Health Sciences - Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor Leadership

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We offer an innovative, fully accredited degree designed to prepare professionals for careers in the outdoor adventure industry.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider learning and playing with us…

Our program combines theory and practical skills so that you’ll be ready to work in the outdoor field upon completion of our courses. You’ll get experience organizing backpacking expeditions, guiding boats on several mountain rivers, facilitating low and high ropes course initiatives, assessing emergency medical situations and teaching Leave No Trace ethics all in our beautiful backyard…..the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Outdoor Leadership program has more than 6 industry standard certifications built into the curriculum.  We offer the following certifications at a reasonable cost which are rolled into the college curriculum: Wilderness First Responder, Whitewater Rescue Technician, CPR, Raft Guide, ACCT Challenge Course Facilitator Levels 1 & 2, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor, Leave No Trace Trainer.

Our program is fully articulated into the B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management at Western Carolina University, located just a few miles down the road. Transferring to WCU allows you to stay where you live, work and play to advance your degree possibilities.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Outdoor Leadership
Certificate in Outdoor Leadership
Certificate in Wilderness Emergency Medicine
Certificate in Wilderness Therapy

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Contact Us


Paul Wolf
Program Coordinator
Outdoor Leadership
828.366.2003
pjwolf[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu

Nicole Harris
Program Assistant
Outdoor Leadership
828.366.2007
n_harris[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu