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Programs 41-60
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Medical Laboratory Assisting
As part of the Health Care Team in the laboratory, the assistant is trained in collection of specimens from patients, the initial processing and preparation of specimens for analysis, data entry, clerical and reception services, performance of ECGs, and specified basic laboratory procedures.
Since the assistant is generally the only laboratory staff that is in direct contact with the public, strong interpersonal skills and professional conduct are extremely important.
This program responds to high employer needs in central and northern Alberta, as well as in other areas provincially and interprovincially.

Medical Transcription

The objective of this one-year program is to train the student to be a medical language specialist for employment in hospitals, medical offices, insurance companies, and a variety of other settings in which graduates of this program are required. The student learns medical transcription, word processing, medical office administration, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and disease processes.

Dental Assisting Program

The Dental Assisting Program is designed to provide students with the skills, technical knowledge and clinical experience necessary to become an effective member of the dental health care team. The dental assistant promotes oral health by providing direct patient care, chairside assistance and dental education. Additional responsibilities include practice management, marketing and laboratory procedures.
Through competency based learning and clinical experience, the student develops dental assisting skills. Students in the program receive experience in chairside procedures, providing patient care, asepsis and safety protocols as well as reception responsibilities using dental software application. As a dental assistant must possess strong communication skills to interact successfully with clients and other health care professionals, the program includes courses in professionalism and effective communication techniques.
Enhanced experience is provided through participation in dental practices. The Field Experience consists of a half-day weekly clinical opportunity in the University of Alberta Dental Clinic and the Dental Practice Experience consists of a four week period at the end of Semester 2 in a dental office. Dental Practice Experiences are arranged and supervised by the Dental Assisting staff

Food & Nutrition Management
Are you interested in food and healthy eating? Do you enjoy working with people in an exciting, fast-paced environment? Do you have strong communication, mathematical and problem solving skills? Do you have the ability to work under pressure? Are you detail oriented?
If so, a career as a Food and Nutrition Manager could be for you.
The Food and Nutrition Management Program at NAIT provides the education and training that is necessary to prepare graduates for the responsibilities of a Food and Nutrition Manager. The two-year diploma program, nationally accredited by the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management combines a study of theory with a one-semester Field Placement. Areas of study include food and beverage service, menu planning, purchasing, marketing, human resource management, financial management and nutrition. The Field Placement enables students to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to an actual work setting.
The Field Placement may take place in a variety of food service operations such as cafeterias, restaurant chains, fast food outlets, catering companies, and healthcare institutions. The availability of a Field Placement depends upon industry participation and an interview selection process. Students may need to relocate.

Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
The provision of advanced life support (ALS) care in medical emergencies has greatly reduced the incidence of disability and death. A Paramedic is a member of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team who is trained to adequately assess and appropriately treat sick and injured people at an ALS level of care. The NAIT EMT-Paramedic Program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.
The Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic Program offers a rewarding and challenging career for those individuals interested in providing emergency medical aid to the sick and injured in a prehospital care environment. Prospective students must be highly motivated and mature to deal with the stress of emergency care, critical care, shift work and a difficult training program. Paramedics are required to think independently, to exercise good judgement, to communicate effectively with others and to work well in multi-disciplinary environments.
The program involves the study of human anatomy and physiology, diagnosis and treatment of patients in a variety of medical and trauma emergencies, advanced procedures in emergency care, ambulance driving skills, emergency equipment and mobile communication systems. Physical conditioning is also emphasized. EMT-Paramedic training is provided to the student by utilizing the facilities of NAIT, active treatment hospitals, advanced life support ambulance services and other allied emergency services. The final semester features both an ambulance practicum and a hospital practicum/internship.
A number of course hours are completed off campus and will involve weekends and shift work. The student may be required to travel outside the Edmonton Region for practicums. Housing, board and transportation costs that are incurred during practicum placements are the responsibility of the student.

Dental Laboratory Technology
Dental Laboratory Technology is designed to provide students with the art and science of fabricating corrective devices and replacements for natural teeth and tissues. The dental laboratory technician is a craftsperson who is an essential member of the dental health care team. The technician, working to the prescription of a qualified practitioner, is responsible for the construction of dental appliances and devices used to improve the well being of the patient. These may be crowns, bridges, dentures or orthodontic appliances used to correct damaged, lost or irregular teeth.
Throughout the program the students recreate the appearance of natural teeth in fixed restorations (such as crowns and bridges): using ceramics, plastics and metal alloys. For removable restorations (complete and partial dentures) and corrective devices (orthodontic appliances), the technician must understand physical and biological forces and the characteristics and handling properties of wires and plastic materials.
The technology requires a high degree of technical ability and manual skills along with scientific knowledge and a degree of artistry. The program provides theoretical and technical experiences to develop skills for both the design and construction of dental restorative devices and tooth repositioning appliances. Courses in each of the four technique areas are presented to students in laboratory settings and theory classes. Throughout the two-year program, students gain skills in communication, the understanding and application of anatomy, dental asepsis, workplace relations, laboratory procedures, and the employment skills for a professional environment. Candidates for careers in dental technology possess good eye-hand coordination and color perception, dexterity in using small instruments, the patience to attend to minute detail, and an interest in learning the underlying material sciences. Practical laboratory work is emphasized to prepare the student for employment. The dental laboratory technology program offers a challenging career for those individuals interested in applying artistic and creative talents in a health care laboratory situation.

Biomedical Engineering Technology
The healthcare industry has experienced an explosive increase in the application of sophisticated medical diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. The extensive use of technology in medicine has resulted in an increased dependency of the medical profession on individuals capable of bringing technical expertise to the safe and effective application of patient care technology. Out of this need has evolved the field of Biomedical Engineering Technology.
The Biomedical Engineering Technologist assists the medical profession by maintaining medical equipment (e.g. heart monitors, surgical lasers, defibrillators, etc.); educating users on appropriate equipment practices; developing improved equipment designs; providing consultation on equipment selection; and ensuring codes, laws and regulations pertaining to medical equipment are adhered to.
The Biomedical Engineering Technology Program provides students with the skills of an electronic technologist while focusing specifically on biomedical equipment technology. In addition to courses in basic electronics, computer systems, industrial electronics, digital communications and control systems, the program includes courses in three major areas of medical equipment application: biomedical instrumentation, X-ray and diagnostic imaging equipment, and medical laboratory instrumentation. Supplementary courses in anatomy and physiology and medical equipment management complete the medical specialization. Fourth semester field practice placements and clinical guest lectures at hospitals in the region are integrated with a one month practicum to provide students with a practical foundation for employment in the field.

Bachelor of Nursing Degree Program
The post-RN BN program is designed to provide the registered nurse with the opportunity to acquire a broad liberal university education with particular emphasis on acquiring advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills related to family and community health promotion as well as leadership and management.

Aboriginal Practical Nurse Program
This program prepares you to become a professional practical nurse with unique skills and knowledge to work effectively with aboriginal people. You will meet all Practical Nurse program standards and be prepared to write a national examination to obtain a license to practice nursing. You will study Aboriginal practice and special health concerns and work with Aboriginal clients. Graduates can apply for jobs in acute care hospitals, continuing care centers, community care settings, client homes, clinics, or doctors' offices. Practical nurses earn approximately $13 - $18 per hour.

Health and Wellness Program
The objective of the Health and Wellness Program is to provide the knowledge needed in order to assist individuals and communities towards a more productive way of life. It aims to serve the health and wellness needs of the five Y.T.C. communities by training health and wellness practitioners who can fully participate in community health development.
The program will assist in empowering people by improving their capacity to understand the many factors which influence their ability to be healthy. Participants will become more aware of the relevance of traditional beliefs, history, and practices for life in the modern world and their powerful role in restoring a sense, collective identity and purpose. The conceptual framework of the program is the medicine wheel. The program is holistic and has been designed so that each of the four aspects of well-being - Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, and Mental - is addressed by the courses.


Denturists are dental health professionals who specialize in the field of removable oral prosthesis (dentures). In partnership with other health care professionals, they assess, design, fabricate, repair and insert complete and removable partial dentures and diagnose related problems.

Dialysis Technician

Dialysis Technicians operate machines that remove waste and excess fluids from the blood of patients whose kidneys can no longer carry out those functions. Dialysis technicians are also referred to as renal dialysis technicians, hemodialysis technicians, or nephrology technicians. They work under the supervision of physicians, primarily in hospitals and clinics

Dietary Technicians
Dietary Technicians focus on ways to promote health and prevent disease through good eating habits. They may work directly with clients to evaluate eating habits and make dietary recommendations, develop menus, or supervise food service operations in health care institutions. Dietetic Technicians also work in community health agencies, school nutrition programs, fitness and wellness organizations, and specialty clinics


Dietitians develop, implement and evaluate food and nutrition strategies to promote health and treat disease; manage food service systems; and develop and deliver related programs and policies.

Disability Management
The master's degree in Disability Management at UNBC is the first of its kind in Canada and offers unique opportunities to students from a variety of fields.
Interdisciplinary by design, the program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist labor management, insurance providers, and employees with the development of successful "return-to-work strategies" for injured workers and/or workers with disabilities.

Early Childhood Development

Early childhood educators work with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children in a variety of settings.

Environmental Health
The MSc in Environmental Health Sciences degree concentrates on the knowledge and skills needed to investigate environmentally mediated human health concerns by evaluating the chain of causation arising from exposure to potentially hazardous agents through to adverse health outcome(s).

Family, Guidance and Related Counsellors
The goal of Native Counseling Services of Alberta's Restorative Justice Programs is to ensure fair and equal treatment of Aboriginal people in Alberta's Justice system.

Fitness Leadership
Become a fitness leader. Gain provincial fitness certification from the AFLCA including:
Fitness Theory
Resistance Training
Group Fitness
Fitness for the Older

Electroneurophysiology Technologist

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists use sensitive electronic diagnostic equipment to record and evaluate the electrical activity of patients' central and peripheral nervous systems to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, injuries and abnormalities.