Programs A - Z

Academic UpgradingFull-time, Part-time, Online, Varies, Full or part-time

NorQuest College operates as an accredited high school and offers courses that follow the Alberta Education curriculum. These courses prepare you to continue your studies at NorQuest or other post-secondary institutions in Alberta and across Canada.

You can choose to upgrade only the courses you need for post-secondary entrance or you can earn a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED).

Academic Upgrading for ESL YouthFull-time

This full-time program is designed to increase academic and personal communication skills for English as a second language (ESL) youth, ages 17–25. By focusing on language skills as well as upgrading academic skills, you will be better prepared to enrol in further post-secondary programs. The small class sizes and the ability to work with a group of your peers in a supportive, academic environment ensures that you will receive the maximum amount of individualized support and success.

Accounting TechnicianFull-time, Open Studies, Online

Accounting technicians are involved in the day-to-day practical work of accountancy and play a key operational role in producing reliable financial information. They may also perform a wide range of finance roles, from accounts clerk to financial controller and beyond.

Addictions Recovery PractitionerHybrid

The Addictions Recovery Practitioner post-diploma certificate program provides health and human services professionals with the knowledge and skills to work with clients experiencing substance use and concurrent disorders. The program is offered in a flexible combination of online courses and live classroom instruction on evenings and weekends.

Administrative ProfessionalFull-time, Open Studies, Online

The Administrative Professional certificate equips students with the skills and knowledge to become an effective office professional. Students will learn essential office skills such as basic accounting, office management, organizational politics, software applications, business communication, and event management.

Advanced Education in Orthopaedics for LPNsPart-time, Online

This post-diploma, advanced certificate program prepares licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with the knowledge and skills for a specialized career in orthopaedics. The program consists of two theory courses, one lab course, and a clinical practice through self-paced study.

Learners will further their understanding of anatomy and physiology in relation to orthopaedics and orthopaedic radiology, assessment, and trauma. The curriculum includes specialized orthopaedic procedures, including casting.

Apprenticeship PrepFull-time

The Apprenticeship Prep program is designed to prepare you for the trade entrance exam and entry into one of 45 designated trades. The focus of the program is on upgrading, practical trades training, and facilitated work experience.

Arts and SciencesFull or part-time

Are you ready to begin your post-secondary journey? Take your first year of arts and sciences courses at NorQuest College. By taking NorQuest's Arts and Sciences program, you may transfer credits to university and enter into the second year of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree. You may also take Arts and Sciences courses to receive credit towards completion of a NorQuest Health or Community Studies program.

Business AdministrationFull-time, Open Studies, Online

Whether you have well-defined goals such as becoming an accountant, an entrepreneur, a business operations manager, a human resources professional, or a financial services representative, the Business Administration diploma program provides a strong foundation for any business career you might choose. Students will explore innovative trends and practices while acquiring the skills and knowledge relevant to current and future industry needs.

NorQuest's program integrates practical learning experiences with unique content for a truly different business program. The practical and intensive training throughout the program helps our graduates become in-demand job candidates.

Community Support WorkerFull-time, Hybrid

The Community Support Worker program is an eight-month certificate designed to develop fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes in students to work with marginalized communities and individuals. Graduates are expected to work at the front line of human-service delivery settings.

Day Home ProviderFull-time

As a day home provider, you will play an important role in a child's development. This program will teach you about early childhood programming, job presentation skills, and how to run a home-based day home business. If you love children, this will be a rewarding career.

This program is designed for English language learners.

Dental Office AssistantFull-time

This 12-week, fast-paced Dental Office Assistant program will prepare you to work in dental practice settings such as dental and denture clinics, orthodontist and specialist offices, dental labs, and other dental-related businesses.

Students learn dental terminology, along with clerical and administrative skills such as scheduling appointments, billing, filing, customer service, and maintaining medical records in dental software. Further, students will participate in a four-week work experience placement in a dental-related office to practice and refine their skills.

Disability StudiesFull-time, Online

The Disability Studies program is a two-year diploma that will help you develop the skills needed to effectively work in supporting individuals with disabilities across their lifespan. Individuals with developmental disabilities need support in early intervention, community settings, schools, recreation, and employment opportunities. A skilled workforce is needed to help people with disabilities achieve their goals and effectively participate as members of the community.

Disability service workers can work in a family or community setting in teams or independently to support individuals and their families. Graduates will create, implement, assess and modify plans to help utilize individuals’ strengths and abilities to increase avenues for meaningful participation in the community and society.

Early Learning and Child Care CertificateFull-time, Part-time, Hybrid, Online

The Early Learning and Child Care certificate program prepares graduates to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and to plan appropriate activities for the children in their care. Knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-centred learning experiences.

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Full ProgramFull-time, Part-time, Online

The Early Learning and Child Care diploma program will combine theory with practice to prepare graduates for Child Development Supervisor certifications from Alberta Human Services.

Note: Graduates of NorQuest's Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program or other Early Learning and Child Care certificate programs should apply to the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Year 2 Only version of the program.

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Year 2 OnlyFull-time, Online

The Early Learning and Child Care diploma program will combine theory with practice to prepare graduates for Child Development Supervisor certifications from Alberta Human Services. The ELCC diploma program builds on NorQuest College’s Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program.

Note: This program is Year 2 of the diploma program only. For direct entry in Year 1, see the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma - Full Program version of the program.

Environmental Protection TechnologyFull-time

Environmental protection technologists provide an important service to society by helping protect and sustain the long-term health of our ecosystems. This two-year diploma program will prepare students for technical work in the environmental sector. Students will gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to offer professional advice on a wide range of subjects, including: environmental impact assessment; hazardous and non-hazardous waste management; waste reduction and reuse strategies; air, soil, and water pollution prevention and monitoring; compliance auditing; and contaminated site investigation and remediation.

ESL IntensiveFull-time, Part-time, Online

Is English a second or additional language for you? Would full-time or part-time English as a second language studies help you to achieve your personal, academic, or professional goals?

Improve your English language speaking, reading, and writing skills to prepare for further education or employment. Once you apply, free placement testing is available and your program will be customized for your specific needs and level.

Foundations for LearningOnline

NorQuest College has partnered with the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) to offer high school and college preparatory programming, as well as English language training, in communities around Alberta.

Foundations for Learning includes a range of 12-week online courses designed primarily for rural learners. Each course includes approximately 45 hours of instructor-led activities presented in an online real-time or online anytime delivery format. In addition, 30 hours of in-person tutorial support are available to you for free in your community at the local CALP provider.

General Computer CoursesPart-time

NorQuest College's continuing education general computer courses provide you with the basic computer skills you need for personal, educational, and work success. Don't let a lack of computer skills hold you back in your career, education and personal life. Get the basics you need to effectively use computers more effectively with these one-day courses.

Health Care AideFull-time, Part-time, Hybrid, Online

NorQuest College’s Health Care Aide program is among the largest in Canada and prepares you to be a part of a health-care team in a variety of different settings, providing a high level of front-line care to clients in need of assistance. NorQuest College is licensed to deliver the Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum.

Health Care LeadershipFull-time

The Health Care Leadership post-diploma certificate program is offered in a student-centred classroom or an online hybrid environment to prepare graduates for leadership roles within a variety of health-care settings. The program delivers theoretical knowledge and skills assessment related to leadership and management with focuses on: leadership development, cultural sensitivity, communication, organizational behaviour, principles of adult education, business fundamentals, strategic planning, and inter-professional collaboration. Students will acquire advanced leadership skills that will assist them in being recognized as essential contributors to the overall operations of both private and public health organizations.

Hospital Unit ClerkFull-time, Part-time, Online

This fast-paced Hospital Unit Clerk program will prepare you to play a vital administrative role in managing communication and information in a hospital nursing unit. Students learn medical terminology, how to process medical orders, communication skills, administrative procedures, and computer skills. Further, students will participate in a four-week work experience placement in a health-care facility to practice and refine their skills.

Hospitality ManagementOnline

Looking to take your career to the next level? Or maybe you want to fast-track a career in hospitality? NorQuest College knows the tremendous role the hospitality industry plays in today's economy.

The program has four specializations. Complete all four specializations or take what you need to grow your career in hospitality.
Intercultural Communication PractitionerOnline
The Centre’s current inventory Intercultural Communication curriculum is appropriate for the training and development requirements of almost any organization. Situational exercises specific to the conditions that exist in a particular workgroup are often incorporated into training in order to increase effectiveness and impact.
Interdisciplinary Therapy AssistantFull-time

The Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares students to work in today's interdisciplinary health-care systems. This program will provide students with a strong occupational and physical therapy assistant background, and incorporate essential assistant-level skills in speech language therapy and therapeutic recreation. Equipped with skills in these four rehabilitation disciplines, students will be prepared to meet industry demand and work in various general therapy, rehabilitation, as well as discipline-specific positions.

If you enjoy helping people and want a career assisting patients to overcome injuries, or impairments, this diploma program could be for you.

JusticeFull-time, Online

NorQuest College’s Justice diploma program is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to gain skills and knowledge across the spectrum of the justice field. It is a unique offering in the Edmonton region and in Alberta. The program offers broad education in the justice field that leads directly to a career as well as university transfer courses for laddering opportunities to university. Students will select from a variety of electives that are linked to areas such as diversity and inclusion, Indigenous justice, youth justice, law enforcement, and corrections.

LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to CanadaFull-time, Part-time, Hybrid, Online

Are you new to Canada? NorQuest College supports your settlement in Alberta and Canada by offering courses that will help you develop basic English language proficiency, settlement knowledge, and essential skills. Our community service learning activities are designed to provide learning opportunities while making a meaningful contribution to the community and will prepare you for further education or career options.

LPN Continuing Education CoursesPart-time, Distance, Online

Licensed practical nurse (LPN) continuing education courses can be applied to your continuing competency profile. These are self-paced online education courses. You can register at any time and you will have 26 weeks to complete each course. A certificate of completion is awarded for each course successfully completed.

Medical Device Reprocessing TechnicianFull-time, Hybrid

The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program prepares skilled graduates to enter the workforce to perform the critical work of sterilizing, packaging, and storing surgical and medical instruments.

Medical Office AssistantFull-time, Online

This 12-week, fast-paced Medical Office Assistant program prepares you to become a valuable asset to health-care teams by supporting physicians and other health-care professionals with essential administrative support.

Students learn medical terminology, along with a variety of administrative skills such as scheduling, billing, panel management, and medical record software. With a focus on customer service, students also learn basic clinical skills such as measuring height, weight, and blood pressure. Further, students will participate in a four-week work experience placement in a health-care facility or clinic to practice and refine their skills.

Mental Health Recovery PractitionerHybrid

The Mental Health Recovery Practitioner post-diploma certificate program provides health and human services professionals with the knowledge and skills to work with clients experiencing mental health and concurrent disorders. The program is offered in a flexible combination of online courses and live classroom instruction on evenings and weekends.

NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighter TrainingOnline
This entry level firefighting program covers the knowledge and skills required to function as an integral member of a firefighting team.
NFPA 1006 Rescue TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

The rescue series training dives into the techniques and skills needed to perform safe and effective rescue practices. There are three training levels within this specialization. The first is an awareness course to give you a broad but firm understanding of what is required as integral member of a rescue and safety team. The second and third levels are focused on rope rescue.

NFPA 1021 Fire Officer TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

This program is designed to assist individuals in making the transition from firefighter to company officer at the supervisory level. You will learn the organizational and operational skills and knowledge required to effectively manage a department. Supervisor skills and leadership fundamentals; operational skills including budget processes, information management and record keeping are all included to provide you with the skills, tactics, and knowledge to take your career to the next level.

NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

The fire inspector training is designed for both uniformed and civilian inspectors. This training will teach you the principles and techniques of fire prevention, life-safety inspection, and code compliance.

NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

The fire service instructor training involves two levels to develop and teach the skills required to be an effective instructor. This training is for seasoned professionals already in the fire services industry.

NFPA 1081 Industrial Firefighter TrainingOnline, Full or part-time

Develop the knowledge and skills to be a competent member of an industrial fire brigade response team. There are four levels for this training. You can complete one level or all four to advance your career in industrial fire services.

Optical Office AssistantFull-time

Optical office assistants play an important role in supporting ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, and opticians, while helping to provide a positive experience for patients and clients.

This 12-week, fast-paced Optical Office Assistant program will prepare you to become a valuable asset to ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, and opticians while interacting with patients/clients to help make their experience a positive one. Students learn optical terminology, administrative skills to help coordinate and manage patient care, and optical software as well as basic pretesting clinical skills used in practices, clinics, and other related settings. Further, students will participate in a four-week work experience placement in a healthcare facility or clinic to practice and refine their skills.

Pharmacy TechnicianFull-time

Our nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician program thoroughly prepares graduates for this fast-paced and highly respected occupation. As a regulated pharmacy technician, you will be involved with dispensing prescriptions, preparing compounded medications and sterile products, repackaging pharmaceuticals, managing inventory, teaching patients to use medical devices, and providing patient care.

Physical Therapy AssistantFull-time, Online

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.

Practical NurseFull-time, Part-time, Open Studies, Online

To meet Alberta's growing needs in health care, the demand for licensed practical nurses is increasing. NorQuest College's Practical Nurse program, one of the largest in Canada, will prepare you to become a professional practical nurse educated to give high-quality care to clients in a variety of health-care settings.

Practical Nurse RefresherPart-time, Online

If you are a former Canadian-educated practical nurse or internationally educated nurse and wish to acquire your licence to work as an LPN, you can achieve your goal through a combination of: recognition of your prior learning. This can include a combination of transfer credit, prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) portfolio, challenge exams, and part-time online learning with NorQuest College.

You have up to five years to complete the Practical Nurse Refresher program.

Project AssistantPart-time, Online

The Project Assistant program will equip students with the skills and knowledge required to effectively support project managers in their day-to-day operations. Students will learn effective communication, a variety of business software applications to increase their productivity, basic office procedures and functions, and describe fundamental principles, terminology and processes of effective project management.

Service Industry SkillsPart-time

The Service Industry Skills training certificate program will provide students with the skills, knowledge and certifications required to become employable in the service industry. These short certifications are designed to get students trained in world-class customer service skills and get working quickly.

Settlement StudiesFull-time

The two-year Settlement Studies diploma program will develop the skills needed for human service professionals to effectively work with newcomers to Canada. Students will:

  • learn what distinguishes settlement work from other disciplines in the human services field
  • study different models and approaches to effectively work with migrant diaspora communities
  • learn strategies to help bridge cultural divides between newcomer communities and greater Canadian society

The program may be entered directly in Year 1, or in Year 2 after completion of NorQuest’s Community Support Worker certificate program.

Social WorkFull-time

NorQuest College offers an approved and accredited two-year full-time Social Work diploma program with a multicultural focus. As its mission, the program emphasizes the value of human diversity and teaches the practice of social work within an anti-oppressive framework that is supportive and empowering.

As a social worker, you may have the ability to improve the quality of life for yourself and for others through self-reflection and offering resources, services, and opportunities for your prospective clients. In addition, you will be prepared to create social change through your work and professional activities.

Strategic Social Media for OrganizationsPart-time, Online

The use of social media in organizations has become accepted and in fact expected by clients. The challenge that organizations face is how to use these tools effectively to accomplish their goals. This program will equip you with the knowledge to choose the right tool, execute effective tactics and understand how to measure success.

Supervisor and ManagementPart-time

Designed for current or emerging leaders and those looking for promotability within their current or future roles, the Supervisor and Management certificate program will provide you or your team with the skills and insight required to optimize their performance when supporting their teams and corporate goals.

Teaching English as a Second LanguageOnline

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.

Teaching English as an Additional Language ProfessionalFull-time

The Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional certificate is a flexible credit program that prepares graduates to be effective instructors of adult English language learners, and certified K-12 teachers who can better address the diverse language and cultural needs of their learners.

Therapeutic Recreation CertificateFull-time, Open Studies, Online

Note: The Therapeutic Recreation certificate program is under review and changes are anticipated for 2020-2021.

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.

Therapeutic Recreation DiplomaFull-time, Open Studies, Online

Note: The Therapeutic Recreation diploma program is under review and changes are anticipated for 2020-2021.

Building on the Therapeutic Recreation certificate program, this additional year focuses on the concepts, theory, and practical experiences related to the skills required of a recreation therapist. Focus is placed on client assessment, program design, evidence based practice, and leadership skills. Students will learn how to apply the concepts in practice to enhance the quality of life for clients receiving therapeutic recreation services.

Transitions to EmploymentFull-time

This 10-month program is designed to provide employment preparation training for adults with mild developmental disabilities. Our post-secondary setting enables learners to further their education beyond high school to transition to the workforce.

Through a combination of classroom and workplace instruction, you will acquire training on current equipment, an understanding of current workplace practices, food safety and handling skills, and independent living skills. Your self-confidence and marketable skills will increase while receiving ongoing, intensive support and mentoring from college faculty staff.

Veterinary Office AssistantFull-time

This 12-week, fast-paced Veterinary Office Assistant program will prepare you to work in the veterinary field supporting veterinarians and technicians while interacting with clients and their pets to help make their experience a positive one. Students learn office administrative skills such as customer service and billing, veterinary medical terminology, and medical record keeping. Further, students will participate in a four-week work experience placement in a veterinary-related office to practice and refine their skills.