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Social Work Diploma
As a contemporary academic institution, NorQuest College delivers workforce-relevant education and exceptional student supports that ensure our learners have opportunities to prosper and help build the community in which they live and work. NorQuest recently expanded its campus and opened the Singhmar Centre for Learning, featuring a new child care facility, innovative lab and simulation spaces, an Indigenous student centre, bookstore, and cafeteria.
As the Edmonton region’s only community college, NorQuest serves over 17,500 students annually throughout the province in full-time, part-time, online learning, and regional programming. We help learners with diverse educational backgrounds further their studies through foundational programs in academic upgrading, English language training, and employment preparation. Our post-secondary diploma, post-diploma, and certificate programs offer career paths in health, business, and community studies. We also offer a broad range of continuing education and professional development courses and programs to enable lifelong learning and new career growth opportunities.
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Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt!span>
Program Type Standard
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
- 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or equivalent
- Documentary evidence (e.g., a letter from the agency involved) of having completed at least 100 voluntary and/or paid work hours in the human services field
Admission requirements for NorQuest College Community Support Worker program graduates:
- 55% in English Language Arts 30-1 or equivalent
- completion of the Community Support Worker certificate with minimum GPA of 3.0
English Language Proficiency: If English is your second language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency (ELP) prior to admission. ELP must have been completed within the two years prior to application to the program. Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following:
- CLBA: no section score below 8
- IELTS Academic: 6.5; no section score below 6
- TOEFL iBT: 84; no section score below 21
- CELPIP General: 8; no section score below 7
- CAEL: 60; no section score below 60
- minimum of 80% in ESLS8000 or ESLS8100, and 80% in ESLW8000 or ESLW8100; or minimum of 50% in ESLG1860 and ESLG1861
Note: ELP is a separate requirement from the English academic admission requirement.!span>
Practicum Requirements: The following is not required for admission purposes, but will be required before you attend the practicum.
- Police Information Check and child protection intervention record search (current to at least 6 months prior to practicum) must be submitted to the Social Work diploma program, prior to beginning the practicum. Program representatives will assess the results of these checks to determine whether they meet the criteria of the practicum sponsors.
Note: Internet (online) Police Information Checks are NOT accepted by the college. Please contact your local law enforcement agency directly to obtain an official Police Information Check. The existence of a criminal record may prevent clinical placement, program completion, and professional licensure and therefore may affect employment prospects. Prospective students who have a criminal record should discuss the matter with the Program Chair prior to applying for admission.
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2019/08/01 to 2020/07/31*.
Tuition $4,875.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,288.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $1,332.00 Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta 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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Updated August 09, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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