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Dual-Credit Healthcare Career Essentials

Length: 1 Semester
Credential: Certificate
Available: Classroom

Program Highlights

Prepare to enter the healthcare field, explore topics relating to medical terminology, infection control, anatomy and physiology, and gain hands-on experience in our medical simulation lab.

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Program length

  • Dual-Credit Healthcare Career Essentials is offered over one semester. 
  • Requires commitment of four mornings per week at the SAIT campus (Monday through Thursday, plus approximately two additional Friday mornings) throughout the program.
Term Program start
Fall 2019 Sept. 9, 2019
Winter 2020 Feb. 3, 2020

Who is this program for?

Students in Grade 11 or 12 who:

  • have strong communication skills and who are comfortable interacting with a variety of clients 
  • can respond well in stressful situations
  • can concentrate on detailed work, who are patient and who can problem-solve.

Program description

This program will help prepare students to enter the healthcare field. They will develop knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and use our technology-enriched medical labs to learn applied skills in infection prevention and control.

Your career

This program can be the first step toward a wide variety of healthcare-related careers, by providing opportunities to develop essential knowledge and skills in diagnostic imaging, paramedicine, respiratory therapy, dental, pharmacy and other exciting career options.


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to receive a SAIT Certificate of Achievement. Course credits earned in this program may also count toward other healthcare programs at SAIT. In addition, students may be eligible to apply for transfer credit at a variety of other post-secondary institutions. For competitive programs, applicants with this credential may stand out from the crowd.

Co-requisite requirements

In order to be eligible for a SAIT credential, students must successfully pass the following courses or equivalents with an overage average of at least 50%:

  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2

There may be other pre-requisite or co-requisites required by the school board for admission into this dual-credit program. Check with your local school board for further information.

To qualify for graduation from SAIT, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete the course requirements within the prescribed timelines. 


Course Code Course Name
MEDT 211 Medical Terminology 1 
PROF 240 Healthcare Professionalism
INFC 215 Infection Prevention & Control
ANPH 209 Anatomy & Physiology
MSIM 001 Medical Simulation Lab


Students who complete the dual-credit Healthcare Career Essentials are eligible to earn:

  • up to 20 high school credits
  • a SAIT Certificate of Achievement


Dual Credit 

To learn more about all dual-credit opportunities currently offered in Alberta, visit Alberta Dual Credit.

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