Health and Community Studies

As the world changes, so do our communities and the people who live and work in them. These changes affect the work that many do to support the strength and well-being of our communities.

Whether you’re a front-line nurse in an emergency room, a social worker in the inner-city, or a health care aide at a senior living centre, NorQuest College has a variety of professional development courses that provide real-world, practical, and relevant skills to those working hard to serve our communities.

Our Health and Community Studies courses are delivered in a variety of methods. Some are online; others are hybrid. We will work with you to ensure our training is what you need.


Diversify your skills and expand your knowledge with NorQuest College’s continuing education courses for healthcare professionals.

Courses are designed with real-world, practical requirements in mind. Our goal is to equip healthcare professionals with tools you can use immediately and that support your career growth.

Course Listings

Adult Health Assessment for Nurses
Enhance your knowledge as a licensed practical nurse and learn theory and procedures based on best evidence for obtaining a health history and conducting a physical examination on a healthy adult.

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health-Care Providers
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health-Care Providers is a classroom course that is designed to teach a variety of health-care professionals how to recognize a number of life-threatening emergencies, how to provide CPR, how to use an AED and how to relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

Collaborative Care Clinical Foundations
The Collaborative Care Clinical Foundations course is designed to address the clinical competencies of non-physician health care professionals who are adapting to the work environment of a family physician clinic or primary care network. Disease and illness modules have been created to address clinical knowledge, clinical assessment, procedural skills, and point of care inquiry protocols. Having completed the course, learners will be well-prepared to provide effective collaborative patient care.

CPNRE Prep Workshop 1
One-day study skills and exam practice.

Human Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure
Provides a comprehensive overview of safe work practices in a work environment where students can be exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Issues in general safety and bloodborne pathogens are discussed. Topics include bloodborne diseases, risk assessment, recommended work practices.

Infusion Therapy for Nurses
This course prepares the licensed practical nurse by building upon previous nursing knowledge with practices based on best evidence in infusion therapy, intravenous therapy, subcutaneous infusion therapy (hypodermoclysis), care of central lines, medication administration, and blood transfusions.

Introduction to Gerontology
This course introduces learners to the theories of aging, the physiological and life changes that occur with aging, diversity within the aging population, and the role of the health professional in gerontological nursing.

Medication Administration: Intramuscular and Intradermal Injections
Acquire the knowledge and skills to safely administer medications to clients who require medication or treatments via the intramuscular or intradermal route.

Pharmacology Therapeutics and Medication Administration
Enhance your knowledge as a licensed practical nurse and learn theory, nursing care, and skills based on best evidence related to pharmacology therapeutics and medication administration.

Personal and Community Resilience in Disaster Recovery
This three-day workshop will build on the concepts and skills developed in Personal Resilience in Disaster Recovery. By the end of this workshop, participants will have an enhanced awareness of their possible reactions to disasters and of their own coping styles. They will also gain enhanced skills for coping with reactions, skills for establishing peer communities, and skills for coping with the dynamics of a diverse group in a chaotic environment.

Personal Resilience in Disaster Recovery
This four-day workshop focuses on building the skills of people who are volunteers or interested in becoming volunteers at disaster recovery sites.

Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
WHMIS course participants learn proper safety procedures to follow when using hazardous products in the workplace. Participants will also learn hazard identification, product classification, product labeling and warning signs. Upon successful completion, participants are issued WHMIS certificates valid for two years.

Clinical Pre-Requisite Bundle - XHLT 1600
NorQuest College has created a 3-course bundle offering, priced to save students on the combined cost of Basic Life Support (BLS) XHLT 1200 (In-person), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) XBUS 1017 (online), and Human Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure (HBPE) XHLT 1023 (online). Purchase the Clinical Prerequisite Bundle, and students register for all 3 courses at the discounted price. Students can also choose registration into the individual courses at their regular price. Please be aware that you may receive automated communications regarding this bundle, or the courses contained within it - no action is required in response.

Social Media for Healthcare Professionals - XHLT 1560

Designed for current and future healthcare providers, this engaging course will educate participants in the basics of social media platforms, explain the benefits and risks of social media use for those in the healthcare field, outline a framework of responsible social media etiquette, and offer proactive social media recommendations for all healthcare providers.


Community Studies

Whether you are a social worker, a rehabilitation specialist, or in human resources, our Community Studies programming offers a variety of practical and relevant courses to support you in your career.

Our courses provide skills industry needs and demands. We want our students to take the knowledge and easily apply it back to their day-to-day work while bringing insight into future demands and trends.

Course Listings

Disaster Recovery Training
Prepare for the emotional and mental challenges of volunteering in disaster recovery efforts and become equipped to assist others. This introductory workshop focuses on types of reactions and coping styles, skills to be effective in a disaster situation, and beyond.

Elder Abuse
The number of individuals who are 55 years and older and are experiencing neglect, emotional, financial, and sexual or physical abuse is growing. Prevention of elder abuse takes a closer look and provides the skills and tools to combat this growing issue.

Introduction to Gerontology
Students are introduced to the theories of aging, the physiological and life changes that occur, and the diversity within the aging population.

Mental Health First Aid
NorQuest College offers mental health first aid (MHFA) with an emphasis on basics, adults who interact with youth, and seniors. The course follows specific disorders and predominant crisis situations in an effort to recognize and provide initial help and decrease surrounding stigmas.

Prevention of Domestic Violence
Combating the cause and effect of domestic violence begins with understanding. The course will provide students with the ability to identify signs, causes, and effects of domestic violence; understand its criminal cycle; learn how to support and assist its victims; and discover relevant agencies and social services that are available.

Social Media and Community Services
This engaging course will educate the basics of present-day social media platforms, explain the community service-world benefits and risks of social media use, outline framework of responsible social media etiquette, and offer proactive social media recommendations.

Support for Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace
Many employers in the non-profit, public, and private sector have expressed their desire to be more inclusive in their hiring and have goals and mandates in place to ensure this becomes part of best practices. This course is designed to support peers, supervisors, and owners who work with and/or interact with others with disabilities as part of their core business.

Delivery Options

Looking for tailored professional development for your team or organization? Custom training opportunities are available. Contact Continuing Education Health and Community for more information.

Maximize your training budget

Many of NorQuest College's corporate training programs qualify for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which pays two-thirds of eligible training costs. Contact us for more information.