Northlands College

Northlands College | La Ronge, Sask. | Founded 1970

Students learning how to prepare moose hide

Students learning how to prepare moose hide. (Northlands College)

The region where Northlands College resides encompasses 46 per cent of Saskatchewan’s land mass but has less than four per cent of its population. The college has campuses in Air Ronge, La Ronge, Buffalo Narrows and Creighton and offers select programs in other communities in northern Saskatchewan. Program areas include health, technical and vocational, trades, adult basic education, mining and university courses. Students can complete a four-year bachelor of science in nursing at Northlands in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan.

In 2017, Northlands opened a mine school, offering both diploma and certificate training. Its mine-engineering technician diploma is the only one in Canada offering in-class instruction along with labs, field schools and a work placement. Students may work in a simulator to hone their skills on relevant equipment before they enter the field. The school also offers a civil technician certificate.

Northlands recently introduced an IT essentials program, which ladders into the Cisco certified network associate program. This program is delivered online and can be the first step toward a career in IT.

The La Ronge campus has student apartments, and there are small residences in Creighton and Buffalo Narrows.

Northlands College is one of seven regional colleges that provide courses created by other educational providers in Saskatchewan.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $6,000-$7,000 $4,400-$8,000 $2,000-$6,200 Yes

Cool Options

  • Power Lineman Fundamentals: This eight-week course includes an introduction to safety, tools and heavy machinery.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Graduates go on to work in clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, psychiatric offices, rehabilitation services, schools, and seniors’ homes and facilities.
  • Institutional Cooking: This certificate program teaches the preparation of large quantities of food for hospitals, hotels, universities and other sizeable institutions. Most of the training occurs in a commercial kitchen.

Popular Programs

  • Nursing
  • Mental Health and Wellness Diploma
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Carpentry Certificate

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