Health Care Aide - Overview

Program Overview

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 Alberta Health and Wellness HCA provincial curriculum.

This program is at capacity for the February and March Edmonton full-time intakes but is still accepting applications. Should seats become available before the start of term, applicants on the waiting list will be contacted for the available seats. If you are on the waiting list, seats typically become available one week prior to the start of term and during the first week of classes, and can be filled by students who are able to attend on short notice.Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity that may become available.

There are still seats available in the workplace and eCampusAlberta offerings.


Career Potential

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be prepared to work in continuing care institutions, home care agencies, group homes, assisted or supportive living, day programs, specialized care centres and programs, acute care hospitals, and private care.

For more information on related careers see:

To research your career, you may complete a Career Investigation Report.

Program Length

21 weeks (full-time), 32 weeks (part-time/online), 8 or 12 months (workplace)

Delivery Options

Full-time (FT), Part-time (PT), Online

This program is available full-time, part-time, in workplaces, and online through eCampus Alberta. 

  • Fall, winter, and spring starts for eCampus and Health Care Aide PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) courses
  • Variable start dates for Regional programs
  • Monthly admission for Workplace Learning
  • Part-time options allow you to continue working while you complete the HCA program.
  • Online program can be taken anywhere in the province through eCampusAlberta. Labs and workshops for online students will be held at the downtown Edmonton campus, which may require students to travel.

The following are the program start dates for the 2015/16 Academic Year:

Program Delivery Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Spring 2016
Edmonton - full-time Sep 1, 2015 - Jan 20, 2016
Oct 2, 2015 - Feb 26, 2016
Feb 1 - Jun 10, 2016
Mar 9 - July 18, 2016
Edmonton - part-time evenings/wknds Sep 1, 2015 - Apr 29, 2016 Jan 6 - Aug 19, 2016  
Camrose - part-time evenings/wknds Oct 13, 2015 - June 22, 2016    
eCampus Alberta Online Sep 14, 2015 - Apr 29, 2016 Jan 5 - Aug 19, 2016 May 9 - Nov 30, 2016
Workplace delivery - 8 month option starts first of each month
Workplace delivery - 12 month option starts first of each month

Full-time Delivery

  • 21 to 24 week program
  • Face-to-face daytime classes, Monday to Friday
  • Instructor-led classes, labs and clinical practice
  • Downtown Edmonton campus

Part-time Delivery (Edmonton and Camrose)

  • Part-time face-to-face evening and weekend classes
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and every second Saturday at the Downtown Edmonton campus or The Bethany Group in Camrose
  • Instructor-led classes, labs and clinical practice
  • 32 weeks, which includes 2 practicums totalling 200 hours of instructor-supported clinical practice are Monday to Friday full-time days

eCampus Alberta Online Delivery

  • Learning material delivered online and through accompanying textbook
  • 32-week paced course study online
  • Instructor assistance by email
  • Course exams completed online
  • Mandatory attendance labs and workshops will be held at the downtown Edmonton campus, which may require students to travel.
  • includes 2 practicums totalling 200 hours of instructor-supported clinical practice in a facility in your geographic location, with an assigned clinical mentor
  • Site visits, supervision, and evaluation done by a NorQuest instructor.
  • Course exams completed online.

Workplace Education

  • This option is offered throughout Alberta in partnership with continuing care and home care employers.
  • Paced study is combined with tutoring and practice opportunities with your employer.
  • Monthly start dates are available.
  • Students have choice of 8 months or 12 months to complete the program.
  • Students are able to combine work and school by studying at home and practising your skills at work.
  • Students interested in this program must consult their employer.



Anywhere, Edmonton Downtown, Workplace

This program is available at all regional campuses in an online delivery format via eCampusAlberta.

Additional workplace deliveries are available. The Health Care Aide Workplace Education option is offered throughout Alberta in partnership with health-care employers. If you are interested in this program option, please consult your employer.

Credential Outcome


Term Start

Fall Start (September), Winter Start (January), Spring Start (May), Varies
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