Work Towards A College Education
Why study by distance? Because no matter where you are in the world or your situation, you can study at Assiniboine.
Distance education is the various forms of study that take place when an instructor and student(s) are separated by physical distance and a learning medium is used to bridge the instructional gap. Learning by distance can involve a paper-based delivery, a blending of face-to-face and online delivery, or a completely online delivery.
Distance education increases access and flexibility for students. You can continue to work, parent and participate in community activities while working towards a college credential. You decide when and where you want to study. Telephone conferencing and internet resources provide additional contact and support.
You must successfully complete and meet all of our program requirements within five years. We recognize that when you take a program by distance, you may need additional time to complete the program. In this case, you may request an extension to the five-year period. The chairperson or dean of your program, in consultation with the registrar, must approve all extensions to program completion times.
Our virtual learning environments are open 24-7 and 365 days a year, meaning you decide when and where you want to study. We deliver a learning package and support materials right to your home, which includes all of the resources you’ll need for your course.
Our dedicated instructors are available by phone, email and online to answer questions and provide feedback.
We are accepting new applications to the following distance education programs, (including all courses):
- Advanced Diplomas: Early Childhood Program Management
- Diplomas: Early Childhood Education, Practical Nurse Refresher
- Certificates: Comprehensive Health Care Aide, Education Assistant, Comprehensive Health Care Aide Challenge
- Document of Achievements: Nursing Foot Care
You must apply and be accepted to one of these programs before you are eligible to register for the courses.
Note: Effective July 1, 2018, new applications were CLOSED to Business Administration distance programs to allow time for preparation of new and improved distance offerings. Changes include; reducing the range of specializations available from seven to four choices, namely: Accounting, Financial Services, Marketing or Human Resources Management; and reducing the number of credits required to graduate from 135 to 120. Current students have a maximum of 5 years from their start date to complete the program.
Current distance education students
Once you have been accepted into a program, you can register for your first course. To see when courses are being offered throughout the year, how much each course costs, and how long you have to complete each individual course, please view our distance by program document below, which lists current course offerings for students who are active in the relevant distance programs as well as and a summary of relevant policies.
To register for a course, either complete a distance registration form and mail it in with your payment or call us 204.725.8701 to register with a credit card.
You can register at any time, but the deadline to register is the 20th of the prior month. For example, for February 1st courses, the deadline to register is January 20th. You can register for any advertised course in advance - you don't need to wait for the deadline. Please note that you must have already applied and been accepted to a program before you are eligible to register for a course.
Once you have registered for your course, you will receive information about your instructor, how to purchase your textbook(s) and course delivery.
We recommend that you start with one course to get a feel for course load. After that, it's up to you how many courses you take.
Please ensure that you review our academic policies, including policy A20: Registering, Adding and Dropping Courses, which explains the refund policy for distance education courses; and A10: Maintaining Active Student Status, which details how often you need to complete a course to remain active in your program.