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.

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.
Full or part-time (FT/PT) Students can choose to study full or part-time in a program.
Open Studies Offered online, courses are offered in real-time or anytime delivery options for maximum flexibility for students.

Part-time study options

Most NorQuest College programs are designed to be taken full-time. See your program’s Course Listing page for the recommended enrolment path for a full-time student. You can also choose to study part-time. If you are planning to study part-time, consider the following:

  • many courses have prerequisites
  • not all courses (including field experience and practicums) are offered every term; you may delay your progress through the program if you do not follow the recommended enrolment path
  • some programs must be completed within a specified time period
  • some mandatory fees are charged on a per-term basis, so your overall costs may increase if you extend your program length
  • your eligibility for funding or student loans may be affected by your part-time status
Delivery Methods
In-person

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

  • Daytime: Classes are delivered with daytime meeting schedules, Monday – Friday.
  • Evenings: Classes are delivered with evening meeting schedules, usually Monday – Thursday.
  • Weekends: Classes are delivered with weekend meeting schedules.
  • Evenings/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
Online

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.

Credits Required for Full-time Status

Program Name Full Time Load
Academic Upgrading 15 credits fall, winter
10 credits spring
Accounting Technician 9 credits
Addictions Recovery Practitioner 8 credits
Administrative Professional 9 credits
Advanced Education in Orthopaedics 10 credits
Apprenticeship Prep 19 credits
Arts and Sciences 9 credits
Business Administration
(Accounting, Management, HR Management, Finance)
9 credits fall, winter
5 credits spring, summer
Community Support Worker 9 credits
Day Home Provider 16 credits fall, winter
7 credits spring
Dental Office Assistant 13 credits
Disability Studies 9 credits
Early Learning and Child Care 9 credits
English as a Second Language Intensive 9 credits
Environmental Protection Technology 9 credits
Foundations for Learning 9 credits
Health Care Aide 15 credits
Hospital Unit Clerk 18 credits
Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant 9 credits fall, winter
5 credits spring, summer
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada 9 credits
Medical Device Reprocessing Technician 9 credits
Medical Office Assistant 13 credits
Mental Health Recovery Practitioner 8 credits
Optical Office Assistant 13 credits
Open Studies 9 credits
Pharmacy Technician 9 credits
Physical Therapy Assistant 9 credits
Practical Nurse 13 credits fall, winter
5 credits spring, summer
Settlement Studies 9 credits
Social Work 9 credits
Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional 9 credits
Therapeutic Recreation 9 credits
Transitions to Employment 9 credits
Veterinary Office Assistant 13 credits
Upgrading for ESL Youth 9 credits fall, winter
5 credits spring, summer