Continuing Education

Transfusion Medicine Techniques

NAIT's Transfusion Medicine series is designed to provide Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists with the skills necessary to perform transfusion testing and to enhance this skill previously obtained by Medical Laboratory Technologists. The first two courses within this series can be completed online from the comfort of your home. The third will be offered in a blended format, with theoretical content delivered online and face to face activities taking place at a medical laboratory with transfusion medicine testing capabilities.

To receive advanced authorization through the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists, CLXTs will be required to successfully complete all three courses and provide proof of completion to ACCLXT.

Courses

Quick Facts

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Outcomes

To receive a certificate through NAIT, CLXT students’ are required to complete all three didactic courses, in addition to the hands-on workshop.
 

Program Questions

Please select the frequently asked questions to reveal the answers. If your question is not answered below, contact the Transfusion Medicine program at healthgeneral@nait.ca.

1. Do I have to take TRAM101 and TRAM201 before TRAM301?

Yes, each course is a prerequisite for the next. It is important that these courses are taken in this sequence as the information from each course is delivered and touches on information taught in the previous course.

2. Do I have to locate a site that offers transfusion medicine for TRAM301?

Yes, it is the student’s responsibility to locate a rural site that employs CLXTs and offers transfusion medicine. Due to multiple factors, including COVID-19 restrictions, this course will not be offered on site at NAIT. Student’s are required to secure a placement site prior to enrolling into TRAM301.  

This course has been developed to have the theory component delivered online and the hands-on to be completed at a site that has a transfusion medicine capabilities. Students will be provided with training checklists and Competency Based Objectives (CBOs) within their course which they will use as a guide on completing the required skills.

Once the theory component, training checklists, and CBOs have been completed successfully, the student has completed TRAM301.

3. Am I able to complete the hands-on training from TRAM301 in a shorter time than indicated on the website?

Yes. We understand that each site will have a different schedule for students so the hours and weeks may vary from site-to-site, or student-to-student.

4. When looking for a site to complete TRAM301, what should I be looking for?

A site that performs transfusion medicine testing, including:

  • Pre-transfusion testing (ABO Rh grouping, Antibody Screens, Crossmatching).
  • Perinatal testing (maternal testing, cord testing).
  • Direct antiglobulin testing (DAT).
  • Blood component and product storage, preparation, allocation, and issuing.
  • Basic transfusion reaction investigations.

5. How do I apply for the advanced authorization credit from ACCLXT?

To obtain an advanced authorization credit from ACCLXT, students must submit a copy of their transcript or certificate to the college. An unofficial transcript can be printed from the student’s portal after the course end date.

A request for certification must be submitted to healthgeneral@nait.ca upon completion of all three courses, and a certificate will be mailed to the students within 4-6 weeks from NAIT’s Registrar’s Office. 

6. If I am an employer, what is my role?

The role of the employer is to provide the students with the opportunity to complete the hands-on CBOs. Students who are completing the hands-on component should be under direct supervision by a qualified MLT or CLXT authorized to perform transfusion medicine testing to ensure they are completing the skills correctly.

7. Will there be an instructor assigned to the course?

A NAIT instructor will support your completion of the course and be available to answer questions and provide feedback throughout the course. Theory components are designed to be completed in a flexible, self-directed manner, with support from the instructor.

8. After I complete the series, what will I be required to do to prove continuing competence in transfusion medicine?

The transfusion medicine series for CLXTs can be taken as continuing education, however, CLXTs intending to practice in Transfusion Medicine need to ensure they meet employer requirements.

Employers will validate advanced practice authorization and establish continuing competence standards for CLXTs that have been certified in Transfusion Medicine, including minimum practice hours.

Contact

The remainder of the courses within the Transfusion Medicine series are still in development. The hands-on workshop and the fourth course designed specifically for MLTs will be released in 2020.

For more information, please contact the Transfusion Medicine program at healthgeneral@nait.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

How do I apply/register?

Except for our Academic Upgrading and ESL programs, you do not need to apply to get started. If you would like to join us for courses, you can enrol yourself through our website and complete your fee payment by VISA/MasterCard credit or debit card.

You can proceed to the course page and select “Add to Cart” beside the course dates of your choice. You will complete your payment once you are signed into your account. A video walkthrough of this process is available at www.nait.ca/register

Visit the ESL application page for details on how to register.

Visit the Academic Upgrading program page for details on how to register.

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When is the deadline to register?

This can vary depending on the course or program. Some courses may have specific registration deadlines, which will be noted under View Course Information.

Space is limited, and our courses can fill up well before the scheduled start date. For best results, we recommend enrolling as soon as you are able. If the Add to Cart button is available on the website, you are welcome to enrol.

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I am trying to sign up, but the shopping cart says “already enrolled in course, add not processed.” What do I do now?

You may have begun and not finished the checkout process in the last 24 hours. The course is on your MyNAIT portal waiting for secure online payment to confirm your seat in the class.

Please log in to your MyNAIT portal complete online payment through Self Service.

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I've been added to a waitlist. What does this mean?

If a course you wish to take says Add to Waitlist instead of Add to Cart, that means that there are no open seats for registration for that section.

You can add yourself to the waitlist at no charge for a chance to be enrolled if space becomes available. If you are enrolled from the waitlist, you will receive an email notice advising you to visit your student portal to make a payment.

Where possible, we recommend enrolling yourself in a different section with available space to ensure you can still complete the course even if you are not enrolled from the waitlist into your preferred section.

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Do I need a NAIT student account to sign up for Continuing Education classes? How do I make one?

Yes, you do need a NAIT student account to sign up for Continuing Education classes.

If you are new to NAIT, we recommend creating a NAIT account on the MyNAIT portal. When you are asked for a NAIT ID number, leave the space blank if you have not attended or applied to NAIT before, and our system will generate a new Student ID for you.

Once your account has been made, you can search for a course and add it to your cart. You will complete your payment once you are signed into your account with your new username and password.  More details including a video walkthrough of this process is available at www.nait.ca/register

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Funding Options

How much does it cost?

NAIT has a flexible payment option for continuing education classes. 10% of the cost is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable).

The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. Student aid funding is not available for continuing education classes.

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What are my funding and payment options?

NAIT has a flexible payment option for continuing education classes. 10% of the cost is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable).

The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. Student aid funding is not available for continuing education classes.

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What is the cancellation and refund policy?

To be eligible for a refund, you must drop your course at least 10 calendar days before the class start date.

Please see the refund policy for more information.

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Are there other fees for textbooks, memberships, hardware or equipment? If so, is it something I buy from NAIT, and how?

If textbooks, materials or software are required for an individual course, it will be noted in the course details. If software or other costs apply to a whole program, it will be listed in the program overview.

Most textbooks can be purchased directly from Shop at NAIT. The program area will provide further directions if your course requires textbooks, software or other materials that need to be purchased elsewhere.

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An organization (employer or community organization) wants to pay for my Continuing Education courses by invoice. How do we set this up?

Please submit a Third Party Sponsorship form for Continuing Education courses.

This document needs to clearly identify the student, the course(s) requested, the start dates for each course requested, and the contact information of the sponsoring organization and invoicing contact. Once complete, submit the forms online.

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Courses, certificates and transfer credits

I am looking for a course or program

You can search for a Continuing Education program or course based on your area of interest here.

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What are the prior knowledge and skill expectations (prerequisites) for Continuing Education courses?

The expectations before joining any of our programs will vary for each course and certificate. We will list prerequisites or recommended prior knowledge for each certificate on the program landing page, and for individual courses in the course information.

You can view individual course information by either clicking the course title or the View Course Information option under the course title.

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Is there a recommended order to take each course in the certificate?

Most program areas list the courses in the recommended order and include any prerequisite information in the course Information description. If a course is listed as a pre-requisite, you would need to have completed the prerequisite to be able to register.

If a course is listed as recommended you can enrol without having the prerequisite on your record, which we only recommend doing if you have mastered the content of the recommended course through other work experience or education.

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How long does it take to finish this program? Do I have a time limit?

Many Continuing Education programs are relatively short, and you have the benefit of taking individual courses as fit your schedule and budget.

Use the drop-down menu of dates beside the add to cart button to pick out a schedule that works for you. We recommend completing most programs within 1-2 years wherever possible to help you maintain connections in your learning from course to course.

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How do I request a certificate after I complete a course or program?

After you have completed all required courses associated with your program, you can request certification.

Download and submit the Request for Certificate form for Continuing Education programs. The form provides directions for where to submit your request.

Certificate requests typically take up to 6 weeks to be processed.

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Can I get credit towards this credential for experience or past coursework?

Many programs will accept previous experience or coursework.

There is a fee and formal application process for transfer credit for previous course work or work experience. Learn more about transfer and credit options.

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Technology Requirements

The course description says “Mac, Chromebook or tablets are not supported." What are my options to attend virtual courses?

The statement about Windows vs. Mac is for classes that are taught on computers running Windows.

The instructor will be using a Windows operating system for these courses and will not be able to allocate instructional time navigating or troubleshooting differences between Mac/Windows OS.

Some students are comfortable doing that type of troubleshooting themselves, but there may also be software compatibility concerns for your individual course and the instructor will not able to provide direct technical support should you choose to proceed against the program’s recommendation.

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What is Moodle, and how do I use it?

Moodle is the learning platform we use for many of our online courses.

If your course will be delivered through Moodle, you can access it by clicking the Moodle button right in your MyNAIT portal account. You will find your course linked in Moodle on the scheduled start date.

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