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Emergency Medical Technician

Open for Fall 2017

Length: 10 Months
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Train in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care, including patient assessment and treatment of medical and traumatic emergencies, for a career in emergency medical services. This is a pre-requisite to enter SAIT’s Paramedic program.

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87%

Grad Employment Rate

$49,000

Median Starting Salary

Next Information Session

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,871
Year 1 (International): $14,692

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: an interview and quality of supporting documentation.

When can you apply?

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to April 30, 2017. 

Program Details

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Please note the educational steps for this profession:
  1. Emergency Medical Responder (176-hour certificate of achievement)
  2. Emergency Medical Technician (10-month certificate program)
  3. Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic (two-year diploma)

Program description

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program provides education and training for pre-hospital care professionals and prepares them to work within a multi-discipline healthcare team. This program is taught by experienced practitioners and covers all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care including Advanced Life Support (ALS) assistance, patient assessment, diagnostics, treatment and critical interventions.

The Emergency Medical Technician program is a competency-based, blended-delivery program which includes face-to-face and on-line learning components. Students must be motivated and organized as this program is fast-paced and requires a significant contribution of time to be successful.

Students will be required to:

  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Complete all work as assigned.
  • Attend mandatory class days for theory and psychomotor skills acquisition practice.
  • Attend full-time one clinical (hospital and/or urgent care based) practicum and one ambulance-specific practicum to apply the theory and skills learned under the direct supervision of a preceptor.

Note: Students may have to travel to rural Alberta to complete their practica based on practicum spot availability.

This program is offered in Calgary at SAIT.

The EMT program is a requirement for continuing into the Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic (EMT-P) program.

Your career

Graduates are prepared for careers in emergency medical services or on industrial sites in rural and urban settings throughout Canada, as well as internationally.

Student success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.
  • Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
  • Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.
  • The student must be a highly motivated and well-organized individual to succeed in this self-directed, non-traditional delivery model.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Emergency Medical Technician certificate. All graduates are eligible and required to register with the Alberta College of Paramedics to work in Alberta as an EMT.

Accreditation

The Emergency Medical Technician program delivered by SAIT is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association at the Primary Care Paramedic level and meets the Alberta College of Paramedics core competency requirements.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to April 30, 2017.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in each of the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • Biology 30 or Science 30
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • Students must be 18 years old by January 1 (second semester of the EMT program).
  • Proof of current registration as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) by April 30.

Competitive Entry: Six Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Selection criteria

Applicants that meet the admission requirements will proceed to the interview phase of the selection process. Applicants will be expected to present an updated resumé with supporting documentation at the interview. They will then be ranked using the following criteria:

  • Written examination: 25%
  • Written questionnaire: 25%
  • Related first response/Emergency Medical Technician experience: 35%
  • References: 15%

Selection

  • Selection will be done on a continuous basis starting in November.
  • Applicants must be registered as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP). 
  • You will receive a selection package with complete instructions pertaining to the selection process. Your selection will be determined based on following those instructions and the quality of materials submitted in the selection process.
  • Successful candidates must sign a practicum agreement contract prior to final acceptance into the program. Students must fulfill the required qualifying criteria as outlined in the practicum agreement by providing proof prior to starting practicum. Students who are unable to comply with the components of the agreement may be unable to complete their clinical placement and therefore unable to graduate from the program.
  • Practicum placements are assigned by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and may be located throughout the province of Alberta. AHS will endeavor to locate practicum placements in the Calgary region. There may be opportunity in boarding provinces for placements. 
  • Orientation is mandatory.

Selection priority

Final selection recommendations may give consideration to community and regional distribution.

Step 4: Apply to Emergency Medical Technician and submit your transcripts

Step 5: Complete the Selection Package.

  • Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection." If your status indicates you're "In Selection", then you will receive the selection package via the email you provided in your application. 
  • Applicants who fail to complete the selection package will be excluded from selection.

Step 6: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Practicum Requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as relocation and travel costs. In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Current Heart and Stroke Foundation Health Care Provider Level (C) CPR must be valid for the duration of your practicum. SAIT offers the above CPR course on a continuous basis (CPRS 212 Health Care Provider). Please note that only Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada CPR certification will be accepted.
  • Updated Immunization Records: Most practicum sites require students to demonstrate updated immunization status prior to attending practicum. Successful candidates will be asked to provide an up-to-date immunization record to the SAIT Health Clinic as part of the program orientation. Failure to do so could jeopardize a student's ability to complete the practicum portion of his/her program. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations. Please review the immunization process document for specific details. It is advised to start the immunization process early as it can take some time to complete.
  • Security Clearance: According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practica sites require that students obtain a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, prior to going on practicum. Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student's entry into practicum, and therefore will result in an uncompleted program or non-graduating status. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a clear Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check record to the School of Health and Public Safety main office by orientation day. Please review the security clearance process document for specific details. Be aware that record must be dated no earlier than 90 days prior to your program orientation day (typically orientation day is held the week prior to the first day of class).
  • N95 Respiratory Mask: Fit testing is done to determine which make and model of N95 respiratory mask should be used by an individual. In compliance with Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009, students are fit-tested for respiratory masks prior to their practica. Occupational Health and Safety Bulletin, Respiratory Protective Equipment: An Employer's Guide states the effectiveness of the respiratory protective equipment depends on an effective face piece seal to the skin of the face. The mask must be tight enough so that the person is breathing only air which has been filtered. The seal is dependent on facial differences (shape or size) or facial hair. Facial hair must be removed where the mask contacts the face for the test. Failure to adequately fit an N95 mask may result in a restricted practicum and\or limited employment. Additionally, a student may need to be tested again in two years or if there are changes to the face which impact the ability of the respirator to form an effective seal (e.g. Weight gain/loss, growth of facial hair, dental surgery, or facial scarring). 
  • Health and Wellness Status:Due to the demanding nature of the work in the health care field and Occupational Health and Safety requirements, the health care field has a strong focus on health and wellness. Students with a medical condition or disability that may impact them in a practicum setting are strongly advised to discuss concerns with the program academic chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Please review the attached document for guidance on entering an allied health program with a medical condition or disability. 

More details on the practica requirements per program are outlined on a pre-orientation website for successful candidates.

Courses

Program outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder

Semester 1 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ANPH-201 Physiology & Physical Assessment 1.5
EMRG-223 Basic Pharmacology 1.5
EMRG-230 Community Integration 1.5
EMRG-233 Respiratory Emergencies 3.0
EMRG-236 EMT Lab 1 3.0
EMRG-244 Professional Practice 1 1.5
EMRG-262 Cardiac Emergencies 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 

Semester 2 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
EMRG-227 Traumatic Emergencies 3.0
EMRG-249 Medical Emergencies 1 3.0
EMRG-251 Medical Emergencies 2 3.0
EMRG-266 EMT Lab 2 3.0
FTNS-202 Fitness and Wellness 1.5
PRAC-242 Clinical Practicum 1.5
Semester 2 - 3 (Spans two semesters)
PRAC-252 Ambulance Practicum 3.0
Semester 2 Total 18.0

 

Semester 3 - Spring

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
EMRG-265 Professional Practice 2 1.5
Semester 3 Total 1.5
Program Total 34.5

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $3,928 $420 $523 $4,871

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $13,749 $420 $523 $14,692

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $260

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • CPRS 212 Health Care Provider course in CPR. Annual update required (CPRS 222 Health Care Provider Renewal). All CPR courses must be from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Call SAIT Life Support Training at 403.210.4009 for further information.
  • There is a fee for the Alberta College of Paremedics (ACP) provincial exam and an annual registration fee. Please contact ACP for more information
  • ACP annual registration fees are approximately $425 (initial registration fee is approximately $475).
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum including relocation costs to practicum sites outside Calgary.
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a police information check including Vulnerable Sector Check and is payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Books and supplies cost approximately $1,900 for the program.
  • Students must also purchase a uniform (jacket, pants, shirt, belt, and boots) for approximately $500-$700.
  • Students must have a personal computer and access to the Internet. Most classes are taught at SAIT, but some require online access. All courses require additional self‐study.
  • Students require an Apple personal digital assistant (iPad) to support the Comp Tracker system.
  • There is a $75 Comp Tracker user fee per semester.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca