Learn more about NAIT's faculty in each of the major School of Health and Life Sciences program areas.
- Animal Health
- Dental Health
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Diagnostic Laboratory
- Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic
- Personal Fitness Trainer
- Respiratory Therapy
The Animal Health Technology faculty includes three veterinarians, eight registered veterinary technologists and one animal nutritionist. All are registered with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.
Animal Health Technology instructors also join the two Veterinary Medical Assistant (VMA) instructors in teaching the VMA program. VMA instructors are also Registered Animal Health Technologists.
One instructor has obtained a Master's in Education and our nutritionist has a Master's in Animal Nutrition.
A major strength of the NAIT dental programs is their cooperative learning environment. The three programs share facilities, instructors and support staff, so all dental students benefit from the expertise of the entire dental staff.
The faculty in the Dental Assisting program are Registered Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists with an average of 14 years of clinical experience in general and specialty dental practices. Two faculty members have completed Masters of Education degrees, and the majority have completed or are enrolled in certificate, diploma or degree programs.
The faculty in the Dental Technology program are Registered Dental Technologists and Certified Dental Technicians with an average of 11 years of clinical experience and 7 years of teaching experience. Staff members also take part in work experience leave, which allows them to stay current with the skills and needs of the field. Beyond receiving their Dental Technology diplomas, the staff have completed one post-secondary certificate, two undergraduate degrees and one master's degree in their pursuit of lifelong learning.
The faculty in the Denturist Technology program are Registered Denturists with an average of 17 years of clinical experience. Nearly half have been teaching at NAIT for more than 15 years. In addition to instructing, our faculty members are also dedicated to improving their own educations – 30% are currently pursuing bachelors or masters degrees.
All faculty in NAIT’s Diagnostic Imaging programs have a minimum of three years of clinical experience. Many still work in the field part-time so they can continue to bring students the most current industry knowledge.
Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology
The faculty in the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology program have an average of five years of industry experience. All faculty members are licensed with the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists, and two instructors are working towards Bachelor of Technology in Medical Imaging degrees.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
All Diagnostic Medical Sonography faculty members are registered with Sonography Canada and some also hold equivalent American credentials. Faculty certifications from these organizations include
- generalist (abdomen, superficial structures, obstetrics/gynecology, vascular general)
- adult echocardiography
- vascular technology
Other educational credentials include
- 1 Master's in Educational Studies
- 1 Bachelor of Adult Education
- 1 Bachelor of Education
- 3 Bachelors of Science
- 1 Bachelor of Health Science
- 1 Bachelor of Technology in Health Sciences
- 2 Certificates in Adult Education
All Magnetic Resonance core faculty members are licensed with the Alberta College of Medical and Diagnostic Technologists and Therapists and are members of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiologic Technologists. We share faculty with the Department of Physics to ensure a comprehensive and collaborative knowledge base that allows students to benefit from all NAIT faculty expertise. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Instructors have extensive clinical experience and are several are still working in the field. Faculty educational credentials include advanced intravenous certification, a several Bachelor of Science degrees and one Bachelor of Business Management.
Medical Radiologic Technology
All Medical Radiologic Technology faculty members are licensed with the Alberta College of Medical and Diagnostic Technologists and Therapists and are members of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiologic Technologists.
Faculty members are trained in radiological technology, including
- CT scanning
- bone mineral densitometry
- X-ray safety
- picture archiving computer systems (PACS)
Some have also taken advanced leadership development training. Other educational credentials include
- certificate in Breast Imaging
- CT Imaging certificate
- Advanced Certification in Radiography
- bachelor degrees
- post-graduate degrees
- Health sciences preceptorship training
- BMI certified instructors
Some faculty members were involved with a Health Canada research project that was published in the Spring 2010 Journal of Allied Health.
Faculty members also serve on local and national industry committees and still actively practice in the field.
The Diagnostic Laboratory faculty have an average of 15 years of industry experience. Our credentials include
- 23 Medical Laboratory Technology designations
- 2 other medical designations
- 9 Bachelors of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
- 1 Bachelor of Education
- 1 Master's in Health Information Management and Health Informatics
- 3 instructors pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees
Diagnostic Laboratory programs include Cytotechnology, Medical Laboratory Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Transcription and the lab portion of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology.
The Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic faculty have an average of 15 years of clinical experience. All faculty members are Registered Paramedics and stay current in their field through the Alberta College of Paramedics’ continuing competency requirement. One of our faculty members also has a Masters of Education.
The Personal Fitness Trainer faculty have an average of 20+ years of industry experience and certifications from a wide variety of industry organizations, including
- Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
- National Academy of Sports Medicine
- National Strength and Conditioning Association
- American College of Sports Medicine
- National Coaching Certification Program
Other faculty educational credentials include
- 2 PhDs
- 4 Master's degrees
Faculty members are also involved in industry boards and committees and stay on top of current industry developments.
The faculty in the Respiratory Therapy program are Registered Respiratory Therapists with an average of 15 years of clinical experience. Faculty educational credentials include a Master's degree and one Bachelor of Health Science degree. Several other faculty members are also working on Bachelor of Health Science degrees.