Our programs prepare students to support patients throughout their lives, from illnesses and emergency situations through maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As health care demands increase, so will the need for trained technologists in the field – and NAIT students will graduate ready to take on these rewarding careers in roles critical to health care.
Why the School of Health and Life Sciences?
Graduates from NAIT’s School of Health and Life Sciences are in demand. Our students consistently have high levels of employment soon after graduation as a result of the many benefits of our programs.
- A focus on hands-on training – our full-time programs spend an average of 64% of training time on practical work, so our graduates stand out.
- A growing number of simulation exercises that let students experience real-life situations in a safe environment before they hit the workplace.
- A work experience component built into all full-time (and many continuing education) programs.
- Facilities equipped with the technology that students will be using in the workplace.
- Instructors who bring their industry experience to the classroom.
Certificates – get into the workforce in a year or less with our full-time certificate programs, or take your existing career to the next level with our part-time options.
Diplomas – get the combination of theory and hands-on experience that employers look for with our 2- to 3-year diploma programs.
Continuing Education – earn a diploma or certificate on your schedule, or upgrade your health sciences training with NAIT Continuing Education.
What you need to know
All full-time Health and Life Sciences programs have limited student spaces, and admission is very competitive. Students applying to the school will normally need grades above the minimum prerequisites to be considered for admission. Many programs also have an interview process.
There is no mature student status for School of Health and Life Sciences programs.
Most full-time programs in the School of Health and Life Sciences require up-to-date immunizations. Each program’s Entrance Requirements page has specific information, but in general, students will need the following immunizations.
- tetanus and diphtheria
- varicella (chicken pox)
- Hepatitis B (including Hepatitis B titre)
Tuberculosis screening will also be required.
You can get a copy of your records from your local public health clinic or doctor’s office. If you received your immunizations in the Alberta Health Services Capital Region, you can contact them at 780.413.7985.
Other Specialized Requirements
Some programs also require up-to-date first aid or CPR training before the first day of classes. Check your program’s Entrance Requirements page for specific information.
Police Information Check (criminal record check)
Most clinical sites require a Police Information Check (criminal record check or a security clearance check.) The majority of the School of Health and Life Sciences programs require all students to complete a Criminal Record Check prior to the program start date. It must be completed with in 90 days of the student attending a Police Information Check Clearance Session at NAIT. Please see the program specific pages or contact the programs for further information.