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The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


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


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 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C 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.

This entry level medical program gives you the hands-on training you need to provide emergency medical services to the sick and injured. Utilizing a combination of simulation training, practicum placements in active treatment hospitals and training in advanced life support ambulance services, the Emergency Medical Technician program can get you started on the path to becoming an advanced care paramedic.   

The Emergency Medical Technician program is offered twice a year at our main campus, and through both Lethbridge College and Lakeland College as part of an Emergency Services Technology diploma program.

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.

Upon graduation, you may find employment as part of a health care team in a hospital or care centre, or as a member of a private organization in an industrial setting.

After successful completion of training, you’ll be eligible to write the Alberta College of Paramedics provincial certification exam. Successful completion and membership with the college is required for employment in Alberta.

This program is recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces, where you may find career opportunities after graduation.  For more information visit www.forces.ca.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for the Advanced Care Paramedic diploma program

The Primary Care Paramedic program is a basic-care level certificate program accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. In addition to classroom instruction, you can expect hands-on training at a number of off-campus locations that will involve weekend and shift work.

Classes are typically held in the evenings and on weekends, and cover human anatomy, physiology and procedures in emergency care and emergency equipment. The program can be broken down into four parts:

Theory (392 Hours) 
All provincial and national competencies are taught through lecture, self-study and extensive labs.

Practicum Placement
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 Primary Care Paramedic theory component, you will be eligible to begin the Hospital Practicum, where you will follow a preceptor.

Ambulance Practicum (Minimum 192 hours) 
You will be assigned a location in Alberta where you’ll follow a preceptor during on call hours.


If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Primary Care Paramedic  program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: pcp@nait.ca



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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

Information on admissions process

Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Term 1

PCPA1100Essential Life Sciences
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Emergency Medical Technician program
  • Open Studies: Not Available

At the base of all health care professions is a solid understanding of the structure and function of human anatomy and physiology (A&P). Students will study principles of homeostasis, body organs and systems. Knowledge of medical terminology will be expanded and concepts of pathophysiology will be introduced.

PCPA1110Workplace Safety and Legislation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Emergency Medical Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will apply safety practices and principles of personal wellness in various settings. Legal obligations and restrictions of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel will be explored. Students will be able to check and operate an emergency vehicle in a safe manner and understand how to identify workplace hazards.

PCPA1120Collaborative Practice and Professionalism
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Emergency Medical Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will demonstrate role clarity, communication, and patient-centered care in this course. Conflict, teamwork, and patient safety from an interprofessional perspective will also be explored. Students will use these skills to practice effectively within a diverse interprofessional environment.

PCPA1130Foundations of Assessment and History Taking
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Emergency Medical Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Patient assessment is one of the most important skills students learn as prehospital practitioners. It is the basis from which all other decisions are made. Students will apply techniques of auscultation as well as learn the signs and symptoms of disease. Vital signs and the art of documentation will also be discussed.

PCPA1240Trauma Emergency Care
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Emergency Medical Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will apply treatment skills and techniques necessary to provide emergency care to trauma patients. Intravenous (IV) therapy, basic cardiovascular life support, splinting of fractures, wound care, and pharmacologic treatment will be included. Laboratory and simulation activities will reinforce these skills. International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) basic certification will be obtained within this course.

PCPA1250Medical Emergency Care
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Emergency Medical Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will differentiate between various diseases and formulate a field impression of the medical patient. Students will also incorporate an emergency treatment plan for patients suffering a medical emergency.

Term 2

PCPA1290Clinical Experience
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Emergency Medical Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will receive clinical experience in both a hospital and ambulance setting. This experience is designed to allow students to integrate knowledge and skills acquired during previous courses into a practical setting.


Cost Per Credit: $308
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $970
Tuition Cap: $6,568

Mandatory Fees

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

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $2,775
Level 1 Term 2: $310

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019

Term Start Date: Aug 06, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: CL
International Applicants: CL

Entrance Requirements

  • Successful completion of Emergency Medical Responder or NAIT Medical First Responder program

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  • 18 Years of age - Students must turn 18 years of age prior to the program start date. A copy of a government-issued ID must be submitted.

  • 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. 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)

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Online Interview:

+The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.

+The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for applicants who complete their applications by February 15.

+Please refer to the Online Interview handout for more information

*Please note, in January, the EMT program will be delivering a part-time day offering. The August intake will remain evenings and weekends.

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

Applicants who complete their applications by the published deadline are interviewed and ranked. Final selections are based on the interview scores. Please refer to the Student Selection Criteria and Process 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

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.

  • Students who are enrolled in the Emergency Medical Responder or NAIT Medical First Responder program by the application deadline but have not yet completed the program, must submit proof of enrolment by the application deadline. Final proof of completion must be submitted by October 15th for the January intake and July 1st for the August intake.

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International Students

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


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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