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Health Sciences

Health Science programs at Red Deer Polytechnic are among the foremost leaders in health and wellness in Alberta.   

Inside the classroom, you will enjoy learning in high fidelity simulation lab facilities that replicate real work environments. Outside the classroom, you will benefit from partnerships that guarantee you receive enhanced practicum and learning experiences. Graduate ready for a career that will allow you to truly make a difference in the lives of others. 

Can’t find the program you’re looking for? View all programs offered at Red Deer Polytechnic. You can also tailor a program pathway just for you with Academic Upgrading, Open Studies, Flexible Learning and Extended Education opportunities.  

Bachelor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies - University Transfer

Kinesiology is the study of the science of movement. The program is designed so that students can complete 2 years of studies in order to transfer to a university and then enter the work force or transfer to a university and complete a Bachelor's degree. The program is designed for students wishing to transfer to the University of Alberta.

Bachelor of Science, Nursing - collaboration with University of Alberta

Prepare to enter a dynamic and rapidly changing industry as a Registered Nurse and leader in health care. You will gain invaluable critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills through practicum placements in various health care settings.

Health Care Aide Certificate

The Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Curriculum 2019 Certificate program at Red Deer Polytechnic prepares you to work as a Health Care Aide in hospitals, continuing care facilities, as well as in clients' homes.

Kinesiology & Sport Studies Diploma

Kinesiology is a diverse field involving the study of human movement from a variety of perspectives. You can choose to pursue either a Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion or a University Transfer program that provides transfer opportunities to a university to complete a Bachelor’s degree.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Transition Program


This unique, accelerated pathway is designed for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and to meet the admission requirements of entering Year 3 of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN). Students in this non-credentialed program will develop professional communication, analytical, and problem solving skills, while learning about safe, ethical, competent and compassionate care. 

Medical Device Reprocessing Certificate


Throughout the Medical Device Reprocessing program, students gain knowledge and learn techniques to sterilize medical instruments which contribute to safe patient care. While making valuable connections in health care settings, students apply their knowledge and skills and gain industry experience through work-integrated learning opportunities. 

Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate

The Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate at Red Deer Polytechnic includes four major areas of study: phlebotomy, urinalysis, histology and microbiology. You will be trained to collect, process and prepare patient specimens, enter data, perform electrocardiograms and carry out basic laboratory procedures.

Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma

As an Occupational Therapist Assistant or Physical Therapist Assistant, you will provide assistance to Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and clients in a variety of health care settings such as; hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, public and private clinics, mental health facilities, and home care programs.

Pharmacy Technician Diploma

The Pharmacy Technician Diploma at Red Deer Polytechnic is a nationally accredited program that prepares you to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician. You will gain valuable training through applied learning in classrooms, laboratories and practicum placements.

Practical Nurse Diploma

The Practical Nurse Diploma program at Red Deer Polytechnic prepares you to be an integral part of the health care system, providing high-quality nursing care across the lifespan. Our graduates are highly sought after and find employment in hospitals, continuing care agencies, community settings and other health-related areas.

Pre-Health Sciences Certificate

The Pre-Health Sciences Certificate program at Red Deer Polytechnic provides you an opportunity to examine the roles and responsibilities of a variety of health care professionals. You will explore Red Deer Polytechnic’s different health programs, build a strong knowledge base and receive advanced course credit.

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Additional Programs and Pathways

Academic Upgrading and Open Studies allow flexible registration so you can tailor your course selection to your specific goals for the future. Complete details are available below. For a full list of programs offered at Red Deer Polytechnic, visit the Academic Calendar.

Academic Upgrading

The Academic Upgrading program at Red Deer Polytechnic helps open doors to further education and better employment. You can upgrade academic skills, meet entrance requirements for post-secondary programs, earn a High School Equivalency diploma, and prepare for entry into the workplace.

Open Studies

Open Studies is a unique, flexible and customizable program that allows students to take courses that help them work toward their career goals. Students in Open Studies may choose to take courses on a full-time or part-time basis.


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