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RDC announces program changes for next academic year

Date posted: 
Mon, 06/15/2020
RDC is a post-secondary institution located in Red Deer, Alberta

As Red Deer College plans for the coming academic year, changes are being made to the Unit Clerk Certificate and Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma.

The Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant program is being suspended for first-year students for the 2020/21 academic year. Students beginning their second year will delay starting until January 2021, with August 2021 completion expected.

These decisions are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the safety and success of students. The program requires close proximity learning in labs and during practicums. Practicums are also a critical component of the program and required for students to complete this program. The number of available practicums has decreased substantially as a result of COVID-19.  

The Unit Clerk program in RDC’s Donald School of Business is being suspended permanently. The School of Continuing Education plans to offer a Unit Clerk program as a four-month career certificate starting in September 2020. Also, a newly designed one-year part-time version of this program, more targeted to meeting the needs for employment in health care is being planned to start in January 2021.

This change will provide more flexibility for the program to respond to changes in the healthcare sector that have caused significant shifts in the role of a unit clerk and challenges to find an appropriate number of placements for students. 

“These decisions were not made lightly, because we recognize how they affect our current and future students, as well as our faculty and staff,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “We know that in the short term that these decisions temporarily delay our students’ studies. However, with both programs, we will be excited to welcome students back to RDC so they can pursue their educational and life goals in their chosen professions. These students, along with all RDC students, will continue to contribute to the economic, social, and cultural well-being of our vibrant region.”  

The students who are directly affected by these program decisions have been informed. Accepted first-year students in both programs will receive a refund of their tuition deposit and are being encouraged to apply for the new and future program offerings when applications open. 


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Jeff Maser
Communications Coordinator, RDC
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Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate, RDC
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Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate, RDC
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