Full-time Course Load

How many credits do I need to be a full-time student at NAIT? 

You are considered a full-time student when you are enrolled in at least 60% of a full course load per term.

To determine the minimum number of credits you require to be considered a full-time student for your program, please refer to the table below. If your credits per term are equivalent to or greater than those listed in the table, you will be considered a full-time student.

This full-time student status definition is effective for the Spring 2021 semester and beyond. If you were considered a full-time student for previous semesters, your status for these semesters will not change

Programs with additional credit requirements

To be eligible for student aid for these programs, students are required to take more credits than those identified below. Please email financialaid@nait.ca to learn more. These programs are noted with an asterisk* in the list below.

  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management
  • Chemical Engineering Technology
  • Denturist Technology
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Primary Care Paramedic

Co-op, work placement or clinical 

If you are enrolled in a co-op/work placement or clinical, your required number of credits may differ from the below.  You will be considered a full-time student if your work placement is 35 hours per week or more. 

If you require a letter confirming your status as a full-time student, you can request a customized Confirmation of Enrollment letter using the online Contact Form. Select topic: Enrollment/Education Verification, subcategory Confirmation of Enrollment letter

Full-time course load requirements by program

Use the table below to check the number of credits you will need to take each academic term to be considered a full-time student at NAIT.
 

Program

Minimum Fall/Winter
credits required

Minimum Spring/Summer
credits required

Academic Upgrading

9

4.5

Advanced Care Paramedic

10.5

5

Advanced Plumbing Technology

9

4.5

Advanced Welding

9

4.5

Alternative Energy Technology

9

4.5

Animal Health Technology

10.5

5

Applied Financial Services

9

4.5

Architectural Technology

10.5

5

Automotive Service Technology

9

4.5

Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology

9

4.5

Bachelor of Business Administration

9

4.5

Bachelor of Technology

9

4.5

Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management

9

4.5

Baking and Pastry Arts

9

4.5

Biological Sciences Technology

9

4.5

Biomedical Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Biomedical Engineering Technology Co-op

10.5

5

Building Environmental Systems Technology

10.5

5

Business Administration

9

4.5

Captioning and Court Reporting

9

4.5

Chemical Engineering Technology*

10.5

5

Chemical Technology

10.5

5

Chemical Technology Co-op

10.5

5

Civil Engineering Technology

15

7.5

Civil Engineering Technology Co-op

15

7.5

CNC Machinist Technician

9

4.5

Computer Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Computer Engineering Technology Co-op

10.5

5

Computer Network Administrator

9

4.5

Construction Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Culinary Arts

12.5

6

Cybersecurity

9

4.5

Data Analytics

9

4.5

Dental Assisting Technology

10.5

5

Dental Technology

10.5

5

Denturist Technology*

10

5

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

10.5

5

Digital Media and IT

10.5

5

Digital Media and IT Co-op

10.5

5

Disaster and Emergency Management

9

4.5

Electrical Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Electrical Installations Technology

9

4.5

Electronics Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Electronics Engineering Technology Co-op

10.5

5

Engineering Design Technology

10.5

5

Forest Technology

9

4.5

Geological Technology

10.5

5

Geomatics Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Graphic Communications

9

4.5

HVAC Refrigeration Technician

9

4.5

Hospitality Management

9

4.5

Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology

9

4.5

Instrumentation Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Instrumentation Engineering Technology Co-op

10.5

5

Interior Design Technology

10.5

5

Landscape Architectural Technology

10.5

5

Laboratory and X-Ray Technology Combined

10.5

5

Magnetic Resonance*

9

4.5

Magnetic Resonance Imaging*

11.5

5.5

Materials Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Mechanical Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Medical Laboratory Assisting

9

4.5

Medical Laboratory Technology

10.5

5

Medical Radiologic Technology

10.5

5

Millwork and Carpentry

9

4.5

Nanosystems Engineering Technology

9

4.5

Network Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Network Engineering Technology Co-op

10.5

5

Occupational Health and Safety

9

4.5

Open Studies

9

4.5

Optical Sciences - Contact Lenses

12.5

6

Optical Sciences - Eyeglasses

11

5.5

Personal Fitness Trainer

9

4.5

Petroleum Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Photographic Technology

9

4.5

Power Engineering Certificate

10.5

5

Power Engineering Technology

10.5

5

Pre-Employment - Auto Body Repair

9

4.5

Pre-Employment – Automotive Service Technician

15.5

7.5

Primary Care Paramedic*

9

4.5

Professional Meat Cutting & Merchandising

9

4.5

Radio and Television

14.5

7

Respiratory Therapy

10.5

5

Veterinary Medical Assistant

9

4.5

Water and Wastewater Technician

16.5

8

Wireless Systems Engineering Technology

10.5

5

A co-op, work placement or clinical

If you are enrolled in a co-op/work placement or clinical, your required number of credits may differ from the below.  You will be considered a full-time student if your work placement is 35 hours per week or more. 

If you require a letter confirming your status as a full-time student, you can request a customized Confirmation of Enrollment letter using the online Contact Form. Select topic Enrollment/Education Verification, subcategory Confirmation of Enrollment letter

Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management programs

If you’re in these programs and applying for student funding, please contact financialaid@nait.ca to understand your credit load.

Programs with an asterisk (*)

Five programs below have an asterisk (*) included after the program name. To be eligible for student aid for these programs, students are required to take more credits than those identified below. Please email financialaid@nait.ca to learn more.