Program delivery methods for Fall 2021 and later have not been confirmed. Delivery shown is based on current delivery methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. Primary Care Paramedic (formerly known as Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance) training utilizes the facilities at NAIT, active treatment hospitals, basic and advanced life support ambulance services and other allied emergency services.
In addition to the program being offered twice a year at its main campus, NAIT also offers the program twice per year in partnership with Lethbridge College and once per year in partnership with Lakeland College as part of its 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 Accreditation Canada (under the Equal Canada Program). 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 held in the evenings and weekends during the January intake. Classes 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.
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.