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Established in 1957, Lethbridge College serves 6,500 full-time and part-time students in southern Alberta. To increase access for Aboriginal and rural students, programs are offered in learning centres outside Lethbridge. Students may take apprenticeship training, certificate and diploma programs, applied degrees and a bachelor degree. Academic programs are offered in areas such as agriculture, business and management, design and technology, environmental studies, health care, human services and justice studies. Applied degrees are offered in correctional studies and conservation enforcement. A collaborative bachelor's degree in nursing is available through the University of Lethbridge. University transfer courses are offered in areas such as Canadian studies, cultural studies, sociology, english and physical education. Apprenticeship training prepares students for occupations such as automotive service technician, carpenter, cook, electrician, heavy equipment technician, parts technician and welder. When needed, students may take academic preparation and English as a Second Language programs before making the transition to certificate and diploma programs or apprenticeship training. Lethbridge College offers a broad range of student support services. Recreation facilities provide venues for athletic and intramural programs as well as community sports teams. An important community resource, Lethbridge College also provides educational, cultural and recreational opportunities to local residents.
Satellite Campuses or Offices
Claresholm, Crowsnest Pass, Vulcan
Program Type Occupational
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning Available
ADMISSIONS: New intakes are in September of each year.
GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of the calendar.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of the calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies): 60% minimum in English Language Arts (ELA) 30-1 or 70% in ELA 30-2; 60% minimum in Math 20-2 or a higher level math; 60% minimum in Biology 30.
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017 the academic requirements will be changed to the following:
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies): 60% minimum in English Language Arts (ELA) 30-1 or 70 percent in ELA 30-2; 60% minimum in Math 20-1 or a higher level math; 60% minimum in Biology 30 or C- in BIO-1160 (Anatomy and Physiology I) at Lethbridge College, or equivalent. Note: Admission is competitive. Competitive marks will be based on the average of grades in the three (3) courses listed above.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM: In addition to the academic requirements, if English is not your first language, English Language Proficiency (ELP) must be demonstrated within the last two (2) years prior to the application. Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following: IELTS Academic with a minimum band score of 6.5 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, 6.0 in reading, and 6.5 in writing; TOEFL Internet-based test score with a minimum score of 22 in speaking, 23 in listening, 21 in reading, and 25 in writing; Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three (3) years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the principal language of instruction; Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one (1) year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the principal language of instruction. Note: Meeting the English Language Proficiency requirement does NOT exempt the applicant from meeting the English academic admission requirement for entry to this program.
PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: This program has a required Practicum Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience. Failure by the student to accept by way of legal contract and abide by these terms and conditions will result in non-completion of the program. Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.). As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs, January 1, 2015”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There may be a fee for this assessment. Additional fees may apply to become fully immunized. Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application. PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.
NOTE: Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparatory Program to upgrade for your program.
PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.
Some courses are available online, as identified in the calendar by (OL) after the course title
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2017/08/01 to 2018/07/31*.
Tuition $3,827.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,970.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $1,204.00 Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Thompson Rives University (BC)
Updated May 30, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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