Study Options with Distance
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.
a person working in the field who wishes to increase their knowledge and/or
an individual who is exploring the Human Services field as a potential
anyone who does not live close enough to attend on-campus courses
LCC students who combine on-campus with Distance courses to suit their
family and job commitments
Rehabilitation students from other colleges who transfer in specific LCC
courses in order to complete program requirements at their home institution
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
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.
If you are interested in only taking 1 - 4 courses, apply as an Occaisional
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.
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.
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).
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:
Admission of Occasional students is automatic. However, Occasional students
must meet individual course prerequisite requirements before registering
in a course.
complete a maximum of four courses before applying to the program.
enroll in a maximum of two credit courses in any term.
be permitted to register in a maximum of four credit courses without special
permission from the registrar
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.
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
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.
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
Opportunities portion of RSP Online.
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
Note 1: Some courses have pre-requisites. Check the
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)
||Foundations of Rehabilitation
||Program Design I: Observation and Assessment
||Program Design II: Applied Behaviour Analysis
||General Health Care I (Theory)
||General Health Care II (Practicum)
||Instructional Program Writing
||Practicum (64 hours)
||Practicum (256 hours)
||Field Experience (160 hours)
||Introduction to Psychology
*** All of the above courses are available by distance using print
based course packages. The one exception is RSP 170 which is currently
Information on additional Human Services DE Courses:
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.
Course End Dates
||Completion Time (in months)
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
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
Distance Education page or contact Sue Huffman.
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