Indigenous Health Support Worker Program

The Indigenous Health Support Worker Diploma will provide top-quality education in community health combined with education in Indigenous culture and healing practices.

Program Details

Graduates will have a deep understanding of the unique health challenges in Indigenous communities, and of the historical causes impacting the social determinants of health of Indigenous peoples, including colonization and intergenerational trauma. The program, the first of its kind in Alberta, will help meet the growing and largely unmet need for healthcare workers who can provide culturally appropriate, culturally safe healthcare services to Indigenous peoples and communities in Alberta. 

Admission requirements

  • Applicants are required to have completed either English 30-1 with at least 55%, or English 30-2 with at least 65%. 
  • Applicants may also enter through Mature Status defined as follows: (i) Minimum age of twenty-one; (ii) Successful complete of a skills appraisal test in Math and English. Applicants may also enter with special permission from the Department Head.
See details below to complete two applications required for this program:

 1. Complete the YTC application to generate you a student profile in our system.

2. The Department Head Normie Carlson needs your complete IHSW Program Application Package.

  • Complete a General YTC Application form, print paper copy here Application 2023/2024 or apply with our Online Application Form 
    • You can email your application to
    • OR you can mail your application to #303 10045 156St NW Edmonton, AB T5P2P7 
    • OR come drop off your application with our receptionist in the library here at our College. We are located on the 3rd floor in the Orange Hub 10045 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 2P7. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Courses Offered in the Indigenous Health Support Worker Program: