Choosing a Program

NorQuest College helps learners from a wide variety of educational backgrounds further and complete their education across a range of foundational and workforce-relevant programs. Our flexible delivery options allow you to attend college full-time, part-time, or learn in your own community or home.

You have lots of options to help you choose the best program for you. ​Choose by:

  • subject interest
  • delivery method and time flexibility
  • length of program and outcome or credential
  • skills and abilities
  • further educational opportunities

Subject Interests

NorQuest College’s programs span many subject areas. Choose from:

Delivery Method and Time Flexibility

Flexibility is key for today’s adult learner. You have a busy life with work and family commitments, and you need programs that fit your schedule. Choose a delivery method that works best with your learning style – people who are self-motivated and focused will excel in online and distance courses, while other learners will prefer the focused aspects of face-to-face instruction.

Ways to Study
Full-time (FT) Students are registered in at least 60% of a program’s full course load by term.
Part-time (PT) Students are registered in fewer than 60% of a program’s full course load by term.
Open Studies Offered online, courses are offered in real-time or anytime delivery options for maximum flexibility for students.
Delivery Methods
In-person Courses are delivered in a classroom setting, face-to-face instruction, with regularly scheduled class meetings. These can be delivered:
  • Day: Classes are delivered with day time meeting schedules, Monday – Friday.
  • Evenings: Classes are delivered with evening meeting schedules, Monday – Friday.
  • Weekends: Classes are delivered with weekend meeting schedules.
  • Evening/Weekends: Classes are delivered with a combination of evening and weekend meeting schedules.
Online Offered in an online setting. In-person meetings may be required for some programs to complete laboratory components. Online courses are offered two ways:
  • Real-time – Students follow a specific real time class schedule and must be available to log into organized online class meetings or video conferencing. Classes are often synced with an in-person delivery, which may be delivered during day, evening or weekend hours depending on the program or course. Learn more about real-time online courses
  • Anytime – Students are not required to participate in regularly scheduled class meetings although there is specific course start, end, and due dates for course work. Online learning is self-directed. Learn more about anytime online courses
Open Entry/Open Exit: Students will be assigned a start date depending on their registration date and will be given a set number of weeks to complete the class. Students can complete the courses before their specific end dates.
Hybrid Uses a combination of in-person and online delivery. Online portions may include real-time and/or anytime components depending on the program and courses.
Delivery Location
Edmonton Downtown Campus
Westmount Campus (in Edmonton)
Drayton Valley Regional Campus
Wetaskiwin Regional Campus
Whitecourt Regional Campus

Other locations may be available.

Delivery Term Starts
fall start (September)
winter start (January)
spring start (May)
continuous (monthly intakes)

Program Length and Credential

Are you interested in a one- to two-year commitment that results in a diploma or a certificate? Or is time of the essence for you – you want to get in, get out, and get working? We have many options to fit your needs.

  • two-year diploma programs
  • one-year certificate programs
  • four-month certificate programs
  • short-term continuing education programs and courses (ranging from one day to several months)

Skills and Abilities

People learn best and are happiest with programs and career choices that fit with their personalities, skills and interests, as well as the learning level they are at.

Further Educational Opportunities

Whether you are working your way towards a high school diploma or GED or pursuing a future degree, our programs are meant to get you started on the path to life-long learning and success.

  • Start with foundational upgrading to get you back in the learning mode.
  • Prepare yourself for entry to a post-secondary program with academic upgrading and ESL training.
  • Get ahead of the curve or fill in gaps in your post-secondary education with open studies and university transfer courses.
  • Obtain a certificate that can help you towards finding employment or further education.
  • Get a post-secondary diploma that gives you a career and lets you work toward a professional designation or degree.
  • Take continuing education that furthers your career and potential professional certification opportunities in nursing, hospitality, fire rescue and safety, and project management.

Find the program that’s right for you and you’re on your way to a great future.