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Health Care Aide - GOA Health Care Aide for English Language Learners

NorQuest College

NorQuest College
Health Care Aide (HCA) for English Language Learners (ELL) is a 3 term, 48-week program that prepares English language learners to meet the requirements for entry to NorQuest's Health Care Aide Program and obtain their Health Care Aide certificate. Students will take English as a Second language (ESL) courses in their first term, then demonstrate their English language proficiency before taking Health Care Aide courses in the second and third terms of the program. NorQuest'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. NorQuest College is licensed to deliver the Health Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum.

Office of the Registrar
10215 - 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5J1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements


Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:

  • 60% in English Language Arts 10-2 (for CLB 7 students), or
  • 60% in English Language Arts 20-2 (for CLB 6 students), or
  • 55% in English Language Arts 30-2 (for CLB 6 students)


Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency (ELP) level prior to admission.
This program is for both:

  • Students at a CLB 6 who require one term of English language training (ESL) in order to meet the ELP requirements for the Health Care Aide program, and
  • Students at a CLB 7 who require English Language Arts 20-2 in order to meet the academic requirements for the Health Care Aide program. 

Students who have completed LINC or ESL courses at NorQuest College with a minimum CLB 6 in each language skill will meet the minimum ELP requirement. Acceptable evidence of ELP may also include an ELP test result in any one of the following ranges:

  • CLBA: No section score below 6, and at least one section score below 8
  • IELTS Academic: 5.5 overall, with at least one section score below 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 54 - 83
  • Duolingo: 95 - 109

ELP test results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of your program.

Distance Delivery Options

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Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 09, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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