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General Information

The Rehabilitation Services program at the Lethbridge Community College has been developed to prepare graduates to be responsible for the support and training of handicapped individuals and for the design and implementation of individualized rehabilitation programs. Individuals whom graduates may work with vary both in terms of their needs and their age. Graduates may find themselves working with a range of persons from young children to senior citizens in educational, vocational, residential or recreational settings.

Students may choose to pursue their education full-time on campus or through part-time evening courses. Evening courses are especially helpful to students who are working in the Rehabilitation field or have family commitments. RSP courses are offered through the evening option on a rotating basis with availability subject to demand.  It is also possible to register for on-campus day classes as a part-time or Occasional student.

Students are required to complete a number of practicums.  Prospective students should be advised that every effort is made to provide placements within the City of Lethbridge, however, some placements may occur in outlying communities.
 

Note

An orientation to the program is mandatory for all first-year students. This orientation is usually  scheduled prior to the first day of classes in September. It is recommended that each student contact a faculty member at least one week prior to the start of classes for the date, time, and location of the orientation.
 
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Admissions

New full-time students are accepted into the Rehabilitation Services two-year diploma program for the Fall term only. Normal application and selection procedures as outlined in the L.C.C. calendar will be followed. Part-time students may enroll in courses year round as courses are available.

Students may enroll in Lethbridge Community College courses in one of three manners:

  1. Students with the stated academic entrance requirements may apply to the RSP through  the normal admissions process.
  2. Students missing one or more of the stated academic entrance requirements have the opportunity to apply as an Alternate Admission Applicant.  For a full description of Admission options available to students, please see the Admissions Information portion of the LCC Online Calendar.
  3. Students may enroll in courses as Occasional Students.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Professional Suitability

Applicants are required to volunteer for a minimum of 14 to 16 hours in a rehabilitation setting and provide documentation of location and experience gained.

Practicum agencies may require the student to submit criminal record (CPIC) and Child Welfare Information (CWIS) checks prior to practicum placement. Students are advised that it is necessary to have these checks completed once a year.
 

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Medical Requirements

Applicants to the full time, on-campus program 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 initial practicum setting is strongly recommended.
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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.
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Transfer Agreements

A number of transfer agreements with other colleges and universities have already been forged. Upon completion of the first year of the Rehabilitation Services program here at LCC, students may go on to complete the second year at a number of colleges throughout Alberta. Students may, upon completion of their two-year Rehabilitation Services diploma, go on to complete a related university degree. For example, the University of Calgary's Community Rehabilitation program, awards students direct credit for their two year college diploma. Further information is available on the Further Education portion of RSP Online.
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Curriculum

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Year I Fall Term

Course 
Number
Course Name Hours/Week Credits 
COM 162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communication 3-0 3 Credits 
ENG 150 Composition 3-0 3 Credits 
PSY 160 Introduction to Psychology 3-0 3 Credits
RSP 120 Practicum 1-4 2 Credits 
RSP 150 Foundations of Rehabilitation 3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 153 Program Design I : Observation and Assessment 3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 162 General Health Care I 2-0 2 Credits 
RSP 167 General Health Care II 0-2 2 Credits 
    Total 21 Credits 
 
 
 

Winter Term

Course 
Number
Course Name Hours/Week Credits 
COM 170 Helping Relationships 3-0 3 Credits 
PSY 170 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3-0 3 Credits
RSP 130 Practicum (16 weeks) 0-16 4 Credits 
RSP 170 Developmental Disabilities 4-0 4 Credits 
RSP 158 Program Design II : Applied Behaviour Analysis 3-2 5 Credits 
    Total 19 Credits 
 
 
 

Spring Term

Course 
Number
Course Name Hours/Week Credits 
RSP 140 Field Experience 160 hours completed between May and August 1 Credit 
 
 
 

Year II Fall Term

Course 
Number
Course Name Hours/Week Credits 
PSY 200 Abnormal Psychology 3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 220 Practicum (16 weeks) 0-24 6 Credits 
RSP 255 Program Design III : Treatment and Intervention  
Methods
3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 259 Vocational Rehabilitation 3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 261 Residential Programs 3-0 3 Credits 
    Total 18 Credits 
 
 
 

Winter Term

Course 
Number
Course Name Hours/Week Credits 
RSP 250 Practicum (16 weeks) 0-24 6 Credits 
RSP 262 Organizational Behaviour in Human Services 3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 270 Family Support and Intervention 4-0 4 Credits 
  Option Courses   6 Credits 
    Total 19 Credits 
 

 

Option Courses - 6 credits in total

Course 
Number
Course Name Hours/Week Credits 
RSP 256  or Early Intervention 3-0 3 Credits 
ECE 270 Integration of Children with Special Needs 3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 257 Programs in Special Education 3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 258 Serving People with Intense Multiple Needs 3-0 3 Credits 
RSP 260 Rehabilitation of Persons with Head Injuries 3-0 3 Credits 
TRG 263 Aging Disorders and Disabilities 3-0 3 Credits 
NAT 155 Native Cross Cultural Awareness 3-0 3 Credits 
 
* Note : Other acceptable options may be offered through Credit Extension.
Details available from Program Co-ordinator.
 
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 Rehabilitation Services Contact:
 
Debbie Baggs de Cabezas
(403) 320-3277
1-800-572-0103
[email protected]
 
Sue Huffman
(403) 329-7253
1-800-572-0103
[email protected]

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