College of the North Atlantic

College of the North Atlantic | Stephenville, N.L. | Founded 1997

College of the North Atlantic aircraft repair student

College of the North Atlantic student works on aircraft structural repair. (College of the North Atlantic)

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is one of the largest post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada; it has 17 campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador and one in Qatar. Student residence spaces are available at three campuses: Bay St. George (Stephenville), Burin and Happy Valley–Goose Bay.

Students may choose from more than 100 advanced diploma, certificate and continuing education programs. The college offers a distributed learning service, which provides online access to courses and programs. Areas of study include applied arts and tourism, business and IT, engineering technology, industrial trades, health sciences and programming in the field of natural resources.

CNA provides block training for apprentices, enabling them to advance through their programs and preparing them to write their Red Seal certification examination. Applied research at CNA focuses on mining industry operations and processes, technology adoption for business optimization, advanced manufacturing technology and business process optimization.

The college’s international development projects and education partnerships include initiatives in South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. CNA has partnered with four universities in China, where over 430 students are enrolled in CNA programs.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $4,204 $4,204 $4,204 Yes

Cool Options

  • Agriculture Technician (Co-op): Students will learn agricultural techniques related to the care of livestock and plants, as well as how to operate farm equipment safely.
  • Cultural Culinary Arts & Tourism: In this two-year program, students develop their culinary skills in a prime tourism destination.
  • Video Game Art & Design: Delivered online, this program teaches both the art and narration of games and includes training simulation and immersive virtual reality experiences.

Popular Programs

  • Practical Nursing
  • Office/Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op)
  • Construction/Industrial Electrician
  • Personal Care Attendant 

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