Division News Article

Dual Credit Health Care Aide Program: January-December 2023

September 7th, 2022

For the first time since its inception, Pembina Hills was unable to have sufficient registrations for the 2022/23 (September-June) cohort of the Health Care Aide program as initially planned. However, with NorQuest College, Pembina Hills is planning to have another dual credit HCA cohort begin in January 2023.

  • Term – This term would run from January to December 2023 (with some time off in the summer).
  • A minimum of 12 students expressing interest (using the form below) by the end of September is required. More program information will be provided and formal registration will take place in the fall.
  • Applicants – Students must be be in grade 12 (third, fourth or 5th year of high school). Adult students may be accepted if space is available.
  • Bursary – With the critical shortage of healthcare workers, Alberta Health Services has launched a Health Care Aide Bursary to encourage registrations/completions as well as full or part-time employment opportunities.

Program Background

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.


Fill in your information below. Students will be contacted with more information in the fall regarding registration and program details.


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