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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta's prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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Office of the Registrar
11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G2R1, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

60% in each of

  • English 30-1
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • Biology 30

Additional academic requirements that may be completed after applying to the program:

  •  5 or more credits of post-secondary Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Physiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ANPH100 Anatomy and Physiology.

    One credit or more of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within the last 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater. NAIT's Continuing Education Course that meets this pre-requisite requirement is: ITMS100- Medical Terminology. OR the completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology Challenge Examination would satisfy this requirement.

    NOTE: The 2 post-secondary pre-requisites of Human Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology DO NOT need to be completed by the application deadline. Interviewees will be conditionally accepted into the program pending completion of these courses. Proof of course completion with a passing grade of at least 60% MUST be submitted to the student application file by July 31st.

    Non-Academic Requirements

  • Interview - The interview for the CYT program is online.
  • Career/Program Assessment - This assessment is completed prior to the interview and is an assessment of the applicant's knowledge of the program and profession. To maximize the Career Assessment score, it is highly recommended that all applicants take a tour of one or two medical laboratories or talk to a Cytotechnologist.
  • Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases, as determined by Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. Failure to meet the Police Information Check, immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements may result in denial of access to clinical training.
  • Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion.
  • Biosafety Course Requirement - Biosafety is mandatory for all students in the CYT program to ensure compliance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act. A biosafety course will be delivered online using Moodle. Students will be directed on deadlines and completion requirements during program specific orientation. If course requirements are not met, access to designated labs may be denied.
  • Computer Literacy - Students must have basic computer literacy, which includes basic word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and email.
  • Please note: This program only accepts TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores.

  • Tours of Medical Laboratory Facilities - Visit one of the medical facilities in an affiliated clinical site/region listed below or, if unable to tour one of the listed sites, request a tour with the laboratory at a local hospital or private clinic.

Student Selection Process and Criteria
Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist. Prerequisites are reviewed by the Registrar's Office and applicants are shortlisted for an interview based on academic standing. Final student selection is based on:

  • Academics - 40% (based on academic average of the required 30 level courses)
  • Interview - 40%
  • Career/Program Assessment - 20%

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), Credential Recognition (for completed certificates, diplomas or degrees) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit & Credential Recognition: In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Recognition of Prior Learning website and on the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition 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 2 years ago
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

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

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated July 18, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

Educational program information is provided as an introduction and for general reference. For current information about programs and school requirements or policies, check the school calendar, visit their website or contact the school directly.
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