote (R) component of your REMT, students can take the Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFC) course. Please note that this course will not recertify the EMT component of your REMT but may be used as continuing education hours towards the EMT recertification in many cases.
CPR Recertification: Students must retake CPR for the Healthcare Provider to recertify. RMI does not offer stand-alone CPR courses. However, CPR is included in our Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Remote EMT (REMT), WFR Recertification, and Remote Medicine Upgrade and Recertification (RMUR) courses.
For courses in Washington State, how do I get from the Seattle Airport (SEA-TAC) to my course?
Remote Medical International offers an optional shuttle service for students enrolled in our residential courses (REMT, RMAP, and RMUR) in Washington State, that can be added to your cart during the online checkout process.
- The shuttle operates between the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and both of our course facilities at either the Tierra Learning Center or the North Cascades Institute.
- The cost of the shuttle is $100 each way. Should you book a shuttle determine that you no longer need to use it, you will need to cancel 48 hours prior to each trip in order to be refunded for the cost of either leg. Please contact us at (206) 686-4878 for more information or to cancel your shuttle.
- Students will receive a shuttle information email 5-7 days before the course begins. The shuttle will leave the airport at 5:00 pm the day before the course begins. Your plane needs to arrive in Seattle the day before the course begins, no later than 4:00 pm.
- We recommend you either take a red-eye flight the last night of the course or stay in a hotel at the airport and fly out the following morning.
All other courses, including courses in Alanson, Michigan, require students to organize their own transportation to and from the course.