Meeting the requirements for pre-practicum

As part of the pre-practicum preparation process, you will be required to collect specific health and non-health-related documents necessary for the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placement (Practicum). These documents ensure you meet your placement requirements, and it is safe for you to work in their setting.

In the email communication about program and practicum requirements, you will receive all the information and the deadlines you need to complete your pre-practicum requirements successfully.

If you haven’t received this email by the start of your Program, please reach out to the Work Integrated Learning Administrator.

Requirements per program

Refer to the table below for your program-specific documentation requirements that will need to be validated.

Immunizations CPR Certificate N95 Mask-fit testing Police Information Check Standard First Aid
Advanced and Primary Care Paramedic Yes Yes Yes Yes n/a
Dental Assisting Yes Yes n/a Yes n/a
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Yes Yes Yes Yes n/a
Early Childhood Education n/a Yes n/a Yes Yes
Fitness and Wellness Management n/a Yes n/a Yes Yes
Health Care Leadership* n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Health Information Management Yes n/a n/a Yes n/a
Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Yes  n/a n/a Yes  n/a
Medical Laboratory Assistant Yes n/a Yes Yes n/a
Medical Laboratory Technology Yes n/a Yes Yes n/a
Medical Office Assistant & Unit Clerk Yes n/a n/a Yes n/a
Medical Radiologic Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes n/a
Nuclear Medicine Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes n/a
Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting n/a n/a n/a Yes n/a
Optician n/a n/a n/a Yes n/a
Pharmacy Assistant n/a n/a n/a Yes n/a
Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Yes Yes Yes Yes n/a
Respiratory Therapy Yes Yes Yes Yes n/a

Preparing your documents

Most programs at the SAIT School of Health and Public Safety require healthcare students to provide an updated immunization status, according to AHS standards and the standards of SAIT practicum partners. Please note that practicum placements may be refused to students who are not compliant with this standard.

Refer to the AHS list of immunizations recommended for students to learn more.

As immunizations may take up to 6 months to be completed, it is important to consult the SAIT health clinic immediately after being admitted to a program.

Steps to complete your immunizations

1. Prepare your documents

Can't find your records? Central records may be able to help you.

  • Calgary: 403.214.3641,
  • Edmonton: 780.413.7985.
  • myhealthrecords
  • Outside of Calgary: contact your local health unit or the healthcare professions/agency that immunized you. Central records in Calgary may also be able to assist.

2. Book a consultation appointment with the SAIT health clinic

Call the SAIT health clinic to schedule your immunization consultation appointment with a nurse.

SAIT health clinic phone number: 403-284-8666 (no voicemail can be left)
Clinic hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • If you have any questions about your program's immunizations, please ask the nurse during your appointment or call the clinic.
  • If you need to reschedule your consultation or immunization appointment, call SAIT health clinic at 403-284-8666 as soon as possible.
  • Note: a $25 no-show fee will be applied if you miss your consultation appointment or do not cancel within 48 hours prior to your appointment.
Once your appointment date is booked:
Once your appointment date is booked:

3. Getting additional immunizations

If you require additional vaccines, the nurse will discuss your options and will develop an immunization plan.

  • Immunizations are administered through the SAIT health clinic. Speak with your nurse to schedule your immunization appointments
Immunization plan
  • Blood work or x-rays: if blood work or x-rays are required before immunizations can be administered, SAIT health clinic will provide you with a requisition document. You are responsible for booking lab appointments and completing requisite blood work as soon as possible.
    • Lab work is covered under provincial health care programs, so even if you have out-of-province health care, you may go to the lab for no charge and get your levels tested. You must take your hard copy provincial health care card with you.
    • The results of the lab work will be sent back to SAIT health clinic directly.
  • Boosters: after lab results are received, SAIT health services clinic will book immunization appointments in alignment with program requirements. Depending on your antibody levels, booster doses of some vaccines may not be needed.
  • If you are residing outside of Calgary health zone (beyond city limits – please see: Calgary zone map and brochure, the immunization process may be started at a more convenient location, following the consultation appointment with SAIT health services. Once your classes start, SAIT's health clinic will take over and administer any incomplete required immunizations.

Obtain an immunization clearance letter from SAIT health services

  • Once SAIT health clinic determines that you have met the immunization requirements for your Program, they will provide you with an immunization clearance letter.
  • You will need to get this letter verified as part of your pre-practicum requirements.

SAIT health clinic immunization administration costs

  • An initial $85 fee applies to review the vaccines and medical history during your consultation appointment.
  • There is an immunization fee of $30 per appointment.
  • An additional immunization fee of $5 per vaccine for any vaccine administered the same day. If multiple appointments are required to complete the immunization protocol, the same fees apply for each appointment.

Note: if you live in the Calgary health zone, to limit costs, use the SAIT health clinic as the cost of the vaccine is not charged to students; only administration fees will be charged. If vaccines are administered at a pharmacy, travel clinic, or a physician’s office, the cost may be significantly higher as you will be paying the cost of the vaccine, in addition to possible administration fees. If you live outside of the Calgary zone, book with a public health unit in your area.

Payment may be made to the SAIT Health Clinic using one of the following methods:

  • Debit, Visa or MasterCard credit cards, pre-loaded Visa, or MasterCard gift credit card with enough funds to cover the appointment costs, and any associated activation fees. Some banking institutions or most retailers (grocery stores, drug stores) offer bank-issued, re-loadable cards. There is an activation fee associated with pre-loading a temporary Visa or MasterCard, depending on the type of card.

If the costs associated with your required immunizations are a financial burden, please contact SAIT accessibility services or your academic chair of your program to discuss further.

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 medical condition or disability that might impact you in a practicum or clinical setting, it is strongly advised to discuss your concern with 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 that might impact your ability to complete the program.

Current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS provider CPR must be valid for the duration of your practicum. To find a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada BLS Provider course in your area contact 1.877.473.0333 or find a course on

Please note, with the exception of the Dental Assisting program, only the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada BLS Provider CPR certification will be accepted.

Dental Assisting: For this program only, Heart & Stroke is preferred, but any Healthcare Provider CPR (Level C) will also be accepted, provided it contains the following:

  • One and two-person rescuer chest compressions for adults, children and infants
  • One and two-person rescuer adult, child, and infant bag valve mask technique and rescue breathing
  • Relief of choking in adults, children and infants
  • Use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

Fit testing is arranged for students to complete at the SAIT campus with program staff prior to practicum, as per Alberta’s occupational health and safety code 2009. Testing is done to determine which make and model of an N95 respiratory mask should be used by an individual.

What the N95 mask fit test will determine:

  • Is the seal tight enough so that the person is breathing only air which has been filtered?
  • Does the mask fit well for the face shape?
  • Does any facial hair interfere with the seal?
  • Have there been any significant changes to face shape in the past two years which may require another fit test to be done? (e.g. weight gain/loss, the growth of facial hair, dental surgery, or facial scarring).

Failure to complete an N95 mask fit test may result in a restricted practicum and/or limited employment.

According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practicum sites require Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) students to provide proof of a clear criminal record, that is valid for the entire length of their program.

Depending on your program, you will need to apply for a Police Information Check (PIC), or a Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search (PIC with VSS). Students in the Health Care Leadership Program do not need to obtain a Police Information Check.

  1. Read the PIC information sheet for detailed information on the requirements for a Police Information Check for your Program.
  2. Apply for a PIC at your place of residence. You can apply in-person at any local police station/RCMP detachment or online if this service is available. Calgary residents can apply online with Calgary police services.
  3. You are going to receive an “Unpaid practicum letter” and detailed instructions on the application process from the WIL Administrator in the Practicum Readiness Requirements email 3 months before the deadline to be ready for Practicum.

Your Police Information Check must be dated as outlined in your Practicum Readiness Package. Failure to complete this process may lead to ineligibility for practicums.

How do I submit my required practicum documents?

SAIT has partnered with Synergy Gateway, an online platform to assist you in the successful completion of these requirements. It allows you to upload your required practicum documents and have them validated online.

Verifying your Practicum Readiness Documentation with Synergy Gateway.

Synergy Gateway is the online platform our students use to get their Practicum Readiness Documents verified. The process is called Electronic Record Verification (ERV.) Synergy Gateway is available through a secure username and password.

Login instructions will be emailed to your SAIT email account prior to the start of your program. Once you receive your login information, make sure to create a student profile.

Preparing for your ERV:

  1. Confirm that you have received your login information from Synergy. If you cannot locate this information, please contact Synergy, and open a Helpdesk ticket.
  2. Collect all required Practicum Readiness Documents by the given deadline, listed in the “Program and Practicum Readiness Package” email communication. You will receive this email three months before the start of your program.
    • If you are unable to locate this email by the start of your program, please reach out to: Start the process early, as some requirements may take extended time (Immunization requirements, Police Information Check).
  3. Upload your Practicum Readiness Documents into your Synergy Account. Check the “Important Forms” and “Video Library” sections on the left side of the Dashboard, for information on how to upload your documents.
  4. Book an ERV appointment by using the Scheduler tab and get your Practicum Readiness Documents verified before the given deadline. Verifying your documents is an online process that you do not need to attend. Synergy will notify you about your ERV's result in two business days.
  5. You will need to pay a fee to get your documents verified. To avoid paying additional appointment fees, ensure all your Practicum Readiness Documents have been uploaded prior to your ERV appointment.
Electronic Records Verification (ERV) Service Fee Initial Appointment Follow up appointment
Personal Information: Certifications, Declarations, Consents, and other non-PHI requirements $27.50 $10
Personal Information: PHI, including Immunization and Vaccination requirements, and other Personal information (PI) $51 $10

Students must renew their expired certifications to continue to be eligible for practicum placement. Upon renewal, certificates must be validated with Synergy with a follow-up appointment.

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.

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.

Health and Public Safety programs will organize one work-integrated learning placement (practicum/clinical placement) for a student. Should the student decline the practicum placement, for any reason other than a protected ground, or should the placement be withdrawn from the student due to safety or behavioural concerns, the program will not support the placement of the student in a second work-integrated learning opportunity.

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 statuses. 

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