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: Students registered in at least 60% of a program’s full course load by term.

Part-Time: Students registered in fewer than 60% of a program’s full course load by term.

Open Studies: An option available for learners who wish to take post-secondary level credit courses, but are not applying to a specific program.

eCampus: Offered online, students access courses and programs from colleges, technical institutes, and universities throughout the province. Synchronous (real-time) and Asynchronous (anytime) options are available.

Delivery Methods

Face-to-Face: Courses are delivered in a classroom setting, face-to-face instruction, with regularly scheduled class meetings.

  • 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. Face-to-face meetings may be required for some programs to complete laboratory components. Online courses are offered two ways:

  • Synchronous (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 a face-to-face delivery, which may be delivered during day, evening or weekend hours depending on the program or course. Learn more about real time online courses

  • Asynchronous (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 about anytime online courses.

Open Entry/Open Exit (OEE): Students will be assigned a start date depending on their registration date and will be given a set number of weeks to complete the online class. Students can complete the online courses before their specific end dates.

Hybrid: Uses a combination of face-to-face and online delivery. Online portions may include synchronous and/or asynchronous components depending on the program and courses.

Distance: Uses a combination of paper, phone, mail, and/or online correspondence for off campus learning.

Delivery Location

  • Edmonton Downtown Campus
  • Westmount Campus (in Edmonton)
  • Wetaskiwin Regional Campus
  • Drayton Valley Regional Campus
  • Whitecourt Regional Campus
  • Online

Other locations may be available.

Delivery Term Start

  • Fall Start (September)
  • Winter Start (January)
  • Spring Start (May)
  • Summer Start (July)
  • Continuous (Monthly intakes)

Program Length and Credential

Are you interested in a 1 to 2 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.

  • 2 year diploma programs
  • 1 year certificate programs
  • 4 month (16 week) certificate programs
  • Short term continuing education programs and courses (ranging from 1 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, Lean/Six Sigma, and project management.

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