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Flexible Learning Programs and Courses

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The following programs are offered through flexible learning:

Administrative Professional Certificate 

Tuition and fees: $7,824 |  Books & materials: $1,400
Time to Completion:  1 year minimum; no set end date
Delivery Method: Online

Develop entry-level office skills in:

  • computer applications
  • keyboarding
  • accounting and
  • office systems

as well interpersonal and written communication practices for the workplace. 

This program transfers to all Office Administration Diploma Programs in Colleges in Alberta.

Business Administration Diploma

Tuition & fees: $19,371 | Books & materials: $2,100
Time to completion: Minimum 2.5 years; no set end date
Delivery Method: Online, part-time Note: This program cannot be fully completed online

The Business Administration program prepares you for a wide range of careers in different business and public sector organizations.

This program provides a broad background in accounting, finance, human resource management, information technology, marketing, economics, statistics, management, law, and policy. 

Early Learning & Child Care Certificate

Tuition and fees: $7,982 | Books: $1,361
Time to Completion: 1 - 2.5 years minimum; no set end date
Delivery Method: Online

Well-trained Early Learning and Child Care  (ELCC) professionals are essential to the provision of  quality care and education for children from birth through eight years of age. Students in the ELCC program will gain knowledge and develop competencies in areas such as child development, interpersonal relations, curriculum content, family studies, exceptional children, and program management. 

Equivalent to Level 2 certification

Early Learning & Child Care Diploma

Tuition and fees: $7504 | Books and Materials: $1,054.00
Time to Completion: 2 years minimum; no set end date
Delivery Method: Blended, semestered

The Early Learning and Child Care Program trains professionals to work with children from birth to eight years, with some related preparation for working with children from eight to twelve years of age. Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on developing caring relationships with children and families.

Focus is placed on the integration of theory and practice. This is accomplished by an extended practicum in a variety of early learning and care program environments.

Prerequisite includes: successful completion of Early Learning and Child Care Certificate. 

Equivalent to Level 3 certification

Educational Assistant Certificate

Tuition & fees: $ 7,147 | Books & materials: $767
Time to completion: 1 year minimum; no set end date
Delivery Method: Online, semestered

Educational Assistant Certificate graduates assist teachers in both instructional and non-instructional tasks. Gain interpersonal and practical skills as well as the capacity to work with students with special needs. This program is completely online with instructor-led classes during varying evenings every other week. 

This is a Collaborative program between Red Deer College, Medicine Hat College, and Keyano College. See the Educational Assistant Collaboration page for information on practicums and course equivalencies.

Health Care Aide Certificate

Tuition & fees: $10,151  | Books & materials: $775
Time to completion: Approximately 6 months
Delivery Method: Blended delivery with lectures and class work being done online, and all practicum placements and labs being in person

This program prepares students to work as a Health Care Aide in acute care facilities, continuing care facilities, hospitals, as well as in clients' homes. A Health Care Aide assists individuals needing care in a variety of ways including: assisting with eating, dressing, washing and moving.

Health Care Management Post-Diploma Certificate

Tuition and fees: $8,530 | Books & Materials: $550
Time to Completion: 16 months, part-time
Delivery Method: Online, with four on-campus executive weekends

The Health Care Management Post-Diploma Certificate is designed for working professionals to advance their skills while continuing their career.  It prepares students who have been promoted to or are seeking promotion to a management or leadership role within the complex and rapidly changing health care sector. 

Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate

Tuition and fees: $9,056  | Books & Materials: $750
Time to Completion:16 months, part-time
Delivery Method: Online, with four on-campus weekends

The Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate is designed for degree holders, in any field, looking to fast track their career into Human Resources. A Graduate Certificate caters to working professionals who are looking to obtain a specialized skill set in a short period of time. 

Locksmith Apprenticeship

For Fee Information, visit Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training | Books & Materials: additional
Time to Completion: 1 year per level
Delivery Method: Online, Self-paced

Take your job to the next level! As a Locksmith, you'll install, adjust, and repair locks, as well as make keys and change lock combinations for various security systems. 

Management Certificate

Tuition and fees: $6,346 | Books & Materials: $900.00
Time to Completion: 1 year minimum; no set end date
Delivery Method: Online, semestered

The Management Certificate provides basic business skills leading to management positions within an organization. The certificate also provides opportunities to further advance your studies at RDC in the field of business, as courses from the Management Certificate can be applied to the two-year Business Administration Diploma. 

Parts Technician - Materials Technician Apprenticeship

For Fee Information, visit Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training | Books & Materials: additional
Time to Completion: 10 months
Delivery Method: Online, Self-paced

2nd period of Parts Technician technical training is now available online!  Unlike traditional training, where the apprentice comes to Red Deer College campus for 8 weeks, the online program has flexible completion dates.  You can work at your own pace, as long as you complete the entire period between September and June. 

Practical Nurse Diploma

Year One Tuition & Fees: $10,523 | Books & Materials: $2,897
Year Two Tuition & Fees: $9,535 | Books & Materials: $2,505
Time to Completion: 2 years
Delivery Method: Blended, Full-time 

This program is delivered in a blended format in Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka, Stettler and Drumheller through partnership with Campus Alberta Central.

For information on program offerings in rural central Alberta communities go to: 

  • Stetter Learning Centre | 4911 51 St | Stettler, AB | Phone: 403.742.6700
  • Rocky Learning Centre | 4934 50 St | Rocky Mountain House, AB | 403.845.4544
  • Ponoka Learning Centre | 5604 50 Street | Ponoka, AB |403.783.3285
  • Drumheller Community Learning Society | 250 Centre St | Drumheller, AB | 403.823.8300

This full-time program delivered in a blended format over two years, prepares graduates to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) following graduation and successful completion of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam. As a LPN, the graduate will provide nursing care in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, the community and other health care agencies. 

Pre-Health Sciences Certificate

Tuition & fees: $7,111 | Books & Materials: $850.00
Time to Completion: 8 months
Delivery Method: Online, cohort based

This two term certificate is an opportunity to explore RDC’s different health programs while upgrading missing courses, build a strong knowledge base and receive advanced course credit. With direct pathways to enter into RDC’s extremely popular Practical Nurse Diploma; Pharmacy Technician Diploma; Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate and Occupational and Physical Therapy Assistant Diploma, the certificate provides students a chance to receive advanced credit toward these programs. 

Once you have applied and have been admitted, you may register for courses.

Additional Online Courses

To find online courses visit the Timetable. Choose your semester and subject, then make sure to choose "On-Line" under "Schedule Type".


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