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: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1775
Semester 2: $1475
Semester 3: $325
Semester 4: $325
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.
- English 30-1 or 30-2
- Math 10C or Pure Math 10 or Applied Math 10 or Math 13
- Biology 30 or Science 30
- Proof of current EMT (PCP) registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics must be submitted by the application deadline. If you are currently enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician program after the application deadline, proof of enrolment is required by the application deadline, and final results must be submitted by July 31st. Proof of enrolment will not be accepted for students who are applying to the Alternate Delivery Program for the January 2020 intake. Final results are required by the application deadline.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) required by the application deadline.
- Proof of EMT (PCP) certificate and transcript from the training institution must be submitted by the application deadline.
- One of the following CPR certifications is required by July 31st for the Fall intake and by the application deadline for the Winter Term:
- Canadian Ski Patrol (CPR-C)
- Heart & Stroke Foundation (BLS for HCP (C), BLS, CPR-C)
- Lifesaving Society (CPR-C)
- Red Cross (CPR-C or HCP)
- St. John Ambulance (CPR-C or HCP)
- NAIT CPRS100 - Basic Life Support
- The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for applicants who complete their applications by November 1st for the Fall intake.
- The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for applicants who complete their applications by February 15th for the Fall intake.
For applicants who complete their applications by August 1st, only one round of interviews will be conducted for the Alternate Delivery Program for the January 2020 intake.
Applicants offered an interview in the first round will not be offered a second interview if the first is incomplete, unsuccessful, low scoring, or if they decline the opportunity. An applicant cancelled based on the outcome of this interview, or for choosing not to complete it, should not reapply for the same intake as a second interview offer will not be extended.
All applicants who complete their applications by the published deadlines are interviewed and ranked. The interview and resume or curriculum vitae are both weighted at 50% for final selection. Preference will be given to applicants who have at least 1 year of EMS experience actively responding to emergency calls as an EMT (or PCP). Please refer to Student Selection Processes for more information.
Effective October 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 year this program will use the following competitive entrance to shortlist applicants for the Interview phase:
- English 30-1 or 30-2
- Biology 30 or Science 30
- Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20 Pure or Math 20 Applied
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
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. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
Employer Student Practicum Verification form - Students who are applying to the Alternate Delivery Program for the January 2020 intake must submit an Employer Student Practicum Verification Form in order to be considered competitive. Applicants who do not have practicum placement confirmation from their employer may still be considered for the flexible pathway dependent upon seat availability.
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. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
Computer Literacy - Basic computer literacy is required, which includes basic word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and email.
The following activities are encouraged to ensure an adequate understanding of the expectations and duties of the program and profession:
- Review of program website
- Open House information sessions
- Program Preview
- Health Program Interview Workshop
Tuesday, October 23rd at 4:30 pm. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
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 JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|Durocher Simpson Koehli & Erler LLP Young Woman of Vision Scholarship||1000.00||1|
Available to a female student in the 1st or 2nd year of the Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic program at NAIT. Awarded equally based on academic achievement as well as demonstrated passion for giving back to make their industry and/or community a better place. Applicants demonstrate having a vision to make a difference.
|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.
|Gregory Siver Memorial Award||1000.00||1|
This bursary is provided in memory of a former student, instructor and paramedic. Gregory Siver completed his practicum after a second cancer diagnosis and while undergoing chemotherapy. As a paramedic he loved mentoring students instilling in them his passion for the work as well as his compassion for all patients. He was often called on to mentor students who were known to be struggling. Whether as a practitioner, an educator or a friend, he was consistent in his commitment to integrity, honesty and compassion. He touched the lives of countless students, co-workers and patients throughout his 20 years career. Available to continuing students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the previous semester of the program and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate leadership within the classroom, initiative and compassion for others.
|International Health and Life Sciences Scholarship||2500.00||1|
Available to International students enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of a credit program in the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the previous semester.
|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.