Find out how to meet admission requirements for Alberta post-secondary programs
Do You Meet Admission Requirements?
Now that you know what program you are interested in taking, it’s time to explore its admission requirements. If you don’t meet admission requirements for your program, you may want to explore upgrading or education laddering.
What Are Admission Requirements?
Admission requirements are based on the general skills you need to succeed in your post-secondary program of study. Many undergraduate courses ask for a high school diploma, or minimum grades in certain classes.
Requirements can increase if an institution has more applications than available spaces in a program. This makes it important for you to find out if you meet your program’s requirements before you apply - and to research several different institutions.
How to Find Admission Requirements
Every Alberta post-secondary institution posts information about the programs they offer on their websites. These pages usually include:
A summary of what the program is about
Descriptions of courses you would take to complete the program
How long the program takes to complete
Cost to take the program
Every program - and every institution - has different admission requirements. If you don’t meet the requirements for a program offered at one institution, look at the requirements for another institution to see if you meet theirs instead.
Plan for Post-Secondary in High School
If you’re in high school and planning ahead, there are programs you can take to explore career options or increase your chances of admission into post-secondary.
If you need to upgrade more than a few courses to get into your program of choice, you can consider laddering your education. This means you’d enroll in a certificate or diploma program, instead of pursing a degree. You can then transfer that education towards a higher credential. For example, if you want to train to become a nurse, you could:
Start by taking a Nursing Assistant Certificate
Use that certificate to meet the prerequisite for a Licensed Practical Nurse Diploma
Use your diploma to apply for admission to a nursing degree program
Several post-secondary programs are designed to help you ladder your education up to your ultimate career goal. These options include: