Division News Article

Apply now for the Health Care Aide Dual Credit program

April 22nd, 2022

Pembina Hills is teaming up with NorQuest College to once again offer the Health Care Aide program in 2022-2023. 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.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be prepared to work in continuing care institutions, home care agencies, group homes, assisted or supportive living, day programs, specialized care centres and programs, acute care hospitals, and private care. Health care aides provide personal assistance and support services for elderly, families, disabled, acute care (often newborns), or chronically ill people who require short term assistance or ongoing support.

See our Health Care Aide Brochure

Who can apply?

High School students are eligible to apply as long as the meet the following age requirements:

  • must be at least 17 years old as of December 31, 2022
  • must not be older than 19 as of September 1, 2022

Adult students may also be accepted, space permitting.

  • High School students will be given pre-registration priority.
  • Adult applications will open June 1, 2022 if spots are available.
  • Program capacity is limited to a minimum of 16 students, up to a maxiumum of 24.

What are the admission requirements?

  • A minimum of 60% in English Language Arts 20-2 or 55% in ELA 30-2 or successful completion of academic testing through NorQuest College Assessment Services AND must be a student in good standing.
  • Clear criminal record check (must include vulnerable sector check)
  • An up-to-date immunization record (These are required for the clinical practicum)

What Does it Cost?

Term 1 fees are $3,887.25. (Term 1 runs from September 2022 to mid-August 2023.)

  • Deposit – $1,000.00 due at time of application (non-refundable)
  • Installment 1 – $1,443.63 due July 31, 2022
  • Installment 2 – $1,443.62 due August 31, 2022


High school aged students are eligible for fee subsidies for the first term of the dual credit program. Upon successful completion of Term 1, the students will be eligible for a refund as follows:

  • 3rd and 4th year high school students – up to 87% refund
  • 5th year high school students – up to 43% refund

Adult students whom we are able to accomodate in the cohort are not eligible for refunds.

Other Costs

Students will also be required to purchase lab uniforms, books and other equipment (approximately $500 total).

Term 2

All students (high school and adults) must register for the second term directly with NorQuest College. At this point, students will be eligible for scholarships, bursaries and student loans. For more information, visit https://www.norquest.ca/cal/current/program/health-care-aide/.

How to Register

Term 1 registrations and payments must be done online through Student Quick Pay.

High School Students – Register

  • Access Student Quick Pay through your parent’s PowerSchool account. (If you are an independent student or don’t have access to PowerSchool, follow the instructions for Adult Students below.)
  • Go to https://powerschool.pembinahills.ca/public/home.html
  • Click on Fees, Payments & Forms in the main menu to open Student Quick Pay
  • Select student name and complete the form: 2022-2023 Health Care Aide Registration

Adult Students – Register (if you don’t have access to PowerSchool)

Payment Options

The $1,000 deposit fee will be assessed to your account when you submit the form. Your registration will not be approved until the deposit is paid in full. The application process may also include an interview. 

  • Payment can be made online with credit card or VISA debit.
  • You may also submit payment by cash or cheque to the Pembina Hills School Division Regional Office, 5310 – 49 Street, Barrhead.
  • Cheques are payable to: Pembina Hills School Division

After your registration has been approved, the subequent Installment Fees will be assessed to your account.

  • Installment 1 – $1,443.63 due July 31, 2022
  • Installment 2 – $1,443.62 due August 31, 2022

For more information contact PHSD Dual Credit Coordinator Karen Fischer:
Call 780.305.8505 or email karen.fischer@pembinahills.ca

Read full details on our Dual Credit page.