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School of Health and Life Sciences

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The School of Health and Life Sciences has a rich tradition of educating allied health care professionals. Our graduates play a vital role in communities, filling a wide range of essential clinical and support roles in industries and facilities across Alberta and beyond.

We use simulations with state-of-the-art equipment, models and actors providing scenarios in a safe and controlled environment. 

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At the School of Health and Life Sciences, we are dedicated to being a leader in health education, supporting the growth of essential health professions and applied research in Alberta and across the globe.

Our focus is on developing an exceptionally-skilled workforce, aligned directly with health care industry needs, now and in the future, and we are recognized in Canada for the development and delivery of accredited allied health programs that compete worldwide. 

Denise MacIver, CRGS, CRCS, B.Ed, M.Ed
Dean, School of Health and Life Sciences

Featured Programs

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Prepares students to conduct ultrasound examinations, focusing on obstetrics and gynecology, abdomen and superficial structures, cardiac sonography and vascular sonographic studies.

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists are life-supporting health-care professionals dedicated to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders

Animal Health Technology

Provides nursing care, diagnostic procedures and client interactions to assist veterinarians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in animals.

Get credit for prior experiences

Not everyone studying at NAIT has just graduated from high school. Knowledge and skills are gained in different ways, including through life and work experiences. 

It's possible that your past experiences could grant you credit or recognition for prior learning, whether achieved through formal or informal training or experience.

Learn more about Recognition of Prior Learning 

Centre for Advanced Medical Simulation 

The Simulation Centre at NAIT is a state-of-the-art interactive and interdisciplinary centre that gives students in the School of Health and Life Sciences the opportunity to practice clinical situations in a safe and controlled environment. Located in the Centre for Applied Technology (CAT), the Simulation Centre offers over 6,000 square feet of learning space with true-to-life work experiences for students and partners.

Learn more about NAIT's Simulation Centre

Beyond the Classroom 

The School of Health and Life Scienes provides a wealth of hands-on learning opportunities, practical experience with the equipment and technology used in today's medical facilities, and working with real patients in a controlled teaching environment.  Ensuring that as students you'll have both the in-depth knowledge and the hands-on skillset necessary to give you a valuable head start in building a strong career. 

Learn more about  our hands-on learning experiences