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- two year diploma
- starts in September


The Rehabilitation Services two year diploma program focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for employment in a variety of rehabilitation settings. Graduates are prepared to provide quality care and support, enabling individuals who live with a disability to access community services in all domains - residential, vocational, educational and recreational. This exciting and challenging career can include working with children and adults who experience difficulties in learning due to a developmental delay, learning disability, physical or sensory impairment, communication or behavioural disorder or traumatic brain injury. The Rehabilitation Practitioner works cooperatively with other health professionals to provide quality medical and community support services.

The field of Rehabilitation will appeal to individuals who like to interact with people, assisting them to experience a quality life. This requires commitment, an appreciation for ethical practice and a mindset that is open to accomplishing tasks in a variety of ways. Ability to work as part of a team and good communication skills are also important attributes.

The curriculum includes a significant amount of practicum experience in community agencies. There is an emphasis on integrating the theory covered in classes with the practical application of skills in these supervised practica. Students need to be aware that the work load is demanding. For students who may need to balance family or employment responsibilities with school work it is possible to spread the program out over two to three years.




Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999 April 4, 2000
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000 May 3, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000 May 3-5, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000 June 7, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000 June 21, 2000
No Classes Sep. 6, Oct. 11, Nov. 11 Feb. 21-25, 2000 May 22, 2000
Field Trips n/a n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000 Last lecture

The Spring term has students completing a field placement (160 hours) that can be done full time or on a part time basis over the months of May through to August in Lethbridge or in the studentıs home community.


New students are accepted into the on-campus Rehabilitation Services two year diploma program in the Fall term only. It is possible to register for Year One Rehabilitation Services Distance Courses throughout the year.

Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with credit in English 30 or 33. Applicants are recommended to have completed Biology 30.

Professional Suitability
Applicants are required to volunteer for a minimum of 14 to 16 hours in a rehabilitation setting. Information on this requirement is provided to the applicant when the offer of admission is sent out by Student Services.

Medical Requirements
Applicants are required to submit an Immunization Report identifying immunization against common communicable diseases prior to the beginning of classes and the first practicum. Applicants are also required to undergo a medical examination and submit the physician’s report prior to the beginning of classes. Hepatitis B inoculation (first of series) prior to entering the practicum setting is strongly recommended.

  1. Applicants not having satisfactorially complete Biology 30 or equivalent will need to register in BIO 149 in the firest term.
  2. Applicants who do not have the necessary academic requirements for admission into the program but have related work or life experiences should apply as an Alternate Admissions Applicant. They may also want to discuss the possibility of part time or self study options with the Rehabilitation Services faculty.
  3. Applicants may be required to take admission testing consisting of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent and are expected to achieve a minimum 60th percentile in the Reading and Sentence Skills portions to ensure they have the skills necessary to succeed in college-level courses. Assessment may be waived in individual cases.
  4. An orientation to the program for first year students is scheduled during the first week of classes in September. It is recommended that students contact a faculty member one week prior to the start of classes to confirm the dates, times and locations of orientation activities.
  5. It is beneficial for students to obtain certification in Standard First Aid and Basic CPR before, or at some point during their studies. It would be an asset to gaining employment upon graduation.
  6. Students are advised that many agencies require a Criminal Record (CPIC) and Child Welfare Information (CWIS) check be available before a practicum placement begins.


Year I Tuition
Studentsı Association
$ 76
$ 71
Books and Supplies
$ 520

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.


Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Diploma in Rehabilitation Services.


The prospects of employment in the Rehabilitation field are excellent. Graduate surveys consistently report an average of 90% employment in jobs directly related to their studies. The remaining students have typically chosen to continue their education. With a minimum of five practicum experiences (approximately 1150 hours) behind them, LCC’s Rehabilitation Services graduates are highly valued by human service agencies across the province.

A diploma graduate will realize a wide range of career options. They may find themselves supporting infants, children, adolescents, adults or seniors that have a disability. This involvement could be in the following areas: preschool intervention, educational programs, residential placements, vocational or recreational settings. Under the direction of registered therapists, graduates may carry out physio, speech and occupational therapy programs.

For additional information on Careers in Rehabilitation Services please visit the Rehabilitation Services Program site.


University of Calgary
Graduates of the Rehabilitation Services two-year diploma may receive up to two years credit toward the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation degree. Students have the option of completing the degree locally, through distance education, or on the U of C campus. Students should contact the LCC Centre for Health and Human Services team leader for details.

Alberta Colleges
Students who have successfully completed Year I of the LCC Rehabilitation Services program are eligible for admission to Year II of the program offered at Grande Prairie Regional College, Grant MacEwan Community College, Lakeland College, Mount Royal College and Red Deer College.

University of Victoria
LCC’s Rehabilitation Services program is also part of a collaborative transfer agreement between Alberta colleges and the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, British Columbia.


Year I Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
COM 162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communication (3-0) 3
ENG 150 Composition (3-0) 3
PSY 160 Psychology (3-0) 3
RSP 120 Practicum (1-8) 2
RSP 150 Foundations of Rehabilitation (3-0) 3
RSP 153 Program Design I: Observation and Assessment (3-0) 3
RSP 162 General Health Care I (2-0) 2
RSP 167 General Health Care II (0-2) 2

If no Biology 30 or equivalent
BIO 149 Introduction to Physiology (2-0) 2
Total 21 (or 23) credits

Year I Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
COM 170 Helping Relationships (3-0) 3
PSY 170 Human Development Across the Lifespan (3-0) 3
RSP 130 Practicum (16 weeks) (0-16) 4
RSP 155 Program Design II: Applied Behaviour Analysis (3-0) 3
RSP 168 Individualized Instructional Plans (2-0) 2
RSP 170 Developmental Disabilities (4-0) 4
Total 19 credits

Year I Spring Term Hours/Week Credits
RSP 140 Field Placement (160 hours completed between May and August) 1
Total 1 credit

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
PSY 260 Abnormal Psychology (3-0) 3
RSP 220 Practicum (16 weeks) (0-24) 6
RSP 255 Program Design III: Advanced Treatment and Intervention Methods (3-0) 3
RSP 262 Organizational Behaviour in Human Services (3-0) 3
RSP 275 Family Support and Intervention (3-0) 3
Total 18 credits

Year II Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
RSP 250 Practicum (0-24) 6
RSP 278 Special Issues in Disability (3-0) 3
Optional Courses 9
Total 18 credits

9 credits in total Hours/Week Credits
ECE 270 Integration of Children with Special Needs (3-0) 3
NAT 155 Native Cross Cultural Awareness (3-0) 3
RSP 256 Early Intervention (3-0) 3
RSP 257 Programs in Special Education (3-0) 3
RSP 258 Serving People with Intense Multiple Needs (3-0) 3
RSP 259 Vocational Rehabilitation (3-0) 3
RSP 260 Rehabilitation of Persons with Head Injuries (3-0) 3
RSP 261 Residential Programs (3-0) 3
TRG 263 Aging Disorders & Disabilities (3-0) 3

  • Students may choose options that provide them with an area of specialization, for example, Early Intervention Educational Assistant.

All Year I courses listed above may be accessed by students in a correspondence format. Students may complete up to four courses as an Occasional Student before applying to the program. If interested in part-time learning using a distance format, contact Distributed Learning.

  • Registration in Distributed Learning is continuous throughout the year.
  • For more details on registering for distributed learning courses, costs, etc. please visit the Rehabilitation Services Program site.





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