School of Health and Life Sciences

Advanced Care Paramedic

Sep 07, 2021
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Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery methods for Fall 2021 and later have not been confirmed. Delivery shown is based on current delivery methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NAIT Paramedic program provides you with the advanced-care skills necessary to treat a variety of medical emergencies.

You’ll learn how to diagnose and treat patients in a variety of situations from cardiac care to pediatrics to pharmacology and large-scale trauma. As a paramedic, you’ll be on the front line of Alberta’s medical emergencies and be called upon to give treatment to those in critical need across the province. You'll also be called upon to assist hospital personnel with medical treatments if necessary; and aid in the triage of emergency patients .

Did you know

AC-P is the final step in Alberta’s pre-hospital training. You must complete the PCP program first.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

In the Paramedic program you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and learn procedures in emergency care, emergency equipment and mobile communication systems. You’ll also experience a heavy emphasis on fitness, as the Paramedic program is a physically demanding profession.

Training will be provided both at NAIT and in the field at hospitals, advanced support ambulance services and other allied emergency services. Some courses will involve weekend and shift work and you may be required to travel outside of Edmonton for your practicum placement.

You can expect to spend, on average:

  • 28 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
  • 15 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments
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Open Studies Pathway

You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Upon graduation, you may find employment in ambulance services that provide service in a hospital, health care centre or private industry setting. As a paramedic, you will provide both basic and advanced prehospital life support to those who may be sick or injured. 

After successful completion of training, you’ll be eligible to write the Alberta College of Paramedics provincial certification exam. Successful completion and ongoing membership in the Alberta College of Paramedics is required for employment in Alberta.

Paramedic Simulation Centre

Industry standard credentials

Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) provincial certification exam - After successful completion of training, graduates are eligible to write the ACP provincial certification exam. Successful completion and membership in good standing with the ACP is required for employment in Alberta.

Please refer to the Alberta College of Paramedics website to learn more about their requirements for licensing/mandatory registration and declaration of conduct, which may include disclosure of information related to criminal convictions and professional misconduct or incompetence as well as any personal factors that could impact the ability to practice safely

Professional Association Courses

Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) - offers courses to paramedics.

 Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit or contact

For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact

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Have questions? We've got answers

If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Paramedic program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.


Tel: 780.471.8970

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.