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Unique Pathways & Off-campus Education Exploratory - Foundations in Emergency Care

Exploratory - Foundations in Emergency Care


Students will focus on entry-level training required for working in the field of emergency pre-hospital care. Topics covered include emergency medical services, patient assessment, basic life support, therapies, trauma and medical emergencies, emergency childbirth, geriatrics, environmental emergencies, special situations, anatomy and physiology and professionalism. Training will include the following:

  • Standard First Aid (includes CPR)
  • Emergency Response Fundamentals (EMERG 001)
  • Advanced First Aid Response or Emergency First Aid
  • Students will have the option to challenge the exam for Advanced First Aid/MFR (EMERG 002).

Learning from this program may lead students on the following pathway forward:

  • Once students receive their Advanced First Aid Certificate from this program, they can apply to the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) class (offered at SAIT and also through other providers). 
  • Once students have their ITLS (above), they can challenge the exam for Medical First Responder (MFR). If successful, they would earn their MFR certificate, which is necessary in order to continue to move through to other levels of becoming a paramedic. 
    • Note: If a student does not want to challenge the exam for MFR, they can also apply to get into the EMR program (and will have covered most of the content already!). Due to industry standards, admission to the EMR program requires that students be 18 years old and must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license.
  • Once students have their Medical First Responder certificate, they can apply to Primary Care Paramedic (formerly EMT). They need to work in Primary Care Paramedicine for one year before applying to Advanced Care Paramedic. 
  • See the following pages from for more information:

Program Ben​e​​fits

  • Learn valuable skills in emergency care
  • Gain industry-recognized credentials
  • Earn high school credits  
  • Learn about on-going opportunities and experience post-secondary learning environments 
  • Taught by experienced instructors who are connected to industry and support students in making meaningful connections to career pathways

  • Credits - up to 14 credits
    in CTS and Work Experience
    ​(attendance dependent)

Program ​Da​​tes

  • Semester 2 (February to May 2023), Monday to Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Program Deliv​​ery and Location

  • In-person on SAIT’s main campus (1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB).

Student Elig​ibi​lity

Open to CBE high school students who:

  • are in Grade 11 or 12 during the program
  • are enthusiastic and eager to explore the pathway of emergency care
  • ​​​have completed the following Pre-requisite courses:
    • HC​S3000 – Workplace Safety Systems (available through home high school Off-campus Coordinator or Guidance Counsellor).
  • ​are on track to complete the following courses:
    • Biology 30 or Science 30
    • Math 20-1 o​r 20-2
    • English 30-1 or 30-2


  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT main campus each day (1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB).​

  • How to Apply

    • The application deadline for February 2023 programming has now passed. Please talk to your home high school Off-campus Coordinator or Guidance Counsellor to start planning for future programs!
    • Applications for Summer and Fall 2023 programs will be posted in Spring 2023 – check back often!
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