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Health and Public Safety Program Orientation Requirements

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payments deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Plan ahead

You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation. 

Step one: Pre-practicum requirements 

Start on these steps early, as they may take several weeks to complete. 

Immunizations

(Not required for Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyle and Pharmacy Assistant program.)

Most practicum sites require students to demonstrate updated immunization status prior to attending practicum. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations.

As of November 2018, students have two options for determining proper immunizations. Once you have chosen an option, you must follow through with using the same provider or repay an assessment fee.  Immunizations may take time to process so it is important to start this process early.

Option one: contact SAIT Health Services

Students can contact SAIT Health Services prior to orientation week to make an appointment to have immunizations reviewed. All MDRT distance students will complete option one.

Fees

A $50 charge is associated with the review of vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges and will be collected at the time the vaccine is being given. We will advise you of the costs of the vaccines needed at your initial appointment. Some vaccine costs can be reimbursed through a drug plan.

Booking an appointment

Book an appointment by calling the SAIT Health Services Clinic at 403.284.8666. Once you book your appointment, fill out the online form located at campusvaccines.ca. Once the form is completed, a barcode will be generated. Save this barcode on your phone or print it. It will be scanned in at your appointment. More information about what to bring to the appointment and how to find your immunization records is on campusvaccines.ca.

Your appointment

  • Our team of knowledgeable pharmacists and nurses will review your immunization records as well as your health history and develop a plan to ensure you are cleared to go on your practicum.
  • We can provide you with a lab requisition form at your initial appointment. Our pharmacists can order lab work to check your antibody levels from your childhood vaccines. Depending on your antibody levels, you may not need to get booster doses of those vaccines. Lab work is covered under provincial health care programs, so even if you have out of province health care, you can go to the lab for no charge and get your levels checked. 
  • We may administer vaccines at the initial appointment or book a follow-up appointment at a time that works around your class schedule.
  • Our clinic will directly communicate with your academic chair when you have completed the process so you do not have to organize your records yourself.               
  • We can provide lab requisition forms so you do not need to book separate doctor appointments to get lab forms and the results.  

Campus vaccines are located on the SAIT campus in the SAIT Health Services Clinic (Room NR41, Senator Burns Building).

Option two: contact Alberta Health Services

Students can contact Alberta Health Services Traveler Health Services and Contracted Immunization Business Units (Sheldon Chumir Medical Centre) at 403.955.6777. 

Fees

A $70 assessment fee will be required for a review of vaccine history. A $25 fee will be charged for each immunization visit. 

If you choose this option, please review, download and follow the instructions in these forms:

Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check

(Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles students may skip this step.)

According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practical sites require students to obtain a Police Information Check (PIC) including Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC), prior to starting practicum.

  1. Read the PIC information sheet.
  2. Visit your local police or RCMP authority and pay for a PIC with VSC.
  3. Once you receive your PIC, present it along with picture identification to the student liaison located in room NL110, Senator Burns building.

The PIC must be dated no earlier than 90 days prior to your program orientation day. Failure to complete this process may lead to ineligibility for practicums.

Required forms

Visit our online forms system to complete and submit the required forms prior to orientation day.

Complete online forms

Health and wellness status

The healthcare field has a strong focus on health, wellness and fitness to practice due to the demanding nature of the work and Occupational Health and Safety requirements.

If you have a physical, emotional, or medical condition or disability that might impact you in a practicum or clinical setting, it is strongly advised to discuss your concern with the program chair and/or Accessibility Services as soon as possible once you have been accepted and prior to confirming a seat into the program.

  1. Read the health and wellness guidance document.
  2. Contact your Academic Chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services if you have a concern which might impact your ability to complete the program.

Step two: Prepare for orientation

Read the following resources that apply to all Health and Public Safety programs.

During the program, you may be expected to serve as a volunteer patient and have learning exercises performed on you by an instructor or other students. As a student and in the working world you will be required to work with individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, cultures, religions, and economic status. 

You may encounter infectious diseases through contact with patients, supplies, equipment, and biological specimens. To ensure your protection and the protection of others, you will be expected to practice universal precautions.

Preparation courses

It is recommended students take PREP 100 and ETHI 110. Learn more about these courses.

Required textbooks

The winter 2019 booklist will be available closer to your program start date. We recommend you wait to buy your textbooks until your first few days of classes. Textbooks can be purchased from the SAIT Bookstore.

Practicum placement agreements

A legal contract must cover the School of Health and Public Safety students who are participating in a clinical practicum rotation. The following two examples of contracts are for your reference and do not need to be printed or signed.

Step three: review other program requirements

Select your program below to see your orientation date, any additional supplies you may need, required or recommended preparation courses and who to contact if you have questions.

Dental Assisting

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Dental Health form - Your dentist will need to complete the following dental health form. The form needs to be returned on the day of your orientation.

Basic Life Support (BLS): Practicum placements and patient care clinics require students to provide proof of completion of the Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support Provider course. Students need to maintain current BLS certification throughout the practicum. Proof of completion must be provided to the School of Health and Public Safety prior to the first practicum visit or patient care clinic.

Required personal protective equipment: Personal protective equipment will be $50 or higher depending on individual requirements. Dental assistants must wear safety glasses or face shields during dental procedures. Glasses must have solid side shields and cannot be regular prescription glasses. Prescription lenses can be placed in safety glass frames, or the dental assistant can wear safety glasses which fit over prescription glasses or a face shield over safety glasses. 

Safety goggles and shield

Contact: 
Stacy Chaisson, Academic Chair
stacey.chaisson@sait.ca

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Basic Life Support (BLS): Practicum placements and patient care clinics require students to provide proof of completion of the Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support Provider course. Students need to maintain current BLS certification throughout the practicum. Proof of completion must be provided to the School of Health and Public Safety prior to the first practicum visit or patient care clinic.

Required equipment/tools:  You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wi-fi enabled tablet Apple tablet with the ability to run the most up to date operating system to support the CompTracker system. Any size of a tablet is acceptable. Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker. There is a required user license fee billed on a per-semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Students are also required to have access to a personal computer, printer, and internet for the duration of the program.

Contact:
Terry Ell, Academic Chair
terry.ell@sait.ca

Primary Care Paramedic (formerly Emergency Medical Technician) & Paramedic

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Required equipment/tools: You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wi-fi enabled Apple tablet with the ability to run the most up to date operating system to support the CompTracker system. Any size tablet is acceptable. Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker. There is a required user license fee billed on a per semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Required personal protective equipment/uniform: 

Print and take the uniform order form to Trademark Workwear Inc. to order your SAIT uniforms. Refer to the form for details and ensure you order your uniform early. 

UniformsUniforms

Contact:
Meena Kumar, Academic Chair
meena.kumar@sait.ca

Health Information Management

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Required equipment/tools: Students are required to have access to a computer with a Windows-based operating system.

Contact:
Stacey Chaisson, Academic Chair
stacey.chaisson@sait.ca

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

Orientation date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Contact:
Kimberley Wheelans, Academic Chair
kimberly.wheelans@sait.ca

Medical Laboratory Assistant

Orientation date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Required uniform: Your uniforms need to be purchased and worn for all laboratory sessions. You will receive further guidance with respect to your uniform at the program orientation.

Please do not purchase uniforms until you have received guidance at the program orientation in August for the fall intake or January for the winter intake.

Contact:
Kimberley Wheelans, Academic Chair
kimberly.wheelans@sait.ca

Medical Laboratory Technology

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Required equipment/tools: You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance during practicum using a tracking system called CompTracker.  Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Students are also required to have access to a personal computer, printer, and internet for the duration of the program.

Required uniform: Your uniforms need to be purchased and worn for all laboratory sessions. You will receive further guidance with respect to your uniform at the program-specific orientation. Please do not purchase uniforms until you have received guidance at the program-specific orientation in August.

Contact:
Kimberley Wheelans, Academic Chair
kimberly.wheelans@sait.ca 

Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk

Orientation date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success. 

Contact:
Stacey Chaisson, Academic Chair
stacey.chaisson@sait.ca

Medical Radiologic Technology

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Basic Life Support (BLS): Practicum placements and patient care clinics require students to provide proof of completion of the Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support Provider course. Students need to maintain current BLS certification throughout the practicum. Proof of completion must be provided to the School of Health and Public Safety prior to the first practicum visit or patient care clinic.

Required equipment/tools: You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance during practicum using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wi-fi enabled Apple tablet with the ability to run the most up to date operating system to support the CompTracker system. Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker. There is a required user license fee billed on a per semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Students are also required to have access to a personal computer, printer, and internet for the duration of the program.

Please print and/or save a digital copy of the Safety Code 35: Procedures for the Installation, Use and Control of X-ray Equipment in Large Medical Radiological Facilities from the Health Canada website. Have this ready for use in class at the start of the semester.

Required uniform: Please have the following uniform for the first day of labs.

  • scrub-style pants and tops, plain black in colour (coloured piping accents are acceptable)
  • conservative closed-toe and heel style footwear in plain white or black (no logos or stripes of colour,) runners or duty shoes
  • short black/white lab coat (optional)

Contact:
Terry Ell, Academic Chair
terry.ell@sait.ca

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Basic Life Support (BLS): Practicum placements and patient care clinics require students to provide proof of completion of the Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support Provider course. Students need to maintain current BLS certification throughout the practicum. Proof of completion must be provided to the School of Health and Public Safety prior to the first practicum visit or patient care clinic.

Required equipment/tools: You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance during practicum which is logged using a tracking system called CompTracker. There is a required user license fee billed on a per semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Students are also required to have access to a personal computer, printer, and internet for the duration of the program.

Please print and/or save a digital copy of the Safety Code 35: Procedures for the Installation, Use and Control of X-ray Equipment in Large Medical Radiological Facilities from the Health Canada website. Have this ready for use in class at the start of the semester.

Required uniform: In order to prepare for the classes that require the use of a uniform, please read the uniform requirements document.

NMT Uniforms

Contact:
Terry Ell, Academic Chair
terry.ell@sait.ca 

Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Contact:
Patricia Reader-Downey, Academic Chair
patricia.reader-downey@sait.ca

Pharmacy Assistant

Orientation date: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Required equipment/tools: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, printer, and internet for the duration of the program.

Contact:
Patricia Reader-Downey, Academic Chair
patricia.reader-downey@sait.ca

Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Basic Life Support (BLS): Practicum placements and patient care clinics require students to provide proof of completion of the Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support Provider course. Students need to maintain current BLS certification throughout the practicum. Proof of completion must be provided to the School of Health and Public Safety prior to the first practicum visit or patient care clinic.

Required equipment/tools: You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance during practicum which is logged using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wi-fi enabled tablet (Apple or Android) to support the CompTracker system. Any size tablet is acceptable. Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker. There is a required user license fee billed on a per semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Contact:
Patricia Reader-Downey, Academic Chair
patricia.reader-downey@sait.ca 

Respiratory Therapy

Orientation date: Fall 2019 orientation dates will be available in June 2019. 

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Basic Life Support (BLS): Practicum placements and patient care clinics require students to provide proof of completion of the Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support Provider course. Students need to maintain current BLS certification throughout the practicum. Proof of completion must be provided to the School of Health and Public Safety prior to the first practicum visit or patient care clinic.

Required equipment/tools: The clinical practicum experience includes rotations through adult intensive care, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, home care, surgical suite, and wards. You will be evaluated on your competency performance during practicum using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wi-fi enabled Apple tablet with the ability to run the most up to date operating system to support the CompTracker system.  Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker. There is a required user license fee billed on a per semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Students are also required to have access to a personal computer, printer, and internet for the duration of the program.

Required uniform: You will also need your uniform for orientation day,  the first day of classes, so order your uniform early. You are expected to wear scrubs for your labs, including the Centre for Advanced Patient Care Simulation and clinical experience.

These scrubs can be purchased at:

Universal Workwear
Bay 11, 2135-32nd Ave NE
Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3
Tel: (403) 717.3780
Toll-free: 1.866.442.7303

Part of your uniform is a stethoscope, which is also available at Universal Workwear.  Stethoscopes need to be brought to all patient assessment labs and simulation labs.

Students are also required to purchase Lab Supply Kits in semester one prior to attending their labs. Purchase these at the bookstore (who processes the payment) and then bring your receipt to room NR105 in the Senator Burns building where you will be given the lab kit once proof of purchase is confirmed.

Respiratory Therapy Uniforms

Contact:
Meena Kumar, Academic Chair
meena.kumar@sait.ca

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