Health Studies

NorQuest College is helping ensure Alberta is prepared to meet the growing need for continuing care and anticipated shortage of continuing care workers with the support of our nationally recognized continuing care career programs. We offer the largest Health Care Aide program and one of the largest Practical Nurse programs in Canada, along with several allied health programs. Our programs offer hands-on training, simulation labs, and practicum and work placements, giving students the practical skills to enter the workforce. And, NorQuest College graduates enjoy a 95% success rate in either finding employment or continuing their education.

Advanced Education in Orthopaedics for LPNs

This post-diploma, advanced certificate program prepares licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with the knowledge and skills for a specialized career in orthopaedics. The program consists of two theory courses, one lab course, and a clinical practice through self-paced study.

Learners will further their understanding of anatomy and physiology in relation to orthopaedics and orthopaedic radiology, assessment, and trauma. The curriculum includes specialized orthopaedic procedures, including casting.

Health Care Aide

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 2019 Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum.

Health Care Leadership

The Health Care Leadership post-diploma certificate program is offered in a student-centred classroom or an online hybrid environment to prepare graduates for leadership roles within a variety of health-care settings. The program delivers theoretical knowledge and skills assessment related to leadership and management with focuses on: leadership development, cultural sensitivity, communication, organizational behaviour, principles of adult education, business fundamentals, strategic planning, and inter-professional collaboration. Students will acquire advanced leadership skills that will assist them in being recognized as essential contributors to the overall operations of both private and public health organizations.

Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant

The Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares students to work in today's interdisciplinary health-care systems. This program will provide students with a strong occupational and physical therapy assistant background, and incorporate essential assistant-level skills in speech language therapy and therapeutic recreation. Equipped with skills in these four rehabilitation disciplines, students will be prepared to meet industry demand and work in various general therapy, rehabilitation, as well as discipline-specific positions.

If you enjoy helping people and want a career assisting patients to overcome injuries, or impairments, this diploma program could be for you.

LPN Continuing Education Courses

Licensed practical nurse (LPN) continuing education courses can be applied to your continuing competency profile. These are self-paced online education courses. You can register at any time and you will have 26 weeks to complete each course. A certificate of completion is awarded for each course successfully completed.

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician

The Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program prepares skilled graduates to enter the workforce to perform the critical work of sterilizing, packaging, and storing surgical and medical instruments.

Medical Office Assistant

Considered a valuable asset to the health-care team, medical office assistants support physicians and other health care professionals with essential administrative support. NorQuest’s 12-week, fast-paced Medical Office Assistant program helps graduates get into the workforce quickly and develop skills to perform a variety of tasks including scheduling, billing, word processing, communications, and more.

Pharmacy Technician

Our nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician program thoroughly prepares graduates for this fast-paced and highly respected occupation. As a regulated pharmacy technician, you will be involved with dispensing prescriptions, preparing compounded medications and sterile products, repackaging pharmaceuticals, managing inventory, teaching patients to use medical devices, and providing patient care.

Practical Nurse

To meet Alberta's growing needs in health care, the demand for licensed practical nurses is increasing. NorQuest College's Practical Nurse program, one of the largest in Canada, will prepare you to become a professional practical nurse educated to give high-quality care to clients in a variety of health-care settings.

Practical Nurse Refresher

If you are a former Canadian-educated practical nurse or internationally educated nurse and wish to acquire your licence to work as an LPN, you can achieve your goal through a combination of:

  • ​recognition of your prior learning. This can include a combination of: transfer credit, prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) portfolio, challenge exams, and
  • part-time online learning with NorQuest College.

You have up to five years to complete the Practical Nurse Refresher program.

Therapeutic Recreation Certificate

The Therapeutic Recreation certificate program focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities.

Following successful completion, graduates may continue on to the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma program.

Therapeutic Recreation Diploma

Building on the Therapeutic Recreation certificate program, this additional year focuses on the concepts, theory and practical experiences related to leadership and critical thinking you will need to work with clients and enhance their quality of life through leisure activities. The leadership and communication skills you develop will help you encourage clients, who may have cognitive or physical impairments, to participate in activities.

Assisting Clients I
In this hands-on laboratory-based course, you will become familiar with the knowledge and skill procedures you need to safely care for individuals. Learn about the importance of mobility to one’s health, as well as the skills required to safely and comfortably meet the client’s mobility needs. You will also learn the importance of observation, practice planning, and documenting the care given to the client.
Assisting with Medication Delivery
This course will assist you to work safely within the legal roles and responsibilities of health care aides in this province. Assisting with medication delivery is a very challenging and highly responsible task. The theory and labs of this course will allow you to undertake this task with competence and confidence. This course is included in the HCA Preparation for Employment provincial standard as mandated by Alberta Health Services.
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health-Care Providers
The 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.
Basic Pharmacotherapeutics
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, side effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study common drug classifications and selected medications, including herbal preparations, within each classification. Explore the pertinent legislation related to best evidenced in medication therapy.
Business Fundamentals
This course introduces the fundamental tools and concepts related to financial and human resource management in health-care organizations. Students will learn the need to understand the cost of doing business and will acquire the skills to read, analyze, and interpret financial information related to budgeting, funding, and accounting. They will also gain an understanding of the principles of change and basic project management.
Capstone Project
The capstone project is designed to be a culmination of a student’s overall leadership coursework. It provides the student with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and concepts learned during the program into a project that will showcase their leadership skills and their impact on individuals or organizations in a chosen environment. Topics may be taken from the student’s personal experience, but can also focus on specific interests in health care, education, community, or interprofessional organizations. This project promotes the exploration of personal leadership styles and skills through assessment and critique of the student’s chosen project.
Communication and Collaboration in Health Care – Lab
This lab course gives learners the opportunity to apply the concepts learned in "Communication and Collaboration in Health Care – Theory." Realistic clinical and interprofessional situations will be simulated to allow learners to practise strategies and apply knowledge acquired in the theory component. Teaching and presentation skills will be developed through the creation of educational materials to promote public awareness and knowledge of rehabilitation.
Communication and Collaboration in Health Care – Theory
In this course, learners will acquire the skills to collaborate as an effective member of an interdisciplinary health-care team by developing their knowledge of team functional roles, communication strategies, conflict management, and cultural competency. Students will learn to adapt communication strategies to perform client interviews and develop effective therapeutic relationships.
Communication in the Health-Care Environment
Strong communication skills are an important part of being a successful health care aide in a health-care environment that requires competent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills. This course focuses on professional communication with other team members, clients, and client families; written communication including documentation in client records and report completion; and strategies for problem solving and handling conflict. Strategies for overcoming the challenges and barriers to communication between client and caregiver caused by disease and aging in the client will also be discussed.
Communications for Nursing
Examine the fundamentals of communication and the development of interpersonal, therapeutic nurse-patient, and professional relationships with members of the interdisciplinary health-care team. Examine factors that influence our ability to communicate effectively and discover communication strategies that can improve our interactions with others. Discover the connections between effective communication, patient safety, and safe, high-quality care. Learn about theories related to communication climates, groups, teams, conflict and conflict management, and intimidation behaviour.
Community Pharmacy Lab
Gain practical experience in applying safe and accurate medication practices in community pharmacy environments. Develop a knowledge base of frequently prescribed medications and related dosage forms while mastering basic concepts of prescription dispensing, checking, inventory management, and patient interactions. Performance evaluation is based on evidence of the attainment of skills and demonstration of professionalism throughout the lab sessions.
Community Pharmacy Practice
Learn about community pharmacy operations in relation to the roles of pharmacy personnel, security, technology, and contemporary issues in community pharmacy practice.  Explore the application of federal and provincial legislation to community pharmacy services.
Community Practicum
Gain practical experience applying the knowledge and skills of a pharmacy technician in a community pharmacy setting.  Students are preceptored in a community pharmacy for four consecutive weeks (20 days/160 hours). Some evening or weekend shifts may be required.
Community Prescription Processing Lab
Learn to use community dispensary software programs to accurately enter prescription information.  Computer software practice opportunities are provided for modification of drug and inventory information, as well as for updating patient and physician information.
Compounding Lab
Gain practical experience in preparing a variety of extemporaneous compounds, including liquids, suspensions, emulsions, lotions, solutions, elixirs, ointments, creams, and suppositories. Learn how to competently calculate, weigh, and measure chemicals and complete records required in pharmacy practice.
Computer Applications for Dental Office Professionals
Learn to use common dental practice management software. Students will become proficient creating and updating clients, scheduling appointments, managing recalls, coding dental procedures, billing patients and third parties, and recording payments.
Computer Applications for Veterinary Office Professionals
Learn to use common veterinary practice management software. Become proficient at creating and updating client files, scheduling appointments, managing recalls, coding veterinary procedures, billing patients and third parties, and recording payments.
Dementia Studies
This is a creative and dynamic approach to dementia care that is suitable for caregivers, both formal and informal, in a variety of care settings. Comprehensive information about dementia from diagnosis to end stage is discussed in a practical and interactive manner.
Dental Office Procedures
Dental administrative professionals play an important role in providing support to dental clients and the dental health-care team. Students will identify key dental health team members, and learn about the laws governing dental health professionals. This course introduces students to the skills required to communicate professionally with diverse clients and within the dental team while utilizing practice management systems. The promotion of dental practice marketing and advertising will be examined.
Dental Terminology
In this course, students are introduced to dental terminology by learning how to read and interpret commonly used dental terms, symbols, and abbreviations. Students will also develop an understanding of basic dental anatomy. An emphasis is placed on the clinical environment of the dental practice, medical emergency response, and infection prevention and control. Students will also examine dental procedures, fee codes, and dental charting.
Fundamentals of Inclusive Leadership
This course further builds on the leadership principles related to intercultural awareness, engagement, and managing family-client dynamics. Canada’s ever-increasing multicultural population requires individuals in leadership roles to visualize leadership in the context of a globalized, diverse, and multicultural society.
Health Assessment
Learn and practise procedures based on best evidence for obtaining a health history and conducting a physical examination on a healthy adult. Examine assessment findings for normal structures and functions of the human body. In the laboratory component of this course, apply your newly acquired knowledge. Practise obtaining a health history and demonstrate your physical assessment skills.
Health Care Aide Integrated Practicum I
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, students will work in a designated assisted living (DAL) site providing care and support for clients.
Health Care Aide Integrated Practicum II
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, students will work in a continuing care setting providing care and support for clients.
Health Care Quality, Safety, and Innovation
In this course, students will develop the abilities necessary to lead the implementation and evaluation of quality safety programs within a variety of settings. The role of leaders and advanced governance principles for quality and safety will be examined in relation to the promotion of holistic, client-centred care and the associated barriers. Students will acquire the skills to build a culture of high performance, innovation, reform, and safety.
Institutional Pharmacy Lab
Gain practical experience in applying safe and accurate medication practices in institutional pharmacy environments. Develop a knowledge base of frequently prescribed medications and related dosage forms while mastering basic concepts of prescription dispensing and checking in a variety of drug distribution systems. Performance evaluation is based on evidence of the attainment of skills and demonstration of professionalism throughout the lab sessions.
Institutional Pharmacy Practice
Explore the ways in which institutional pharmacy operations influence the work of pharmacy personnel and the function of drug distribution systems and pharmacy services. Study the issues that affect institutional pharmacy practice and the impact of technology and trends. Learn how federal and provincial legislation applies to institutional pharmacy services. In addition, you will learn about aseptic technique in the preparation of sterile products.
Institutional Practicum
Gain practical experience applying the knowledge and skills of a pharmacy technician in an institutional pharmacy setting.  Students are preceptored in an institutional pharmacy for four consecutive weeks (20 days/160 hours). Some evening or weekend shifts may be required.
Institutional Prescription Processing Lab
Expand your knowledge in the use of pharmacy software programs. Practise order entry of prescriptions for institutionalized patients by entering the prescriptions according to simulated institutional health-care agency guidelines.
Integrated Care Across the Lifespan
This course introduces learners to typical and atypical human development and helps them to understand their role as part of an interprofessional (SLP, PT, OT) treatment team. The foundations of pediatric care will be addressed, and learners will have the opportunity to integrate their knowledge from previous courses to analyze examples of holistic treatment strategies across various pathological conditions and impairments. Health promotion, maintenance, remediation, and adaptations are emphasized.
Integrated Skills for Pharmacy Technicians
Integrate theory and hands-on lab skills from throughout the pharmacy technician diploma program as you prepare for clinical placement in the program and a career as a pharmacy technician.
Introduction to Composition
The course has a strong focus on essay composition and analysis. The assignments are designed to encourage critical and analytical reading, thinking, and writing. This course also introduces and demonstrates the APA method of citation. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
Introduction to Language and Swallowing Disorders – Lab
In this lab, learners will have the opportunity to integrate the theory and principles covered in "Introduction to Language and Swallowing Disorders – Theory" into practice. Learners will be given hands-on experience implementing the clinical skills necessary for working with individuals with developmental disorders.
Introduction to Language and Swallowing Disorders – Theory
Learners are given an overview of the sequence of typical language development and normal developmental milestones. Developmental and acquired language disorders, as well as treatment approaches and techniques for both developmental and acquired language disorders, are covered. In addition, the anatomy and physiology related to normal and disordered swallowing will be reviewed. The role of the assistant in providing basic assessment preparation and dysphagia management techniques will be discussed.
Introduction to Leadership & Management
This course provides students with knowledge related to the fundamentals of leadership and management, emphasizing leadership styles, power, self-reflection, decision making, communication styles, and the components of effective leadership.
Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
Explore the history of pharmacy practice.  Discover the role and scope of practice of the pharmacy technician within the Canadian health-care system. Examine health promotion and primary health care in relation to medication use. Explore the use of critical thinking in pharmacy practice. Learn the fundamentals of pharmacy practice related to drug development and manufacturing, drug stability, drug formulations and uses, and safe medication practices. This course also introduces you to lifelong learning through reflective practice and has a mentorship component.
Introduction to Software Applications
Practise intermediate computer skills in MS Windows using MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, as well as commonly used Internet browsers. Learn how to apply these skills in a health-care setting with workplace-relevant exercises and assignments.
Introduction to Speech and Communication Disorders – Lab
This lab gives learners the opportunity to integrate the theory and principles covered in "Introduction to Speech and Communication Disorders - Theory" into practice. Learners will be given hands-on experience implementing the clinical skills necessary for working with individuals with speech, fluency, or voice disorders.
Introduction to Speech and Communication Disorders – Theory
This course provides learners with an overview of typical speech sound development and common speech sound and motor speech disorders. Approaches and strategies for the treatment of articulation, phonological, and motor speech disorders will be addressed. In addition, a brief introduction to and the basic treatment principles of fluency disorders, voice and resonance disorders, structurally related disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) will be covered.
Leadership: Communication, Collaboration and Relationship Building
This course explores the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Students will examine concepts related to effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others and enhance critical-thinking skills that support relationship building. They will learn and apply concepts related to communication, climate, groups, teams, conflict management, and problem solving. The focus will be on exploring and enhancing emotional intelligence in relation to personal and social competence.
Medical Applications
Learn about specific medical software applications used to electronically manage information in a hospital setting. Acquire skills that will enhance your employment opportunities as a unit clerk in a health-care setting.
Medical Orders
Learn about and practise processing medical orders in a hospital setting. You will work with orders for admissions and discharges, transfers, diagnostic tests, medical treatments, medications, and pre-operative and post-operative treatments.
Meeting Complex Care Needs
Building on the basic skills introduced in previous courses, this course gives students the opportunity to learn the advanced skills that health care aides need to support care activities such as ostomy care, respiratory care, catheter care, and tube feeds. In addition, accurate measurement of vital signs is demonstrated, practised, and assessed, and students will acquire the knowledge and skills required to provide safe active and passive range-of-motion exercises.
Nursing Foundations I: Introduction to Nursing
This first nursing foundations course of the Practical Nurse diploma program introduces several concepts and processes that will be further developed and applied throughout the program. The course introduces the learner to nursing by exploring health care in Canada, the history of nursing, and the evolving role of the practical nurse. Values, ethics, legalities, and legislation that affect nursing practice in Alberta are also introduced. The learner will relate the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse to the direction of the professional association and standards of nursing practice. The nursing metaparadigm and nursing theory are explained as major concepts in nursing. Learners explore the holistic approach to client-centred care. Critical thinking skills are developed as the learner applies nursing knowledge to the delivery of safe, quality nursing care.
Nursing Foundations II: Basic Nursing
This second nursing foundations course builds on the theory and skills learned in Semester I, with a focus on the client and the nurse-client relationship. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare the student practical nurse for the continuing care practicum. Topics include the metaparadigm of nursing, safety, professionalism, and leadership, but the focus shifts from the applying these concepts to self to applying them to the client. Emphasis will be placed on using the nursing process, demonstrating critical thinking, applying the concept of self-care, and setting priorities. Students will develop nursing care plans tailored to client needs and will demonstrate effective documentation, mathematical calculations, communication, and client-teaching skills. In the lab setting, students will apply theory, practise skills, and competently perform the selected nursing skills required for the continuing-care practicum.
Nursing Foundations III: Medical-Surgical Nursing
This nursing course focuses on nursing care and related skills based on evidence-informed medical-surgical nursing practice. The learner builds upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care of the medical-surgical client using the nursing metaparadigm and the nursing process. The learner continues to develop leadership skills through the experience of mentorship. A laboratory component is included in which learners apply theory and practise nursing skills related to medical-surgical nursing, including parenteral medication administration.
Nursing Foundations IV: Maternity Nursing
This course introduces the learner to the childbearing family and the practical nurse's role in promoting, restoring, and maintaining the health of the maternity client and her family. The learner will apply knowledge of the nursing process and the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm to the care of the expectant family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the child-bearing family and learn how assessment of family strengths, coping abilities, and life experiences are key to the practical nurse's role in health promotion. The learner will apply the collaborative interdisciplinary team approach to maternity care. New developments in maternal and newborn care will be examined as trends and issues in maternity care are addressed.
Nursing Foundations V: Pediatric Nursing
This course builds on previous nursing knowledge and related theory and assists the student in adapting nursing care for pediatric clients and their families through the use of the nursing metaparadigm, nursing process, and growth and development theories. Theoretical concepts of assessment of the pediatric client related to growth and development are introduced. Pathophysiology, nursing care, communication, and health-teaching techniques specific to pediatric clients and their family are discussed.
Nursing Foundations VI: Community Nursing
This nursing course examines family and community theory, assisting the learner to acquire the knowledge and skill required to promote the health and well-being of families within the community. The course emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the interdisciplinary health-care team, families, and communities to achieve safe, evidence-informed community nursing practice. The learner will build upon previous nursing knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of the family and community using a nursing metaparadigm and nursing process. Trends and issues in the care of families and communities will also be explored.
Nursing Foundations VII: Mental Health Nursing
This nursing course explores legal and ethical considerations and social stigmas related to mental health disorders. The learner will examine evidence-informed mental health nursing practice for clients and their families as they adjust to changes in functioning associated with mental health issues and related treatments. The learner will build upon previous knowledge and related theory in adapting the nursing approach to the care and health promotion of mental health clients and their families using the metaparadigm of nursing and nursing process. Trends and issues in mental health nursing will also be explored.
Nursing Foundations VIII: Transition to Graduate Nursing
The final theory course of the program prepares the learner for the transition from student to graduate practical nurse. The learner will explore working within the parameters of a health-care organization, labour relations, and the professional association. The learner will also study concepts surrounding power, empowerment, contributing to successful teams, types of management and leadership styles, professional development, continued competence, lifelong learning, and quality improvement, all of which contribute to becoming a professional practical nurse in today's health-care field.
Nursing Practice I: Continuing Care Practice
This nursing practice course provides opportunities for the learner to gain experience as a member of the interdisciplinary health-care team by providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care in a continuing care setting, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse.
Nursing Practice II: Acute Care Practice - Medicine
This practice course provides the learner with clinical experience as a member of the health-care team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients and families in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice III, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
Nursing Practice II: Acute Care Practice - Surgery
This practice course continues to provide the learner with clinical experience as a member of the interdisciplinary team, providing safe, holistic, and evidence-informed nursing care to clients in an acute care environment, following the standards of practice for a practical nurse. This course includes four weeks of instructor-supervised clinical practice on an acute care medical and/or surgical unit and in combination with Nursing Practice II, meets the program requirements of eight weeks of placement in an acute care setting.
Occupational Therapy Foundations of Mental Health and Cognition for Assistants
Examine the areas of mental health and cognition as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy. Gain foundational knowledge into common mental health conditions, as well as a comprehensive introduction to cognition and disorders of cognition. Explore the role of the therapy assistant within the mental health and cognitive practices of occupational therapy.
Occupational Therapy Theories and Foundations of Physical Medicine for Assistants – Lab
This course allows learners to apply their knowledge of the therapeutic interventions that an occupational therapy assistant may use. Learners will practise handling and modifying ADL equipment, including bathroom equipment, wheelchairs, pressure-relieving modalities, and cushions. Learners will also fabricate a basic splint and learn how to modify and manage orthotics under the supervision of an occupational therapist.
Occupational Therapy Theories and Foundations of Physical Medicine for Assistants – Theory
Explore the fundamental concepts, theories, and frames of reference specific to occupational therapy that can be applied to various adult populations. Obtain comprehensive foundational knowledge in activities of daily living, posture, seating, supportive surfaces, wounds, pressure, splinting, and orthotics as they pertain to occupational therapy and its unique approach to client care. The course will prepare the learner with the necessary knowledge and understanding to work successfully under the supervision of and in co-operation with the occupational therapist.
Organizational Behaviour and Leadership
This course explores the key components of organizational behaviour in health care and focuses on organizational environment and structure, and the interaction between individuals and groups within the organization. Topics will include theories of perception and motivation, understanding organizational structure and culture, and leading change.
OTA/PTA Practicum I
In this practicum, learners are introduced to assisting with occupational and/or physical therapy services under the supervision of an occupational and/or physical therapist. Learners will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of occupational and/or physical therapy foundations and the treatment of common client conditions. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
OTA/PTA Practicum II
This practicum gives learners the opportunity to assist with occupational and/or physical therapy services under the supervision of an occupational and/or physical therapist. Learners will build on their knowledge of occupational and/or physical therapy competencies. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized. Through the practicum experience, learners will develop increased confidence and consistency in providing quality treatment.
OTA/PTA Practicum III
This course provides a clinically relevant view of the roles and responsibilities of a therapy assistant. Under the supervision of an occupational and/or physical therapist or a team of preceptors (OT/PT/SLP/TR), learners will apply the academic knowledge and skills acquired during the program and will gain valuable hands-on experience. Through the practicum experience, learners will develop increased confidence, consistency, and independence in providing quality treatment.
Pathophysiology for Health-Care Professions
This course builds upon previous knowledge of human anatomy and physiology by exploring the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders that produce alterations in human physiological function. The etiology, pathophysiology, complications, and clinical manifestations of select acute and chronic alterations across the lifespan are examined to gain a basic understanding of these pathophysiological changes. Major concepts associated with disease are examined through a holistic lens.
Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation
This course focuses on the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders commonly encountered in the field of rehabilitation. Learners gain a foundation for understanding the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. The course explores common disease entities as examples of pathological processes. Each pathological process is explained as a concept and illustrated by typical diseases and disorders. Disease is discussed in terms of manifestations, causes, and complications. Learners will acquire a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
Pharmaceutical Calculations
Learn the application of arithmetic to pharmacy calculations.  Examine units of measurement, pharmacy math, prescription pricing, calculation of medication doses, and those calculations used in the preparation of extemporaneous compounds and parenteral products.
Pharmacotherapeutics I
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study the drugs used to treat infections and various disorders affecting the nervous, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems.
Pharmacotherapeutics II
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study the drugs used to treat various disorders affecting the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. Topical therapies, chemotherapy, and nutrition are also studied.
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Examine the laws and ethics that govern health care, pharmacy practice, and the profession of pharmacy technician in Alberta. Learn the value of professionalism, the Code of Ethics, and the concept of self-regulated professions. Students will differentiate between personal and professional values and principles.
Practicum for Dental Office Assistants
This four-week practicum placement will give students hands-on practice in a dental office or related field.
Practicum for Veterinary Office Assistants
This four-week work experience placement will give learners hands-on practice in an active veterinary clinic or other related veterinary organization. Contact HATadmin@norquest.ca for permission to enroll.
Preceptor-Supervised Clinical Practice-Acute Care Medicine
This acute care practicum consists of 4 weeks of clinical practice in an acute care medical unit.
Preceptor-Supervised Clinical Practice-Acute Care Surgery
This acute care practicum consists of 4 weeks of clinical practice in an acute care surgical unit.
Principles of Adult Education
This course focuses on preparing students for leadership roles, where they will need to understand and apply the principles of adult education and teaching and learning strategies when assessing needs and developing educational materials and resources for adult learners. Students will develop knowledge and skills related to facilitation and the creation of an optimal learning environment for adult learners.
Professional Practice for Pharmacy Technicians
Examine the responsibilities of the pharmacy technician to the profession and the practice of pharmacy; explore the role of the technician with common self-medication products.  Utilizing excellent patient-centred communication skills, learn to describe and demonstrate accurate and safe patient teaching for use of common devices and aids.
Professional Practice for Therapy Assistants
This course prepares learners to begin their journey as a therapy assistant and helps them develop the leadership skills essential to success in their role as a therapy assistant. Learners will find job postings, prepare resumés and cover letters, and have the opportunity to practise interview skills. They will also reflect on their current level of competency and create plans for future growth and learning.
Providing Client Care and Comfort
In this course, you will learn to support clients to maintain their independence and meet their care needs according to individual care plans. You will acquire the skills and knowledge you need to assist clients with daily grooming and hygiene and to assist clients to walk and use mobility aids and wheel chairs safely. You will learn several methods for carrying out client lifts and transfers, with a focus on client safety and comfort. Upon completion of the course, you will have excellent baseline knowledge of standards for meeting client nutritional needs and strict guidelines in safe food handling as set out in Alberta Long-Term Care Accommodation Standards.
Psychology for Health-Care Professionals
This course introduces the scientific study of behaviour and human development. You will learn terminology and theoretical concepts common to psychology. You will learn about the dominant theories in psychology today and the scientific process. You will also learn about human development across the lifespan; processes of the mind including consciousness, learning, and memory, cognition and intelligence, emotion and motivation; and social behaviour. The concepts of stress and health and psychological health and illness are introduced.  Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
Recreation Therapy Assistant Practicum
In this practicum, learners are introduced to a therapeutic recreation setting and the role of the therapeutic recreation assistant in providing recreation therapy to clients. Learners will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of wellness through leisure, common client conditions, assisting clients, program session planning, and program implementation under the supervision of a recreation therapist. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
Special Activities for Diverse Clients
A central feature of this course is the extensive section on meeting the care and comfort needs of clients with a diagnosis of dementia. Students also learn about care strategies for assisting other diverse client groups such as clients with a mental health diagnosis and clients with developmental delays and physical disabilities. Health care aides employed by home care agencies may have the opportunity to provide care for infants and children, and this course provides the information and skills needed to assist with these care assignments.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Practicum
This practicum introduces learners to the role of the speech-language pathology assistant and how to provide assistance with speech-language pathology services. Learners will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the assistant’s role in delivering optimal speech, language, communication, and dysphagia management services to clients and stakeholders and provide direct or indirect client services under the direction of a speech-language pathologist. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
Sterile Products Lab
Apply your previous knowledge in the preparation of sterile products, including parenteral medication. Develop competency in the skills required by pharmacy technicians for sterile products: basic aseptic techniques, accuracy, record keeping, and strict adherence to protocol.
Strategic Planning in Health Care
The focus of this course will be strategic organizational planning, including the key concepts of strategic thinking, creative strategizing, and the implementation and evaluation of a strategy. Current and future trends in strategic-planning initiatives in complex health-care organizations will be explored.
Structure and Function of the Human Body - Health and Chronic Illness
In this course, you will study the 10 systems that make up the human body and discuss the milestones of growth and development across a lifetime. You will read about and discuss the most common of the chronic illnesses that you may encounter, and you will learn how to provide safe care based on best practices according the clients’ diagnoses, needs, and care plans. The information learned in this course will provide you with care strategies to support the client, the client’s family, and yourself through the process of a client’s dying and death.
Team Leadership and Professionalism
Gain valuable knowledge and skills needed to become an effective leader. This course focuses on team leadership, resource management, and professional development.
Team Management
This course explores the principles of management related to team dynamics and team building within an interdisciplinary team environment. The learner will explore team roles and responsibilities in relation to delegation, conflict resolution, union regulations, and scopes of practice that incorporate the importance of an evaluative feedback process.
Therapeutic Recreation Practicum II
During this practicum opportunity, you will be introduced to a therapeutic recreation setting and the role of a therapeutic recreation certificate graduate in providing recreation therapy to clients. Throughout this experience, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of wellness through leisure, common client conditions, assisting clients, program session planning, and program implementation under the supervision of a recreation therapist. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
Therapeutic Recreation: Client Assessment
Explore the therapeutic recreation assessment process that determines the client intervention plan. Study principles and tools of measurement, the use of valid and reliable assessment tools, and the process of developing agency-specific measurements. Practise leading effective assessment interviews and conducting systematic client observation as a part of the assessment process.
Therapeutic Recreation: Evidence Based Program Planning and Facilitation Project
In this course, you will work with a faculty advisor in designing an extensive term project that utilizes current research in therapeutic recreation facilitation techniques and/or interventions.  In doing so, you will further your understanding of evidence-based practice, increase your research skills, and explore the practical applicaton of research to program planning and facilitation.
Therapeutic Recreation: Practicum I
During this practicum opportunity, you will be introduced to a therapeutic recreation setting and the role of a therapeutic recreation certificate graduate in providing recreation therapy to clients. Throughout this experience, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of wellness through leisure, common client conditions, assisting clients, program session planning, and program implementation under the supervision of a recreation therapist. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
Therapeutic Recreation: Program Design
Learn how a recreation therapist systematically designs accountable intervention programs to allow clients to meet specific outcomes. Gain valuable practice in designing a variety of functional intervention, leisure education, and recreation participation programs with measurable and meaningful outcomes for your clients.
Therapeutic Recreation: Program Evaluation and Documentation
Learn how therapeutic recreation programs and client responses are evaluated to ensure that quality service is provided. Study and practise documentation styles and guidelines for the therapeutic recreation professional in providing client and program-specific information to the health-care team.
Therapeutic Recreation: Program Planning and Implementation
Explore the stages of program development, focusing on the key role of recreation therapy personnel in selecting and planning activities that meet client goals. Review program design and basic factors of activity selection. Learn how groups function, and gain valuable information about the various aspects of successful program implementation. Learn how to promote participation in group programs for clients with various needs.
Therapeutic Recreation:  Intervention Lab
In this lab course, you will gain hands-on experience in therapeutic recreation intervention planning, delivery, evaluation, and documentation. This lab will focus on the assistant's role in the therapeutic recreation process working with clients of all cultures, ages, conditions, and genders.
Therapeutic Recreation:  Intervention Programming Theory
Explore the stages of program development, implementation, and evaluation for clients of a variety of life stages, cultures, and conditions. You will focus on the assistant’s role in the therapeutic recreation process. Learn best practices for selecting activities, engaging clients in active participation, and observing, reporting, documenting, and evaluating responses to a variety of intervention programs. Individual, small group, and large group intervention programs will be reviewed.
Veterinary Administrative Procedures
Learn the administrative skills necessary to work in a veterinary office, including customer service skills, organization and time management, professional telephone communications, appointment scheduling, inventory management, and processing payments for treatments and procedures. Become familiar with common veterinary products and animal nutrition basics. Learn how to model animal-friendly care and acquire safe animal approach and handling techniques. Safe work and infection control practices within a veterinary office will also be covered.
Veterinary Terminology and Animal Health Systems
Study the language of veterinary terminology. Learn how to read and interpret commonly used veterinary medical terms, symbols, and abbreviations. Develop your understanding of small and large animal anatomy and basic animal pathology. Become familiar with frequently prescribed medications and their uses. Achieve fluency through practice sessions, quizzes, and exercises.
Wellness Through Leisure
Further your understanding of the field of therapeutic recreation and learn about the models of care in the therapeutic recreation process that guide service delivery. Discuss the Leisure Ability Model as a framework to service, with a focus on promoting a client’s wellness through goal-oriented leisure activities.
Working Safely and Effectively as a Health Care Aide
Heath care aides work in a variety of employment settings providing care that is safe, ethical, respectful, and based on the needs of the client. This type of care is referred to as client-centred care. This course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the health care aide in meeting the standards of client-centred care. To meet the goals of client-centred care, the health care aide must be familiar with the provincial legislation that guides safe, ethical, and personalized care. In addition, the HCA must know how to work effectively as part of the health-care team. Knowledge of the employer's policies and procedures and job descriptions is also essential. This course provides the firm foundation upon which the knowledge and skills learned in all other program courses are built.