Full-time Course Load

How many credits do I need to be a full-time student at NAIT? 

You are considered a full-time student when you are enrolled in at least 60% of a full course load per term.

To determine the minimum number of credits you require to be considered a full-time student for your program, please refer to the table below. If your credits per term are equivalent to or greater than those listed in the table, you will be considered a full-time student.

Prior to Spring 2021, a student was  considered full-time if they were enrolled in at least 9 credits (eg. three 3-credit courses). If you were considered a full-time student for previous semesters*, your status for these semesters will not change.

Please note that NAIT’s definition of a full-time student may not be the same as student aid.

Programs with additional credit requirements

To be eligible for student aid for these programs, students are required to take more credits than those identified below. Please email financialaid@nait.ca to learn more. These programs are noted with an asterisk* in the list below.

  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management
  • Chemical Engineering Technology
  • Denturist Technology
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Primary Care Paramedic

Co-op, work placement or clinical 

If you are enrolled in a co-op/work placement or clinical, your required number of credits may differ from the below.  You will be considered a full-time student if your work placement is 35 hours per week or more. 

If you require a letter confirming your status as a full-time student, you can request a customized Confirmation of Enrollment letter using the online Contact Form. Select topic: Enrollment/Education Verification, subcategory Confirmation of Enrollment letter

Students with provisional admission

Business Administration students with provisional admission to the program must enrol in 3 business classes or 3 English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to be considered full-time.**

Verifying your NAIT full-time status

You can use your Confirmation of Enrolment in MyNAIT to verify your full-time status for each term.

In your MyNAIT portal, select Open Self Service, choose Manage classes and select Confirmation of Enrolment.

Full-time course load requirements by program

Use the table below to check the number of credits you will need to take each academic term to be considered a full-time student at NAIT.
 

Program

Fall & Winter:
Minimum credits required per term

Spring & Summer:
Minimum credits required per term

Academic Upgrading 9 4.5
Advanced Care Paramedic 10.5 5
Advanced Plumbing Technology 9 4.5
Advanced Welding 9 4.5
Alternative Energy Technology 9 4.5
Animal Health Technology 10.5 5
Applied Financial Services 9 4.5
Architectural Technology 10.5 5
Automotive Service Technology 9 4.5
Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology 9 4.5
Bachelor of Business Administration 9 4.5
Bachelor of Technology 9 4.5
Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management 9 4.5
Baking and Pastry Arts 9 4.5
Biological Sciences Technology 9 4.5
Biomedical Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Biomedical Engineering Technology Co-op 10.5 5
Building Environmental Systems Technology 10.5 5
Business Administration** 9 4.5
Captioning and Court Reporting 9 4.5
Chemical Engineering Technology* 10.5 5
Chemical Technology 10.5 5
Chemical Technology Co-op 10.5 5
Civil Engineering Technology 15 7.5
Civil Engineering Technology Co-op 15 7.5
CNC Machinist Technician 9 4.5
Computer Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Computer Engineering Technology Co-op 10.5 5
Computer Network Administrator 9 4.5
Construction Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Culinary Arts 12.5 6
Cybersecurity 9 4.5
Data Analytics 9 4.5
Dental Assisting Technology 10.5 5
Dental Technology 10.5 5
Denturist Technology* 10 5
Diagnostic Medical Sonography 10.5 5
Digital Media and IT 10.5 5
Digital Media and IT Co-op 10.5 5
Disaster and Emergency Management 9 4.5
Electrical Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Electrical Installations Technology 9 4.5
Electronics Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Electronics Engineering Technology Co-op 10.5 5
Engineering Design Technology 10.5 5
Forest Technology 9 4.5
Geological Technology 10.5 5
Geomatics Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Graphic Communications 9 4.5
HVAC Refrigeration Technician 9 4.5
Hospitality Management 9 4.5
Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology 9 4.5
Instrumentation Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Instrumentation Engineering Technology Co-op 10.5 5
Interior Design Technology 10.5 5
Landscape Architectural Technology 10.5 5
Laboratory and X-Ray Technology Combined 10.5 5
Magnetic Resonance* 9 4.5
Magnetic Resonance Imaging* 11.5 5.5
Materials Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Mechanical Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Medical Laboratory Assisting 9 4.5
Medical Laboratory Technology 10.5 5
Medical Radiologic Technology 10.5 5
Millwork and Carpentry 9 4.5
Nanosystems Engineering Technology 9 4.5
Network Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Network Engineering Technology Co-op 10.5 5
Occupational Health and Safety 9 4.5
Open Studies 9 4.5
Optical Sciences - Contact Lenses 12.5 6
Optical Sciences - Eyeglasses 11 5.5
Personal Fitness Trainer 9 4.5
Petroleum Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Photographic Technology 9 4.5
Power Engineering Certificate 10.5 5
Power Engineering Technology 10.5 5
Pre-Employment - Auto Body Repair 9 4.5
Pre-Employment ? Automotive Service Technician 15.5 7.5
Primary Care Paramedic* 9 4.5
Professional Meat Cutting & Merchandising 9 4.5
Radio and Television 14.5 7
Respiratory Therapy 10.5 5
Veterinary Medical Assistant 9 4.5
Water and Wastewater Technician 16.5 8
Wireless Systems Engineering Technology 10.5 5
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