Apr 10, 2020  
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Technician

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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 (ALS) assistance, 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 on-line 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 skill 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 anywhere in Alberta to complete their practica based on practicum spot availability.

This program is offered in Calgary at SAIT Polytechnic.

The EMT program is a requirement for continuing into the Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic (EMT-P) program.

Program Overview

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.

  • Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician program have a 91% employment rate

Student Success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT’s 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 self-directed, non-traditional delivery model.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Emergency Medical Technician certificate. All graduates are eligible and required to register with the Alberta College of Paramedics to work in Alberta as an EMT.


The Emergency Medical Technician program delivered by SAIT is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association at the Primary Care Paramedic level and meets the Alberta College of Paramedics core competency requirements.


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in each of the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • Biology 30 or Science 30
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • Students must be 18 years old by January 1 (second semester of the EMT program).
  • Proof of completion of an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certificate by April 30.

Program Outline

Total Credits 34.5

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