About the Program
The Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic program (EMT-P) is an advanced-care level diploma. Students gain skills in advanced life support procedures and learn to diagnose and treat patients in a variety of medical and trauma situations.
EMT-P is the final step in Alberta’s 3-step pre-hospital training. Students must complete the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training before enrolling in the EMT-P program.
NAIT curriculum is aligned with the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) and the Alberta Occupational Competency Profile (AOCP) for paramedics (EMT-P).
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1050
Semester 2: $1550
Semester 3: $450
Semester 4: $250
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade 12 English
- Biology 30
- Pure Math 10 or 13 or Applied Math 10 or Math 10C
Current EMT registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Online Interview
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Proof of EMT registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.
- Proof of EMT (PCP) certificate and transcript from the training institution.
- CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification for entry into the program, and remain current throughout clinical training. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers, and must be by Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) standards. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100.
- Copy of your current ITLS or PhTLS or equivalent card, dated within three years before the start date of classes.
- Proof of valid Alberta Class 1, 2, or 4 driver's license, or equivalent.
- Copy of Defensive Driving Certificate.
- Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion.
- Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, as determined by Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. Failure to meet the Police Information Check, immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements may result in denial of access to clinical training.
- Computer Literacy - Basic computer literacy is required, which includes basic word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and email.
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. Prerequisites are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar for compliance.
- Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Registrar's Office and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
- Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked. Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores and resume or curriculum vitae; academics presented in Phase 1 must be maintained. The format for Phase 2 is prerecorded online video interviews. Candidates who are successful moving to Phase 2 will be given adequate notice of the interview requirements and instructions. The interview and resume or curriculum vitae are both weighted at 50%.
Preference will be given to applicants who have at least 1 year of EMS experience as an EMT (or PCP).
Students are required to successfully complete two ambulance practicums and one hospital practicum during the program. During the practicum, students are expected to work 36 to 48 hours per week depending on assigned shift rotation.
Intermediate Ambulance Practicum - Level 2
- Length: 8 weeks (336 hours)
- Dates: August- October
- Relocation: may be required
Hospital & Community Rotations- Level 2
- Length: 316 hours
- Dates: January - February
- Relocation: may be required
Advanced Ambulance Practicum - Level 2
- Length: 12 weeks (576 hours)
- Dates: March - June
- Relocation: may be required
Accreditation & Industry Certification
The NAIT Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic program is accredited by the Alberta College of Paramedics.
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||7|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||1000.00||4|
Available to first year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|Edmonton Emergency Physicians Association - Spring||250.00||1|
Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to a graduating student of the Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic program.
|Eileen Turgeon Bursary||2000.00||1|
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology, Cytotechnology, Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic, Magnetic Resonance, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Radiologic Technology or Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Greg Siver Memorial Award||500.00||1|
Named in memory of a former student, instructor and paramedic, Greg Siver was an inspiration to those who knew him. He was involved, caring, committed and compassionate. He cared deeply about his family, his job, his colleagues and the city he called home. Available to full-time students enrolled in the second year of the Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, (minimum GPA of 3.3) upon graduation as well as leadership within the classroom, initiative and exhibiting the determination to succeed.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.