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We are Alberta’s regulatory health Colleges. Despite the name we are not schools or educational institutions. We are regulators. Here to protect and serve Albertans by helping ensure the delivery of safe, competent, quality healthcare services. Together we regulate over 117,000 Alberta healthcare professionals.
The safety and well-being of Albertans is our overriding focus and underpins everything we do. We help ensure that Alberta’s regulated health professionals practice and conduct themselves according to defined standards of practice and professional conduct. We strive for and promote excellence within our respective professions.
The Federation’s member health regulatory colleges are listed below in alphabetical order, along with a brief overview and a website link. Please visit individual College websites for more information on that College and the profession they regulate.
- College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta – regulates the acupuncture profession in Alberta and ensures members have the proper education and training to provide competent, ethical services. Serving Albertans and supporting the acupuncture profession by setting high standards of practice, education, competence and ethical conduct.
- Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors – is both a regulatory body and a professional association for the Alberta chiropractic profession. We protect and serve the public, patients and our members by regulating and guiding the profession to help ensure the provision of safe, ethical, quality, and competent chiropractic services.
- College of Alberta Dental Assistants – regulates and licenses Alberta dental assistants to help ensure they deliver quality, competent oral healthcare and patient support services.
- Alberta Dental Association and College – provides leadership to the dental profession on professional regulations and member services, and provides the public with information and services, to ensure that Albertans receive safe, appropriate, ethical and quality dental care as an integral part of general health.
- College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta – regulates the
practice of dental hygiene in Alberta. The College sets entry-to-practice and continuing competence requirements, sets standards of practice and codes of ethics, and manages a complaint, investigation and discipline process so Albertans will receive safe, high quality dental hygiene care.
- College of Dental Technologists of Alberta – protects and serves the public interest by ensuring that all registered Dental Technologists and Dental Technicians meet specified standards for member registration, education and training; follow written guidelines for member conduct and practice; and adhere to stringent ongoing standards for continuing education.
- College of Alberta Denturists – regulates and governs Alberta denturists and in so doing helps ensure Albertans receive safe, ethical and quality denturist services.
- College of Dietitians of Alberta – regulates registered dietitians and nutritionists and is dedicated to ensuring Albertans receive ethical competent care from highly qualified nutrition professionals.
- College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta – regulates and governs Hearing Aid Practitioners to ensure Albertans receive competent, ethical care from highly qualified hearing care professionals.
- Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists – ensures that registered laboratory and x-ray technologists provide safe, ethical and competent services in the performance of laboratory, x-ray and electrocardiography technologies.
- Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists – regulates, governs and guides medical radiation and electroneuro-physiology technologists. Both the College and its members are committed to the delivery of safe, competent and effective diagnostic and therapeutic services and excellence in patient care.
- College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta – is the regulatory body for the medical laboratory technology profession in Alberta. We protect and serve the public, patients and our members by regulating and guiding the profession, helping to ensure that Alberta medical laboratory technologists provide safe and professional services.
- The College of Midwives of Alberta – oversee the registration and practice of Midwives, trained specialists who care for women throughout pregnancy and childbirth. Midwives must follow the Standards of Competency and Practice, which are part of the Midwifery Regulation, developed to ensure the safety of expectant mothers and their babies.
- College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta – registers naturopathic doctors in Alberta and is committed to the delivery of competent, quality and accessible naturopathic care.
- College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta – regulates the profession that assesses and treats foot ailments – from minor conditions such as ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, to more complex problems such as sport injuries, foot deformities, reconstructive surgery, and side effects from other medical conditions such as diabetes.
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta – is the regulatory body for Alberta’s 7400 licensed practical nurses. We regulate and lead the profession in a manner that protects and serves the public through excellence in practical nursing.
- College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta – regulates Alberta’s psychiatric nurses to help ensure Albertans receive safe, competent and ethical psychiatric nursing care.
- College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta – serves Albertans by regulating the province’s more than 30,000 registered nurses to ensure the public receives safe, competent and ethical nursing care.
- College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta – helps ensure Albertans receive safe, competent and ethical respiratory and cardiopulmonary services. The College sets and enforces registration, continuing competency requirements, practice and professional conduct, standards and provide direction on importance healthcare issues (e.g., respiratory care access, quality improvement, patient safety and privacy).
- Alberta College of Occupational Therapists – serves and protects Albertans by regulating the practice of occupational therapists through registration, monitoring of continued competence and the investigation of unprofessional conduct complaints.
- Alberta College and Association of Opticians – regulates Alberta opticians. We are dedicated to ensuring Albertans receive safe, ethical and competent opticianry services and promote excellence in the profession and in patient care.
- Alberta College of Optometrists – regulates and licenses Alberta optometrists to ensure that optometrists practice in the best interests of Albertans.
- Alberta College of Paramedics – governs and regulates the practice of paramedicine in the public interest. Our primary responsibility is to ensure that registered emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians and emergency medical technologist paramedics provide competent, safe and ethical care to Albertans.
- Alberta College of Pharmacists – regulates Alberta pharmacists and registers all retail pharmacies in Alberta. We are responsible for safe, effective, responsible pharmacist practice.
- Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association – helps ensure Albertans receive competent, ethical and quality physical therapy services by regulating and licensing Alberta physical therapists, and promoting excellence in physical therapy and patient care.
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta – serves Albertans by ensuring physicians have the education and post-graduate training necessary to provide safe, quality patient care. The College also investigates and resolves physician-related complaints, and provides leadership on health policy issues such as physician resources, quality improvement and patient safety.
- College of Alberta Psychologists – serves the public interest and guides the psychology profession. We regulate and guide the practice of registered psychologists and registered provisional psychologists to help ensure Albertans receive competent, ethical and professional psychological services.
- Alberta College of Social Workers – protects Albertans by regulating and licensing Alberta social workers and promotes excellence in social work practice.
- Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists – regulates the practice of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, ensuring safe, competent and ethical professional services for Albertans.
- Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA) – a new association, which will carry on the work that began with the Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists in Alberta (FACT-Alberta). Bill 30 received Royal Assent Dec. 11, 2018 and creates the new College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta under the Health Professions Act to regulate about 5,000 counselling therapists, addiction counsellors and child and youth care counsellors.
Upon proclamation the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA) will transition to the College of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (CCTA).