Bow Valley College

Founded 1965 | Calgary, AB

Bow Valley College is situated near the meeting point of Calgary’s Bow and Elbow rivers, an area called Mohkinstsis from the Blackfoot word for “elbow.” It offers programs that lead to certificates and diplomas in business, health, community studies, creative technologies, academic upgrading and English-language learning. The college addresses growth in Alberta’s creative industries with its School of Creative Technologies, offering programs in information technology systems, software development, digital marketing, data management and analytics, as well as kitchen and bath design. Bow Valley College offers post-diploma certificates and has a post-baccalaureate certificate in data management and analytics. The school’s Pivot-Ed program provides the chance to reskill and upskill with focused certifications, while HyFlex course delivery mode allows learners to choose their method of participation. 

The school also has regional campuses in Airdrie, Cochrane and Okotoks, and overall, it serves more full- and part-time students than any other college in the province. Though it does not have its own residence, Bow Valley students are eligible to live in student accommodation at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary.

Indigenous students have access to Bow Valley’s Iniikokaan Centre, which provides a gathering space, Elder counselling and academic support services.

Popular Programs

• Practical Nurse Diploma

• Business Administration Diploma

• Early Childhood Education Diploma

• Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate

• Medical Office Assistant Certificate

School Size



• Diploma $4,872-$12,050

• Certificate $1,857-$13,314

• Post-Grad $6,278-$13,078

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Microcredentials: These programs offer accelerated learning in various tech-

related fields, from data analysis to dev-ops engineering.

• Centre for Entertainment Arts, Advanced Game Development: Students create projects and games that will be assembled into a portfolio fit for working in the games industry.

• School of Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant: Students gain essential assistant-level skills in speech-language pathology and therapeutic recreation, preparing them to work in a specific rehabilitation discipline or interdisciplinary role.