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 of Social Work. 
  • Complete a General YTC Application form, and submit the non-refundable $75 application fee. 
  • All applicants must complete and submit an Indigenous Health Support Worker Package (found here: 2021 IHSW Program Application Package.pdf) and submit it to the Department Head Coordinator.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Courses Offered in the Indigenous Health Support Worker Program: