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Education assistant (online)

As an Education Assistant or Special Education Assistant, you will be assisting elementary and secondary school teachers to support students requiring special needs instruction.

  • Average starting wage is up to $25.13/hour in BC and ranges between $18.55 - $30.18/hour in Alberta
  • Program length is 10 months (40 weeks)
  • Program includes 8 additional certifications

The Special Education Assistant Program produces graduates that are in-demand by school districts. Our Program is condensed and ends close to when school districts begin hiring, ensuring that our students have the best possible chance of employment. 

The Program is offered in a classroom or online-based format, allowing you to choose the delivery method that best suits your learning style, lifestyle and schedule. The online learning is guided, instructor-led in a highly supported environment.

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Health care assistant

As a Health Care Assistant, you will be providing care to older adults who depend on you for quality daily care, encouragement and support. The Program has been offered at Stenberg College for over 20 years and maintains an excellent reputation for training students that are exceptionally prepared for employment after graduation.

  • Earn $17 - $21/hr
  • Program is only 30 weeks long
  • The Health Care Assistant Program delivered by Stenberg College has been granted a full, five-year recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
  • FREE College English Language Preparatory Program and ongoing ESL support
  • 100% of Program graduates employed in industry
  • Industry partners include Kinsmen Lodge and Evergreen Baptist Campus of Care
With industry partners including Kinsmen Lodge and Evergreen Baptist Campus of Care, students are assured of nearly 300 hours of experience in the field during the program so that students are extremely well prepared and connected for employment after graduation. 
As the population ages, health regions across BC are opening thousands of new residential and assisted living units. As an HCA, you can find work in:

  • Hospital or Private care facility
  • Adult care centres for seniors
  • Private homes
  • Home Support Agencies

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Practical nursing

As a Practical Nurse, you will be delivering care as part of a primary health care team, working in public and private facilities. Licensed Practical Nurses, or LPNs, care for a wide range of clients in different types of settings ranging from health promotion, to acute care to long-term and palliative care.

  • Wages range from $24.01-$25.50/hour
  • Program length is 18.5 months (74 weeks)
  • Free Biology 12 Upgrading
  • Flexible scheduling options: Evening/Weekend Program available
Job duties for an LPN could include:

  • Administering medication to patients and monitoring their effectiveness
  • Assessing and monitoring patients in various health care settings
  • Documenting assessments and reporting progress
  • Providing nursing care in acute, geriatric and home care settings 
  • Advocating for clients

Our Program follows the Provincial Practical Nursing Curriculum (2011). Graduates are qualified to write the Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Examination (CPNRE) and upon passing, can register and become licensed through the College of Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC). 

We are proud to note that our last cohort of graduated Practical Nursing students passed their CPNRE Exams on their first attempt.

pharmacy technician

Pharmacy Technicians are a critical part of the health care team. Working closely with Pharmacists, they ensure that the highest standards of quality and accuracy are met in the compounding and dispensing of drugs that are vital to the survival and well-being of their patients.

  • The Program was awarded accreditation in 2009 by the Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)
  • Wages in BC hospitals range from $25-$28/hr (for graduates who have completed the requirements to become Regulated Pharmacy Technicians)
  • Wages in AB hospitals range from $26-$32/hr (for graduates who have completed the requirements to become Regulated Pharmacy Technicans)
The Pharmacy Technician Program at Stenberg College is designed to prepare students for Pharmacy Technician positions in a community pharmacy or in a hospital pharmacy.

We were the first program in British Columbia to receive the status of Full five year accreditation.  Only graduates from programs accredited by CCAPP are eligible to take the national and provincial exams required to become Regulated Pharmacy Technicians. We have formal affiliation agreements in place with all health authorities in BC and Alberta, as well as other health authorities across the country, and with many community pharmacies and pharmacy chains.

As a Pharmacy Technician, you’ll find opportunities for employment in:

  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Community pharmacies
  • Compounding and other specialty pharmacies
  • College of Pharmacists in your province
  • Insurance companies offering drug coverage plans
  • Provincial government drug coverage plans

professional business accountant

Students will have a comprehensive foundation in multiple aspects of business with a major emphasis on accounting. This is not a degree program and does not profess to be one. It is a high level accounting program designed to provide substantial skills that the graduate can utilize on graduation.

  • Program Length is 19 months
  • Program is delivered online
  • Graduates are prepared to register to write the PBA Entry to Practice Exam with The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada

The goal for the program is to provide the basic levels of education required for a professional accountant in the area of: Accounting, Cost Accounting, Statistics, Information Systems, Business Law, Economics, Communications, Financial Management, Canadian Taxation, General Management, and Human Resources. 

Upon completion, graduates will be comfortable moving directly into a junior level accounting position. The ultimate outcome is that rather than being equipped only to do bookkeeping – the graduate will be able to move upwards in the accounting department in a business. The PBA program is designed to prepare graduates of the program to register to write the PBA Entry To Practice Exam with The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada.

The Stenberg College Professional Business Accountant Program prepares graduates to:

  • Implement the knowledge base and skills consistent with industry expectations for entry level employment. Graduates will be able to meet competency requirements set out by the Professional Business Accountants Association.
  • Excel in the Professional Business Accountant Association Exam and qualify for membership with the PBA (subject to gaining professional experience).

dispensing optician

Are you customer focused? Have a sense of professionalism? Are you organized and enthusiastic? Want to work as part of a healthcare team? Consider a career as a Dispensing Optician.

The Dispensing Optician is an integral member of the eye-care team who designs, produces and fits eyeglasses, contact lenses and specialized products for their clients.

The Stenberg curriculum has been organized to ensure graduates gain skills in key areas valued within the field. Through theory and lab courses, students gain a comprehensive education in the areas of eyeglass dispensing, contact lens fitting and automated refraction. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal communication, customer service and professional practice. This program prepares students to successfully complete the British Columbia licensing exam.

As a Dispensing Optician, you could find employment in an:

  • Optometry Clinic
  • Optical Store (Independent or Chain)
  • Ophthalmology Office
  • Lab (Optics)

This full-time program is delivered in combined in-class and guided online learning formats, allowing students to complete the majority of the program within their respective home communities.

Over 92% of our graduates are working in their field of study within 6 months of graduation

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