Health Care Aide

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Post-Graduation Work Permit

The in-person delivery of this program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for international students.

What it costs for January 2023

The amounts listed are based on a full-time course load and are estimates, so should not be used as actual numbers. All amounts listed are in Canadian (CAD) currency.

If you are planning on taking a part-time course load, try our tuition and fees estimator to get an idea of how much it will cost you.

Tuition estimate+ Fees estimate= Total estimate
Term 1 $3,262.50 + $967.50 = $4,230
Term 2 $3,262.50 + $488.50 = $3,751
Total estimate $6,525 + $1,456 = $7,981

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Tuition estimate+ Fees estimate= Total estimate
Term 1 $8,550 + $967.50 = $9,517.50
Term 2 $8,550 + $488.50 = $9,038.50
Total estimate $17,100 + $1,456 = $18,556

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  Tuition estimate + Fees estimate = Total estimate
$2,826 + $701 = $3,527
Total estimate $2,826 + $701 = $3,527

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NorQuest College Student Financial Aid helps you see the financial resources you are eligible for. The Health Care Aide program qualifies for several funding options.

Courses for January 2023

How long it takes you to complete your program depends on how you would like to learn.  

  • All deliveries include a mandatory in person lab and clinical component, which may be 50% of the number of hours per course. 

  • Full-time status in this program is considered 11 credits or more per academic term. 

Delivery Types 

In person - Edmonton Campus with all theory and lab classes on campus during the week (Mon to Fri) and clinicals in Edmonton and surrounding areas. 

If you attend all of your classes in person, at the Edmonton campus, then you will complete your program in eight months when learning full-time as outlined in the top three tabs on the right side. 

Online w/ in person labs - Edmonton Campus with all theory and lab classes (labs on Fridays and Saturdays) on campus and clinicals in Edmonton and surrounding areas. 

Evening - Edmonton Campus with all theory and lab classes on campus in the evenings and clinicals in Edmonton and surrounding areas. 

Wetaskiwin - Wetaskiwin Campus with all theory and lab classes in the evenings on campus and clinicals in Wetaskiwin and surrounding areas. 

If you prefer to study in the online w/ in person labs delivery, in the evenings, or at our Wetaskiwin campus, it will take you 12 months to complete your studies when learning full-time.  

Courses in this program must be taken in a certain sequence to match Government of Alberta requirements. We have outlined the courses in order for the 8-month completion on the right. Students learning online w/ in person labs, in the evening, or in Wetaskiwin will take 3 terms, approximately 12 months.

12 month program completion path (Online, Evening and Wetaskiwin deliveries):

Term one: HLTH 1031, HLTH 1032, and HLTH 1034 

Term two: HLTH 1033, HLTH 1550, and HLTH 2016 

Term three: HLTH 2017, HLTH 2550, HLTH 2551, and HLTH 3000 

You must complete nine courses and the Provincial Comprehensive Exam to graduate. The Provincial Comprehensive Exam must be completed within 60 days of the successful completion of HLTH 2551

Contact the program area or student navigator if you have further questions about the order of courses or the length of your studies. 

Credits needed for full-time status: 11 credits per term. Part-time learning is available and most students taking this program part-time finish in 18 months.  

Credits needed for full-time status: 11 credits per term

Term 1 - 16 weeks, 5 courses
Term 2 - 16 weeks, 4 courses
HCA Provincial Comprehensive Exam, 1 course

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