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 Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum.

Student Success

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

  • are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands.
  • have access to a vehicle to travel to complete their clinical practice experiences.
  • have access to a computer and basic computer skills.
New delivery added! Part-time delivery starting October 2016 in Rocky Mountain House

This program is currently at capacity for the September 2016 full-time face-to-face delivery, and is no longer accepting applications. Seats are still available in other deliveries. 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.


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), Hybrid, Online

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

  • 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 2016/17 Academic Year:

Program Delivery Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Edmonton - full-time Aug 29, 2016 - Jan 18, 2017
Oct 3, 2016 - Feb 27, 2017
Jan 30 - Jun 8, 2017
Mar 8 - July 17, 2017
Edmonton - part-time evenings/wknds Aug 29, 2016 - Apr 27, 2017 Jan 11 - Aug 23, 2017  
Rocky Mountain House - part-time evenings/wknds Oct 11, 2016 - Jun 12, 2017    
eCampus Alberta Online Sep 12, 2016 - Apr 27, 2017 Jan 3 - Aug 17, 2017 May 8 - Nov 29, 2017
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)

  • Part-time face-to-face evening and weekend classes
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and every second Saturday at the Downtown Edmonton campus
  • 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

Rocky Mountain House Part-time Delivery

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and THursday evening classes from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday class or lab hours from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Clinical days from 6:45 am - 3:15 pm

eCampusAlberta 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.

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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