Learn foundational skills and knowledge in emergency medical response, including first aid and CPR, in this blended, online and classroom-based program.
This program primarily covers the CPR and first aid (basic and advanced) aspects of emergency medical response training, including includes emergency medical services, ambulance operations, patient assessment, basic life support, trauma and medical emergencies, geriatrics, environmental, psychological, and special situations.
Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) are an essential part of the foundation of Emergency Medical Services in Canada. EMRs are often associated with volunteer emergency services organizations, and in rural or remote areas may be the sole provider of emergency services in a community. Often termed “first responders”, EMRs may be responsible for initial assessments, the provision of safe and appropriate care, and arranging or providing the safe transport of a patient to the appropriate health-care facility.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to receive a SAIT Certificate of Achievement. Students may also earn work experience and/or CTS credits at the high school level.
School board partners
SAIT currently offers youth foundations programs within the following school board jurisdictions.
- Calgary Board of Education
- Calgary Catholic School District
- Palliser Regional School District
- Foothills Academy Society
- Rockyview School Division
Is this the right fit for me?
This programs is for students in Grade 11 or 12 who:
- are able to work under pressure and in stressful conditions
- have strong communication and interpersonal skills
- are considering a career relating to emergency medical response and/or related healthcare fields
- Foundations in Emergency Medical Response is offered over one semester.
- Requires a commitment of fourteen (14) face-to-face sessions at SAIT campus throughout the program.
How to Apply
Students interested in youth foundations studies should contact their career practitioner, high school counselor or off-campus coordinator.
The selection of high school students for youth foundations programs is determined by each school board. School boards will take into account different criteria, such as attendance, ability to commit to the program, and if the student is on-track to complete any other classes.
School boards will provide prospective high school students with deadlines for program application and registration. Once selected by the school board, students will need to register for the youth foundations program with SAIT.
Students who have successfully been selected to participate in youth foundations studies will receive detailed information about the registration and orientation processes.