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Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Northern Alberta Institute of Technologywww.nait.ca
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.!span>!span>!span>
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Program Type Occupational
Credential Type Diploma
Length 3 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
75% in each of
- English 30-1
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
- Physics 30
- Biology 30
1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater or completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology challenge examination with a minimum 60% pass. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ITMS100- Medical Terminology.
Only Alberta residents will be considered.
It is not a requirement for Medical Terminology to be completed by the application deadline; however, if accepted into the program, proof of completion of the course or challenge exam with a passing grade of at least 60% MUST be submitted to the student application file by July 31st.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Online Interview
- Alberta Residency - Only Alberta residents will be considered: this includes those who have lived and/or worked in Alberta for one year prior to the start of the program (Lloydminster, NWT, Yukon and Nunavut residents are considered to be Alberta residents). Prior to the beginning of the program, applicants must be prepared to provide proof of one-year residency in the province/territory from which they are applying.
- 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.
- 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.
- CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification prior to commencing clinical training. BLS certification must remain current throughout clinical training, therefore it is recommended that certification be obtained just prior to clinical training. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100.
- Computer Literacy- Applicants must have strong computer skills including: word processing, Internet and email. Course material may be delivered using an online learning platform.
- Career Investigation - A Career Investigation Report is not required for admission. However, the interview process will involve questions regarding the Diagnostic Medical Sonography profession. Suggested methods of investigation include:
- Review of Program Website
- Open House
- DMS Information Sessions
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist. The selection process is based on:
- Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 87.5%. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
- Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked. Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores; academics presented in Phase 1 must be maintained. The format for Phase 2 is prerecorded online video interviews. Candidates who are successful in moving to Phase 2 will be given adequate notice of the interview requirements and instructions.
Additional Requirements and Information - Any prospective students with back, arm, shoulder, wrist or neck problems or significant health challenges should consider their options carefully before applying and are advised to consult with the Program. As well, students will be required to perform and be subject to ultrasound scans in the lab.
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 5 years ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
- 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.
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2018/08/01 to 2019/07/31*.
Tuition $4,334.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,150.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $996.00 Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
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 May 16, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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