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Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Length

The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Open the door to your academic and professional careers

NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program is a bridging program designed for adults from a variety of academic backgrounds to gain prerequisite entrance requirements needed for post-secondary study. We offer flexible programming to help you gain the entrance requirements for post-secondary programs. Upon successful completion of our Academic Upgrading program, you will be eligible for conditional acceptance into NAIT credit programs, pending successful completion of all other entrance requirements. Semesters are 12-15 weeks in length with day, evening and online options available so you can work around your personal and professional commitments. Small class sizes and instructor-led training make for an ideal learning environment.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

How does Academic Upgrading work?

The Academic Upgrading program offers flexible options that will help you gain  entrance requirements for your post-secondary program.

Equivalency and Academic Upgrading Placement tests for selected subjects are available if you are missing or need to improve your mark(s). Test results may be used for admissions for all NAIT programs.

Schedule

Courses are offered over 3 semesters and you can take from 1-3 courses per semester:

  • Fall and winter – The fall and winter semesters are 15 weeks in length and offer day, evening and distance options.
  • Spring – The spring semester is 12 weeks in length with limited course offerings during the day.

Important information

Please take note of the following:

  • Although the Academic Upgrading courses are listed as 5 credits/course, tuition fees are charged on a 3 credit fee model
  • Before completing an online application to the Academic Upgrading program, please confirm there is space available in the specific course(s) you require; seats are given on a first-come, first-served basis

Before you enrol

Academic Upgrading Placement Test

A placement test can help you fulfill or prove entrance requirements for admission into Academic Upgrading courses.

Have questions? We've got answers

On acceptance to the program, you will be contacted by the program with instructions about how to enrol in courses. If necessary, you will be able to book an appointment to design the best course of study for your needs.

Academic Upgrading

Phone: 780.471.8534
Email: upgrading@nait.ca

Revisit and review fundamental theories and concepts

In addition to our Academic Upgrading program, we offer non-credit courses that can help you refresh your basic skills. No application to Academic Upgrading is required to enrol into these courses.

For further course details, fees and to enrol, click the course name from the list below.

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BIO20Biology 20
  • Course Equivalencies: BIO20, CPB120
  • Open Studies: Available

Course topics covered include: Energy and matter exchange in the biosphere, ecosystems and population change, photosynthesis and cellular respiration and exchange of energy and matter in human systems.

BIO30Biology 30
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: BIO30, BSS291, CPB130
  • Open Studies: Available

Course topics covered include: Chromosomes, DNA, and cell division, human nervous system, endocrine system, human reproduction system and embryonic/ fetal development and classical and population genetics. Biology 20 recommended

CHE20Chemistry 20
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: MTH10 or MTH20 or MTH30 and SCI10 or any course equivalent. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Course topics covered include: Bonding in Ionic and Molecular Substances, Properties of Gases, Chemical and Physical Properties of Solutions, Acids and Bases and Stoichiometry.

CHE30Chemistry 30
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHE20 or CHE30 or CHS202 or any course equivalent. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Course topics covered include: Thermochemical Change, Electrochemical Changes, Chemical Equilibrium focusing on acid-base systems and Chemical Changes of Organic Compounds.

CSS10Computers and Study Skills
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides the beginner-level user with the basic skills necessary to start functioning on a microcomputer in the Windows environment using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Also, this course provides the student with study skills including time management, library research, note-taking, teamwork, goal-setting, positive attitude and resume writing.

ENL20-1English 20-1
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Academic Upgrading program. Prerequisites: ENL10-1 or ENL10-2 or ENL20-2. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is a 15 week course of 7 hours per week in which students are expected to improve reading comprehension skills and develop critical and analytical reading skills by studying a variety of literary texts including short stories, essays, a Shakespearean play, a feature film, and poetry. Students are supposed to develop proficiency in sentence construction and be able to revise texts in progress and to create critical and analytical responses to literary texts. The goal of the course is to foster “an appreciation of the significance and artistry of literature” and to facilitate a student’s ability to “understand and appreciate language and use it confidently for a variety of purposes and in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning.” (From the Program of Studies for Senior High School English Language Arts, 2003, Alberta Learning Curriculum Branch.)

ENL20-2English 20-2
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CPE113 or ENL10 or ENL20 or ENL30 or any course equivalent. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca
  • Course Equivalencies: CPE123, ENL20-2
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students in this course are expected to lay a foundation for the development of critical and analytical reading skills by studying a variety of print and non-print texts, including short stories, popular non-fiction, a book-length fiction or non-fiction, poetry and film. Students are expected to develop strategies to improve sentence construction skills and be able to detect and correct common sentence faults while responding personally and critically to literary texts. The goal of the course is to foster "an appreciation of the significance and artistry of literature" and to facilitate a student's ability to "understand and appreciate language and use it confidently for a variety of purposes and in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning".

ENL30-1English 30-1
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: English 20-1 or English 30-2. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is a 15 week course of 7 hours per week in which students are expected to further develop close reading and critical reading skills in order to understand contextual elements, subtle nuance, symbolic language and subtext found in increasingly sophisticated literacy texts including short stories, essays, a Shakespearean play, a feature film or modern play, and poetry. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency with sentence structure and essay format and will be required to respond critically and analytically to literary texts. The goal of the course is to foster "an appreciation of the significance and artistry of literature" and to facilitate a student's ability to "understand and appreciate language and use it confidently for a variety of purposes and in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning."

ENL30-2English 30-2
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENL20-2 or ENL20-1 or ENL30-1 or English23. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE196, ASE291, CPE133, ENL30-2
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students in this course are expected to develop critical and analytical reading skills by studying a variety of print and non-print texts, including short stories, popular non-fiction, a book-length fiction or non-fiction, poetry and film. Students are expected to develop sentence construction skills and be able to detect and correct common sentence faults while responding personally and critically to print and nonprint texts. The goal of the course is to foster "an appreciation of the significance and artistry of literature" and to facilitate a student's ability to "understand and appreciate language and use it confidently for a variety of purposes and in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning."

MTH10CMath 10C
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is designed to reacquaint students with a base level of mathematics that will provide a foundation of skills that can be built upon in the Math 20 level. Students will be studying topics covering Measurements, Geometry, Trigonometry, Radicals, Exponents, Polynomials, Relations, Linear Functions and Systems of Linear Equations.

MTH20-1Math 20-1
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MTH10C or MTH20-2 or MTH20T or MTH20-1 or MTH30-1 or MTH30-2 or CPM123 or any course equivalent. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is designed to further develop students' algebraic, trigonometric and graphical reasoning skills in preparation for Math 30-1. Course topics include: Factoring, Radical Equations, Rational Equations, Sine/Cosine Laws, Quadratic Functions and Equations, Systems of Non-linear Equations, and Sequences & Series.

MTH20TMath 20T
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MTH13 or MTH10C or MTH30-1 or MTH30-2 or MTH20-1 or MTH20-2 or MTH23 or Applied MTH30 or CPM113 or CPM123 or any course equivalency. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This fast-paced course covers the fundamentals from both Math 10C and Math 20-1 that will be required in Math 30-1. It bridges students who have Applied Math 30 and need Math 30-1 or Math 30-2. Note that Math 20T is recognized as a prerequisite for Math 30-2 or Math 30-1 at NAIT only and will not be recognized by other post-secondary institutions. Course topics include: Linear systems, Polynomials, Factoring, Rational Expressions and Equations, Radical Expressions and Equations, Quadratics, and Trigonometry Outside Quadrant I.

MTH30-1Math 30-1
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MTH20-1 or MTH20T or MTH30-2 or MTH30-1 or any course equivalent. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASM103, ASM205, ASM30, CPM130, MTH30-1
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course builds upon skills in Math 10C and Math 20-1/20T to further develop student's algebraic, trigonometric, and graphical reasoning skills in preparation for admission in to many post-secondary programs. Course topics include: Function Operations, Polynomial/Rational/Exponential/Logarithmic/Trigonometric Functions, Trigonometric Identities and Equations, Complex Numbers and Combinatorics.

MTH30-2Math 30-2
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MTH20-1, MTH20-2, MTH20T, MTH30-1, MTH30-2, CPM123 or any course equivalent. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASM199, ASM201, ASM208, CPM133, MTH30-2
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Course topics include: Trigonometry, probability, and relations and functions. By participating in the course it is expected that students will: 1) develop algebraic and graphical reasoning through the study of relations; 2) develop trigonometric reasoning; 3) develop critical thinking skills related to uncertainty; and 4) develop logical reasoning.

PHY20Physics 20
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CPM113, MTH10C, MAA30, CPM123, MTH20T, MTH20-1, MTH30-1, MTH30-2, PHY20, PHY30 or any course equivalent. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca.
  • Course Equivalencies: CPP120, PHY20
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Course topics covered include: Conversion of units, vectors, linear, rotational and circular motion, Newton's laws of motion, uniform circular accelerated motion, work, power & energy and wave properties. Prerequisite: Science 10 recommended

PHY30Physics 30
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: Physics 20 or Physics 30. If you do not have an Alberta transcript, contact Academic Upgrading by email at upgrading@nait.ca
  • Course Equivalencies: ASP290, ASP292, ASP296, ASP297, CPP130
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Course topics covered include: Conservation of energy and momentum, static electricity and Coulomb's law, electric fields and capacitors, current and resistance, series, parallel circuits and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction and radiation, and quantum theory and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: Physics 20

SCI10Science 10
  • Open Studies: Available

Course topics covered include: Measurement unit - significant digits, scientific notation, metric prefixes, and solving problems using factor analysis. Chemistry unit - periodic table, atomic structure, chemical classification/ nomenclature and chemical reaction equations. Physics unit- theories of motion, energy and work. Biology unit - classification of living systems, cell structure and function, and unity and diversity among living systems.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $5,931

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements

English 10-1 or 10-2 or Academic Upgrading placement test.

Note: Any student with Applied Math 10 or 20 must begin at Math 10C, unless the student takes a placement test that indicates a higher level placement. Students with Applied Math 30 must begin at Math 20T. Math 14 and 24 and Science 14 and 24 are not considered to be academic level courses and cannot be used as prerequisites for any grade 11 or 12 math or science courses.

For applicants who hold/are applying for a temporary foreign visa and have applied to the Academic Upgrading program at NAIT, please complete the Academic Upgrading Choice Form.

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Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Open Studies

A great option to get started or take a few courses without committing to a full program. Learn more

International Students

This program is open to international applicants. For more detailed information about applying, visit our admissions page. Learn more

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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