Academic Upgrading
  • Credential

    Course Credits

  • Program Length

    Varies

NorQuest College operates as an accredited high school and offers courses that follow the Alberta Education curriculum, and prepare you to continue your studies at NorQuest or another post-secondary institution. All courses are four months long. Free placement testing is available.

  • Delivery

    In person, In person or online real-time, Online anytime, Online real-time

Academic Upgrading for ESL Youth
  • Credential

    Course Credits

  • Program Length

    4 – 30 months

Designed to increase academic and personal communication skills for English as a second language youth, ages 17–25, this program offers small class sizes and a supportive learning environment and will prepare you for further post-secondary programs. You will explore interesting themes throughout the program, including college life, Canadian history and government, healthy living, environmental stewardship, career planning, and connecting within the community.

  • Delivery

    In person

Accounting Technician
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    9 months

Essential across all industries, accounting professionals play a key role in organizational success. This program provides the basic theory and technical skills required to perform a range of accounting services.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online anytime

Addictions Recovery Practitioner
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    8 months

This post-diploma certificate builds upon students’ previous training and experience and provides health and human services professionals with the knowledge and skills to work with clients experiencing substance use and concurrent disorders.

  • Delivery

    Hybrid

Administrative Professional
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    9 months

The Administrative Professional program equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to become an office professional in today’s business environment. You will learn essential office skills such as basic accounting, software applications, event management, and business communication.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online anytime

Advanced Education in Orthopaedics for LPNs
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    Varies

This post-diploma program prepares licensed practical nurses with the knowledge and skills for a specialized career in orthopaedics. It consists of three courses and a 300-hour practicum. Further your understanding of anatomy and physiology in relation to orthopaedics and orthopaedic radiology, assessment, and trauma.

  • Delivery

    Online anytime

Apprenticeship Prep
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    7 months

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for the trade entrance exam and entry into any one of 45 designated trades. The focus of the program is on upgrading, practical trades training, and facilitated work experience.

  • Delivery

    In person

Arts and Sciences
  • Credential

    Course Credits

  • Program Length

    8 months

Begin your post-secondary journey at NorQuest College with our Arts and Sciences university transfer program. Complete up to 30 credits, which can be transferred to the second year of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree, or towards completion of a NorQuest College post-secondary program.

  • Delivery

    In person

Business Administration
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

Build the skills you need to thrive in a dynamic business world and choose from five specializations in the second year—Management (entrepreneurship or business operations), Accounting, Human Resources Management, Finance, or General Studies—in which you will develop a core understanding of business fundamentals for any career you choose.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online anytime

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Child and Youth Care
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

The Child and Youth Care program is designed to prepare students to support children and youth who have experienced social, behavioural, and emotional challenges. Focused on diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous culture, the program teaches students the foundational skills of child and youth care practice, as well as perspectives and strategies for supporting all children and youth in culturally respectful ways.

  • Delivery

    In person

Community Support Worker
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    8 months

This exciting certificate program provides you with the knowledge and skills to work with marginalized communities and individuals at the front line in a human service delivery setting.

  • Delivery

    In person

Day Home Provider
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    10 months

This program focuses on both academic and occupational skills through the content of early childhood training. Learn programming, job presentation skills, and how to run a day home business.

This program is designed for English language learners.

  • Delivery

    In person

Dental Office Assistant
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    12 weeks

Provide essential administrative support to dental professionals and patients.

In this new 12-week program you will learn dental terminology, customer service, scheduling and billing software, and how to manage the daily business operations of a dental practice.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online

Disability Studies
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

Acquire the skills needed to support individuals with disabilities in early intervention, community settings, schools, recreation, and employment. You will be prepared to create, implement, assess, and modify plans to help utilize individual strengths and abilities to increase opportunities for meaningful participation in the community. 

  • Delivery

    In person

Early Learning and Child Care Certificate
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    8 months

Learn to provide quality child care in a variety of settings and plan appropriate activities for children in your care. Knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning will equip you to support the healthy development of children though child-centred learning experiences.

The certificate program prepares graduates for Child Development Worker certification.

  • Delivery

    In person

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Full Program
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

Learn to provide quality child care in a variety of settings and plan appropriate activities for children in your care. Knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning will equip you to support the healthy development of children though child-centred learning experiences.

The diploma programs prepare graduates for Child Development Supervisor certification from Alberta Children's Services.

  • Delivery

    In person

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Year 2 Only
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    8 months

Learn to provide quality child care in a variety of settings and plan appropriate activities for children in your care. Knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning will equip you to support the healthy development of children though child-centred learning experiences.

The diploma programs prepare graduates for Child Development Supervisor certification from Alberta Children's Services.

  • Delivery

    In person

Environmental Protection Technology
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

Are you passionate about the environment? Start a rewarding career to protect and sustain the health of our environment and ecosystems.

Through extensive, hands-on training in both laboratory and field settings, you will prepare for technical work in the environmental sector and gain practical knowledge and skills in compliance auditing and contaminated site management to impact assessment and pollution prevention and monitoring.

  • Delivery

    In person

ESL Intensive
  • Credential

    Course Credits

  • Program Length

    Varies

Improve your English language listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to prepare for further education or employment. All courses are four months long. Free placement testing is available, and your program will be customized for your needs.

We also offer English for Academic Purposes courses so you can acquire the language needed to achieve your future academic goals. English for Specific Purposes courses help you improve English language skills to prepare for studies and work in health and business.

  • Delivery

    In person

Foundations for Learning
  • Credential

    Course Credits

  • Program Length

    Varies

Delivered in partnership with Community Adult Learning Programs (CALPs) throughout our region, Foundations for Learning includes a range of 12-week online courses that allow you to strengthen your academic skills in your home community. Take courses online with in-person support at your local CALP.

  • Delivery

    Online anytime, Online real-time

Health Care Aide
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    8 months

NorQuest’s Health Care Aide program is among the largest in Canada and prepares you to be part of a health-care team in a variety of different settings, providing frontline care to clients in need of assistance.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online w/ in-person labs

Health Care Leadership
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    8 months

Prepare for leadership and management roles within a health-care setting with theoretical knowledge and transferable skills focusing on leadership development, cultural sensitivity, communication, organizational behaviour, strategic planning, inter-professional collaboration, principles of adult education, and business fundamentals.

  • Delivery

    Hybrid

Hospital Unit Clerk
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    4 months

Hospital unit clerks are the first point of contact for patients and play a vital role in managing communication and information in hospital nursing units. Learn medical terminology, how to process medical orders, communication skills, administrative procedures, and computer skills.

  • Delivery

    Hybrid, In person, Online anytime

Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

Assist patients to overcome injuries or impairments as a valuable member of an interdisciplinary health-care team. You will develop a strong occupational and physical therapy assistant background, and learn to incorporate essential assistant-level skills in speech language therapy and therapeutic recreation.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online w/ in-person labs

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  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

If you’re passionate about working in the community and supporting people through law and policy, prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in the field of justice.

This new program will introduce you to Alberta laws and policies and the complex socio-economic factors that influence crime.

  • Delivery

    In person

LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
  • Credential

    Completion Certificate

  • Program Length

    Varies

Are you new to Canada? NorQuest College supports your settlement in Alberta and Canada and offers courses that will help you improve English language skills and develop essential skills.

Our classes range from basic literacy to CLB 7, as well as specialized courses in LINC American Sign Language (ASL), Youth LINC, LINC Volunteer, Prep for Online Learning, and several employment-related options.

  • Delivery

    Hybrid, In person, Online anytime

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    27 weeks

Learn to perform the critical work of sterilizing, packaging, and storing surgical and medical instruments to prevent and control the spread of infection. Upon graduation you will be prepared to write the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician certification exam through the Canadian Standards Association.

  • Delivery

    Hybrid

Medical Office Assistant
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    12 weeks

Considered a valuable asset to health-care teams, medical office assistants support physicians and other health-care professionals with essential administrative support.

NorQuest’s Medical Office Assistant program helps you get into the workforce quickly, and develop skills to perform a variety of tasks including scheduling, billing, and communications, in addition to using current office technology and software.

  • Delivery

    Hybrid, In person, Online anytime

Mental Health Recovery Practitioner
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    8 months

This post-diploma certificate provides health and human services professionals with the knowledge and skills to work with clients experiencing mental health and concurrent disorders.

  • Delivery

    Hybrid

Optical Office Assistant
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    12 weeks

Play an important role supporting ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, and opticians while providing a positive experience for patients and clients.

In this fast-paced 12-week program you will learn administrative skills to coordinate and manage patient care, as well as basic pre-testing skills used in optical practices, clinics, and other settings.

  • Delivery

    In person

Pharmacy Technician
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

In this nationally accredited diploma program, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work in this fast-paced and highly respected occupation. This includes dispensing prescriptions, compounding medications, preparing sterile products, and providing patient care.

  • Delivery

    In person

Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    16 months

In 2019-20, the Physical Therapy Assistant program will be enhanced to become part of a new Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant program. We expect to begin taking applications in January, 2019. More details will be available soon on this webpage.

The Physical Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares you with the theoretical knowledge and therapeutic skills needed to assist patients in overcoming physical injury or disability.

  • Delivery

    There are no further intakes available for this academic year. View 2020-2021

Practical Nurse
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

One of the largest in Canada, NorQuest’s Practical Nurse program will prepare you to play a vital, frontline role in providing high-quality care to clients in a variety of health-care settings.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online w/ in-person labs

Practical Nurse Refresher
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    Up to 5 years

If you are a former Canadian-educated practical nurse or internationally educated nurse, acquire your license to work as a licensed practical nurse through a combination of transfer credit, prior learning and recognition portfolio, challenge exams, and part-time online learning.

  • Delivery

    Online w/ in-person labs

Settlement Studies
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

The first of its kind in western Canada, this new two-year diploma program explores what distinguishes settlement work from other disciplines in the human services sector. You will learn models and approaches to effectively work with migrant diaspora communities, and strategies to help bridge cultural divides between newcomer communities and Canadian society.

  • Delivery

    In person

Social Work
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

NorQuest’s Social Work diploma program has a unique multicultural focus to best prepare you to help your clients. In addition to learning the foundations of social work, this program emphasizes the value of human diversity and teaches the practice of social work within a supportive and empowering environment.

  • Delivery

    In person

Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Credential

    Completion Certificate

  • Program Length

    120 hours

This 120-hour program provides participants with key principles of second-language teaching and the skills, strategies, and tools to be successful in teaching English language learners. The program is designed for individuals who are new to the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) field and provides them with effective teaching skills and immediate classroom application experience. Those who may already have a background in teaching can benefit from the program by learning about new theoretical and practical trends in the field and solidifying their teaching abilities.

  • Delivery

    Online w/ in-person labs

Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    8 months

In this post-bachelor certificate, you will acquire the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to improve learning outcomes of adult and K-12 English language learners (ELLs). Learn to incorporate educational technologies and intercultural communication strategies into task-based lessons to support the diverse cultural, linguistic, and social needs of ELLs.

  • Delivery

    Hybrid, In person

Therapeutic Recreation Certificate
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    1 year

The Therapeutic Recreation certificate program focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement, and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities. The Therapeutic Recreation certificate program will prepare students with the skills required of a recreation therapy assistant.

Following successful completion, graduates may continue on to the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma program.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online w/ in-person labs

Therapeutic Recreation Diploma
  • Credential

    Diploma

  • Program Length

    2 years

Learn how to enhance your clients’ quality of life through leisure activities. Gain knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate individual and group therapeutic recreation and social activities, and explore the concepts, theory, and practical experiences related to leadership and critical thinking.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online w/ in-person labs

Transitions to Employment
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    10 months

This program is designed to provide employment preparation training for adults with mild cognitive developmental disabilities.

Through a combination of classroom and workplace instruction, students will acquire training on current equipment, an understanding of current workplace practices, and increased self-confidence while receiving ongoing, intensive support and mentoring from staff.

  • Delivery

    In person

Veterinary Office Assistant
  • Credential

    Certificate

  • Program Length

    12 weeks

As a valued member of the team in clinical, emergency, or specialty hospital settings, veterinary office assistants support veterinarians and technicians with essential administrative and basic veterinary medicine skills.

Get into the workforce quickly and develop skills in customer service, communications, current office technology, and more.

  • Delivery

    In person, Online anytime