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Unique Pathways & Off-campus Education Dual Credit - Healthcare Career Essentials

Dual Credit - Healthcare Career Essentials

​The Healthcare Career Essentials program is composed of a wide range of courses for students preparing to enter the health care industry. Students will be exposed to health care pathways including dental hygienist, rehabilitation therapy, ultrasound, paramedic, sterile device processing, pharmacy, nutrition, x-ray technician, and nuclear medicine. Successful students in this program will develop fundamental knowledge and skills that are applied in this demanding field, including medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, infection prevention and control, and a hands-on medical lab.

Courses included in this program:

Course Name and Outline​​​

SAIT Credit

High School
CTS Credit

Medical Terminology (MEDT211) – course outline



Healthcare Professionalism (PROF240) – course outline



Infection Prevention & Control (INFC215) – course outline



Anatomy & Physiology (ANPH209) – course outline



Medical Simulation Lab (MSIM001)

In this course students will participate in laboratory activites and observe technologies associated with the individual healthe professions taught at SAIT



Total Credits



See the SAIT Dual Credit Handbook for further information about being a SAIT dual credit student.

Program​​​ Be​​nefits

  • Get a jump start on your post-secondary education while still at high school
  • Build confidence through developing learning strategies and skills that support your learning transitions
  • Learn about on-going opportunities and experience post-secondary learning
  • Taught by experienced instructors who are connected to industry and support students in making meaningful connections to career pathways
  • Earn high school credits and post-secondary credits
  • 20 Cre​​dits​, 30​ le​​​vel CTS
    7.5​​ post-seco​ndary credits​

Student E​ligibility

Open to CBE high school students who:

  • In grades 11 or 12 as of September
  • Have a strong interest in exploring a pathway in health sciences
  • Are punctual and reliable and have strong communication skills
  • Able to arrange transportation to and from the SAIT Campus for this in-person program

Pre-requisite/Co-requisite requirements:

  • Successful completion of Bio 20
  • Chem 20 and/or Bio 30 would be an asset
  • Students should be on track to successfully pass the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%
    • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2

Program Delivery and Location

In-person at SAIT Main Campus (1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L4). 

  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT campus​

Program ​Dates

  • Semester 1 Program | September to December OR
  • Semester 2 Program | January to June
  • Program Times | Monday – Thursday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Occasional Friday on-campus at SAIT to accommodate lab schedule​
  • Considerations

    • Students must have space in their full year timetable to accommodate the program delivery, location, and dates indicated below.
    • Students must submit a personal learning schedule with their application (see application checklist for details).
    • Students must be registered as a full-time student, taking at least one course at their home high school each semester(work experience excluded).
    • Students will be expected to communicate with both their CBE supervising teacher and course instructor regularly.
  • How to Apply

    1. Read through the course(s) and/or program(s) of interest.
    2. Review program choice with your school Off-campus Coordinator and/or Guidance Counsellor for program readiness and timetabling concerns.
    3. You are highly encouraged to attend the Unique Pathways Information Night to ask questions of our program partners and determine if the program is a good fit for you. Connect with your Off-campus Coordinator or Guidance counsellor if you are unable to attend.
    4. Download and fill in the Dual Credit Application Form Package when available.
    5. Refer to the application checklist and ensure all items are complete.
    6. Book an appointment with your Off-campus Coordinator and/or Guidance Counselor before the deadline to complete your application, including signatures from all parties.
    7. The school will submit the application to Unique Pathways on your behalf.

Career​ Map

Career Map of Healthcare Career Essentials 


  • Program Partner​

  • Application Deadline

    Applications for Summer and Fall programs have now closed. Applications for Semester 2 (Winter) programs will be available in Fall 2024.​

  • Application Deadline:​​

    Applications for Winter 2025 are not yet available. Please check back in Fall 2024.​

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