Bridging Programs for Health Care Aides

NorQuest College (Edmonton) and Bow Valley College (Calgary) provide bridging programs for Health Care Aides to build on their education and become Licensed Practical Nurses. Full-time, part-time and distance education programs are available.

NorQuest College’s Bridging Program

Practical Nurse for Health Care Aides

This program prepares the individual who has acquired a Health Care Aide certificate to become a professional practical nurse educated to give high-quality care to clients in a variety of health-care settings. You may take the program full-time, or on a part-time basis in the evenings or through distance education.

For questions or to enroll, contact NorQuest College at 780-644-6300 or by email at

Bow Valley College’s Bridging Program

Health Care Aide Bridging to Practical Nurse Diploma Program

The Health Care Aide Bridging to Practical Nurse Diploma Program will prepare learners to enter the second year of the Practical Nurse program using knowledge and skills obtained in the Health Care Aide program and subsequent work experience. The aim is to decrease the amount of time it takes the Health Care Aide to complete the Practical Nurse program by giving credit for prior learning and experience. Bridging courses have been custom designed to build on content already covered in the HCA program. Clinical practicums will be shortened as the learner will enter the program with knowledge and skills of providing activities of daily living.

For questions or to enroll, contact Bow Valley College at (403) 410-1400 or by email at