Study Options with Distance Education
  General Information
  Centre for Distance Education
  Career Opportunities
  Transfer Agreements


 General Information

Since 1988, the Rehabilitation Services Program (RSP) at LCC has offered Year I courses by distance, primarily in print based packages.  Print based packages assist the student in covering course material in a self-directed manner.  A LCC tutor is available to provide support and feedback to the student on their assignments and tests.  Year 1 courses completed through LCC are transferable to any of the Alberta Colleges offering the Rehabilitation Services Program.  Year 2 courses are available by distance through Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton.

Who takes Rehabilitation Services courses by distance?

This self paced means of studying is very flexible but does require a great deal of motivation and commitment from students.  Distance Education courses are not easy, fast paced replacements for regular on-campus classes.  Successful Distance students set out a study timetable that fits in with all the other demands on their time and then make a serious commitment to following this plan. It is highly recommended to start with only one Distance course until you have determined your available study time.

There are fifteen (15) courses (41 credits) in the first year of the program.  All of the courses, including the four (4) practicums can be done in your home community.  If you have previous post secondary training and/or have been working in the Human Service field you may be eligible for Advanced Credit, Advanced Standing or Prior Learning Credits.  Please contact Sue Huffman, the Distance Coordinator, for information and course advisement.  While there is a number of different sequences in which courses may be taken, some do have pre-requisites or work best with a practicum; Sue can suggest a plan that fits your unique situation.

How can you get started?

The good news!  Course registration is continuous year round.  There is no need to wait until September or January!  Whether you have a high school diploma with the academic entrance requirements or not, you can get started on the first course within a month of applying.  Practicum courses require two months minimum lead in planning, and students must discuss their needs with Sue before registering in the course.

The reality?  There are some forms to fill out and course fees to be paid.  If your intention is to complete more than four courses or receive credit for previous education or learning, then there are some additional processes you may have to undertake.  Refer to Admissions information described below or contact Sue at 1-800-572-0103.



Individuals interested in pursuing the distance education option are encouraged to register at any time throughout the year.  Mail in registrations should include the course fee and clearly indicate the course code and name.  You may register over the phone if you are paying by VISA or Mastercard.  1-800-572-0103

Students take distance courses for different purposes.  Determine which situation describes your intentions and follow the process that is outlined.  Remember that all students may get started on the first course as an Occasional Student.

  1. If you are interested in only taking 1 - 4 courses, apply as an Occaisional Student.
  2. If your intention is to complete all, or most of the first year curriculum and you have the academic entrance requirements, indicate on the blue application form that you are applying to Rehabilitation Services - Distance (Code 2191).  Normal admission procedures will be followed.
  3. If your intention is to complete all, or most of the first year curriculum and you do not have the academic entrance requirements, your application will be considered under the Alternate Application process.  It is recommended that you complete several courses as an Occasional Student before applying as an Alternate Admissions student.
  4. If you wish to have previous education and/or employment experiences considered for Advanced Standing, Advanced Credit, or Prior Learning Credit you must apply to the Rehabilitation Services Program - Distance (Code 2191).

Occasional Students

If applying as an Occasional student, you are required to complete an L.C.C. application form for admission and submit it with the application fee. Transcripts are not required.  Occasional students may:
  1. complete a maximum of four courses before applying to the program.
  2. enroll in a maximum of two credit courses in any term.
  3. be permitted to register in a maximum of four credit courses without special permission from the registrar
Admission of Occasional students is automatic. However, Occasional students must meet individual course prerequisite requirements before registering in a course.


Academic Entrance Requirements

Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent, with credit in Biology 30 or Science 30, English 30 and Social Studies 30 or 33. Official transcripts of all secondary and post secondary institutions which the student has attended must be submitted prior to admission in the Rehabilitation Services program.
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.

Alternate Admissions

Individuals who do not have the formal academic entrance requirements as stated by the LCC Calendar can apply as Alternate Admission Applicants. Official documents that verify academic history must be provided. Admission tests as well as a personal interview may be required to provide basis for acceptance as an Alternate Admission Applicant. Admission as an Alternate Admission Applicant is not automatic. For a full description of Admission options available to students, please see the Admissions Information portion of the LCC Online Calendar.

Prior Learning Assessment

Those with extensive background in the Rehabilitation profession from work experience, volunteering or other means may pursue Prior Learning Assessment as a means of gaining credit toward their program. This option allows students to receive academic credit for knowledge they have acquired through experiences in non classroom settings. Credits accumulated through PLA cannot exceed 75% of the credits required for graduation from a program. Students may also gain credit through means of Advanced Credit and Course Challenges, all of which are discussed in the Advanced Credit portion of the LCC Online Calendar.

Centre for Distance Education

The Centre for Distance Education has been developed to centralize the College's Distance Education activities. It facilitates delivery of distance education courses. Other services provided by the Centre include information and liaison with other Distance Education centres, reception of Distance Education courses offered through other institutions, in service training for instructors of Distance delivery, and resource material for support of those interested or involved in Distance Education. Feel free to contact the Centre for Distance Education at (403) 382-6931 or 1-800-572-0103.

Career Opportunities

Most graduates are employed in community based residential, vocational or day option settings. Graduates are also qualified to work as Rehabilitation Aides in preschool and educational environments, institutional as well as individualized in-home support situations. The primary client group are individuals, from infant to seniors, who experience a learning difficulty/developmental delay and/or physical disability. Further information is available on the Career Opportunities portion of RSP Online.

Transfer Agreements

A number of transfer agreements with other colleges and universities have already been forged.  Year 1 courses completed through LCC are transferable to any of the Alberta Colleges offering the Rehabilitation Program.  Further information is available on the Further Education portion of RSP Online.

Students  from other colleges wishing to transfer L.C.C. courses back to their home institution are encouraged to get a "letter of permission" from the Office of the Registrar of their home institution before registering in the L.C.C. course.  This is to ensure that the L.C.C. course is seen as an acceptable substitution for their program requirements.

When you have completed the Year 1 courses you may enrol as an on campus student, in the second year, in any of the Alberta Rehabilitation Services Programs.  The second year is also available by Distance Education through Grant MacEwan Community College.



Note 1:  Some courses have pre-requisites.  Check the College Calendar for course descriptions and pre-requisites.  If you are new to the field of Rehabilitation or feel you may be eligible for advanced credit  or standing because of previous learning experiences, please call Sue Huffman for course advisement.  Students must communicate with Sue before they can register in the practicum courses:  RSP 120, RSP 130, RSP 140, RSP 167.

Note 2:  The cost listed includes all course materials including textbooks.  In several cases, textbooks are used for more than one course, resulting in a reduced cost for the second course.

Year 1 Curriculum (Distance)
RSP 150 Foundations of Rehabilitation 3 credits $334.25
RSP 153 Program Design I: Observation and Assessment 3 credits $343.50
RSP 155 Program Design II: Applied Behaviour Analysis 3 credits $312.50
RSP162 General Health Care I (Theory) 2 credits $204.20 
RSP 167 General Health Care II (Practicum) 2 credits $256.20
RSP 168 Instructional Program Writing 2 credits $314.50
RSP 170 Developmental Disabilities 4 credits ***
RSP 120 Practicum (64 hours) 2 credits $226.70
RSP 130 Practicum (256 hours) 4 credits $453.40
RSP 140 Field Experience (160 hours) 1 credit $113.35
COM 162 Interpersonal Communication 3 credits $354.80
COM 170 Helping Relationships 3 credits $346.40
ENG 150 English Composition 3 credits $287.75
PSY 160 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits $298.95
PSY 170 Developmental Psychology 3 credits $348.15
*** All of the above courses are available by distance using print based course packages.  The one exception is RSP 170 which is currently being developed.

Information on additional Human Services DE Courses:

RSP 165 Rehabilitation Services: Models and Systems 2 credits $213.35
RSP 166 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Program 3 credits $344.90
RSP 154 Human Development & Persons with Special Needs I 4 credits $518.20
RSP 156 Human Development & Persons with Special Needs II 3 credits $436.20
PSY 200 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits $376.95
CPL 125 Portfolio Development (Prior Learning) 3 credits $246.00

Course Start/End Dates

The official start date of a print based Distance Education course is the first day of the month following the mailing of the course material. A course may be started at any time throughout the year. The course end date will depend on the course credit.

Distance Education
Course End Dates

Credits Completion Time (in months) 
1 Credit 4 months 
2 Credits 5 months 
3 Credits 6 months 
4 Credits 8 months 
5 Credits 12 months 

Please note:

If you are unable to fulfill the course requirements within the designated time, you may request an extension. A request for an extension must be received at least one month prior to the original end date for the course, using a Distance Education Course Extension form. The maximum extension for any course is four months. Where an extension is granted, you will be assessed an extension fee of $40.00. The course end date will then be adjusted to include the extension period. Only one extension will be granted for a given course. A final grade will be issued following the course end date.

Distance Practicums

Practicums will be arranged in your home community.  You must discuss arrangements with Sue before registering for a practicum course.  Two to three months lead in time is usually needed;  some practicums require completion of specific academic courses.

Agency policies may require the student to submit a current criminal record (CPIC) and Child Welfare Information (CWIS) check prior to practicum placement.  It is recommended that your immunizations be up to date including Hepatitis B inoculations.

Any other questions?

Hopefully most of your questions have been answered.  If not check the FAQ Distance Education page or contact Sue Huffman.

Distance Education Contact:

Sue Huffman
(403) 329-7253
[email protected]

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