About the Program
This program offers a rewarding and challenging career for those individuals interested in providing emergency medical services to the sick and injured in a prehospital care environment. Emergency Medical Technician training utilizes the facilities at NAIT, active treatment hospitals, basic and advanced life support ambulance services and other allied emergency services.
In addition to our program offered twice a year at our main campus, NAIT also offers its EMT Program through Lethbridge College; and through Lakeland College as part of an Emergency Services Technology Diploma Program.
EMT Theory (392 Hours)
All provincial and national competencies are taught through lecture, self-study and extensive labs which provide you with the opportunity to develop psychomotor skills. International Trauma Life Support certification, Heart & Stroke Health Care Provider Basic Life Support CPR recertification, and a defensive driving component is included.
Placement will start at varying times following the successful completion of the theory component. Students must be prepared to travel to any location in Alberta.
Hospital Practicum (40 Hours)
Following the successful completion of the Emergency Medical Technician theory component you will be eligible to begin the Hospital Practicum. It is 36 to 40 hours in length and you will be required to follow the preceptor’s schedule.
Ambulance Practicum (Minimum 192 hours)
The Ambulance Practicum will take approximately 192 hours to complete, depending on the call volume of the location you have been assigned to. You will be required to follow your preceptor’s schedule.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $308
Tuition Cap: $2,085
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $2775
Semester 2: $1975
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.
- Successful completion of Emergency Medical Responder or NAIT Medical First Responder program. Either proof of completion or proof of enrolment must be submitted by the application deadline. If you provide proof of enrolment at the application deadline, you are required to submit proof of completion by October 15th for the January intake and July 1st for the August intake.
- Resume required by the application deadline.
- 18 Years of age - Students must turn 18 years of age prior to the program start date. A copy of a current government-issued ID must be submitted by the application deadline.
- CPR-C (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification for entry into the program, and remain current throughout clinical training. Proof of certification is required by October 15th for the January intake and July 1st for the August intake. One of the following courses or certifications can be used to meet this requirement:
- NAIT CPRS100 - Basic Life Support
- NAIT CPRS500 - Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C
- 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)
*Please note, NAIT's delivery model is changing for the January 2020 cohort. In January 2020, the EMT program will be delivering a part time day offering. The August intake will remain evenings and weekends.
Applicants who complete their applications by the published deadline are interviewed and ranked. Final selections are based on the interview scores. 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
- Math 20-1 or Math 20- 2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
- Biology 30 or Science 30
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
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.
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.
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 both a hospital and ambulance practicum.
- Length: 40 hours (minimum)
- Salary: None
- Dates: December/January or May/June
- Relocation: Relocation may be required - anywhere in Alberta
- Length: 192 hours (minimum)
- Salary: None
- Dates: January start, or June start
- Relocation: Relocation may be required - anywhere in Alberta
Accreditation & Industry Certification
The NAIT EMT program is an accredited program.
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 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.
|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.