NorQuest College

Founded 1965 | Edmonton, AB

NorQuest College places a high value on inclusivity and diversity, and students from more than 100 countries come to study here. The college consults with industry, business and public-sector leaders to develop its diploma and certificate programs in health, community studies, business, technology, hospitality and more. NorQuest also offers professional development training and preparatory classes for adult students.

Located in downtown Edmonton, the school features some of Canada’s largest health-care aide and practical nursing programs. Students may apply their learning at the Olson Centre for Health Simulation, where they practise treatment in simulated clinical environments.

Applied research at NorQuest focuses on community and social innovation. The school’s Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership is a leader in integrated, intercultural applied research, education resource development and customized training solutions.

The Alberta government funds Foundations of Cooking, which prepares students for a successful start as an entry-level cook and includes Indigenous Canadian cooking.

Popular Programs

• Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

• Practical Nursing

• Business Administration

• Academic Upgrading

• Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

School Size



• Diploma: $6,919–$11,492

• Certificate: $5,029-$8,099

• Post-Grad: $2,686-$8,614

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Environmental Technology: Students prepare for technical work in the environmental sector through hands-on training and knowledge of physical and life sciences, including general biology, ecology, toxicology, chemistry, physics and statistics.

• Behaviour and Regulation Studies: Students discover new, innovative techniques to better understand and respond to behaviours of concern and practise better preventative measures.

• Settlement Studies: In this program, the first of its kind in Western Canada, students develop the skills needed to work effectively with newcomers to Canada. They examine the foundational and current practices of settlement work in Canada and develop strategies for empowering, supporting and advocating for clients.