The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) gets certified as a CAE Healthcare Center of Excellence

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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic based in Edmonton, Canada. Its School of Health and Life Sciences is on the forefront of innovative education and supports a range of programs for training healthcare providers, such as

  • diagnostic medical sonographers

  • medical technologists

  • respiratory therapists

  • paramedics

NAIT uses real-world simulations, combined with state-of-the-art equipment, models, and live actors to give students a safe and controlled environment in which to learn.


Students also gain practical experience in the school’s well-equipped 6,000 sq. ft. Simulation Center where they can grasp every part of their future profession within a variety of settings like ERs, ORs, and hospital wards. 

“This is where a student can come in, make critical mistakes and then learn from those mistakes,” says Joe MacPerson, Simulation Coordinator.

CAE Healthcare recently certified NAIT as a CAE Healthcare Center of Excellence, providing the institution with access to some of the most advanced healthcare simulation training technology available.

With CAE Healthcare’s industry-leading healthcare manikins and software, NAIT’s educators can replicate actual scenarios and train better healthcare professionals.

“Pushing the boundaries of real-world simulation is paramount to the success of our graduates,” says Rick Trimp, Dean of Health and Life Sciences. “These manikins represent the gold-standard for simulation technology.”

“As a CAE Healthcare Centre of Excellence, NAIT will offer a real-world test lab for interdisciplinary, simulation-based education that will advance healthcare and patient safety,” says Dr. Robert Amyot  of CAE Healthcare.

Some of the great learning tools NAIT has acquired from CAE Healthcare include:

  • The CAE HPS, an advanced patient simulator with working cardiovascular and respiratory systems that react to anesthesia and other medications.

  • CAE Caesar, a trauma patient simulator that can simulate severe injuries, such as severed limbs.

  • CAE Lucina, a childbirth simulator that can simulate both normal delivery and emergency situations.

  • The CAE Vimedix Ultrasound Simulator, a comprehensive simulator with 3D anatomy that accelerates the development of skills needed to assess and diagnose patients.

  • Surgical Cut Suits developed by Strategic Operations (STOPS) that are worn by actors to provide students the ability practice emergency or trauma procedures.



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