Emergency Medical Technician

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 assist, 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 online 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.

The EMT program will be evaluating student competency and performance using a competency tracking system called Comp Tracker. Students are required to have an Apple personal digital assistant (iPad) to support the Comp Tracker system while in the classroom/lab and at practicum sites.

This program is offered in Calgary at SAIT Polytechnic.

The successful completion of the Emergency Medical Technician 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 fast-paced program.
  • Due to the physical nature of the work required in emergency medical services, the EMT program has a strong focus on physical fitness and wellness.