Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow box in the right or left rail that resembles the link below. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

Software-based translations do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language. The Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Health Care Education

In Saskatchewan and across the country, there are many options to get the education you need to succeed as a health care professional in Saskatchewan.

There are many health care sector careers to choose from in many locations in Saskatchewan. Find the perfect job at HealthCareersInSask.ca and find the perfect training program below.

Top

1. In Saskatchewan

You can find health care certificate, diploma and degree programs right here at home. Many health care occupations are currently in-demand across the province. The following section highlights health training opportunities available at Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions. Please note that the lists are not exhaustive; for a full list of offerings, please consult individual institution websites.

Students who are interested in medical school can find information on the College of Medicine website.

Programs identified as “Direct Entry” in the below tables require secondary or high school credits. “Non-Direct Entry” programs require some post-secondary credits.

Universities

University of Regina offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following health sciences and nursing areas. Click the program names below for complete program information and entrance requirements.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Gerontology Direct Entry
Health Studies Direct Entry
Kinesiology Direct Entry

Nursing

Direct Entry, Non-Direct
Non-Direct Entry
Non-Direct Entry

Psychology

Direct Entry
Non-Direct Entry

Social Work Non-Direct Entry

 

University of Saskatchewan offers undergraduate and graduate programs in health sciences and nursing areas. Click the program names below for complete program information and entrance requirements.

Health Program Entry Requirements

Dental

Non-Direct Entry
Direct Entry

Health Studies Direct Entry
Kinesiology Direct Entry
Medicine Non-Direct Entry

Nursing

Non-Direct Entry
Non-Direct Entry
Non-Direct Entry

Nutrition Non-Direct Entry
Pharmacy Non-Direct Entry

Psychology

Direct Entry
Non-Direct Entry

Physical Therapy Non-Direct Entry
Public Health Non-Direct Entry
Veterinary Medicine Non-Direct Entry

 

Polytechnics

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers diploma, certificate, degree and bridging programs in health sciences and nursing areas. Click the program names below for complete program information and entrance requirements.

Health Program Entry Requirements

Paramedic

Direct Entry
Non- Direct Entry

Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology Direct Entry

Dental

Direct Entry
Direct Entry

Medical Laboratory Assistant Direct Entry
Medical Laboratory Technology Direct Entry
Medical Radiologic Technology Direct Entry
Mental Health and Addictions Counselling Direct Entry

Nursing

Direct Entry
Direct Entry
Non-Direct Entry
Non-Direct Entry
Direct Entry
Direct Entry

Pharmacy Technician Direct Entry
Therapeutic Recreation Direct Entry

 

Indigenous Education

First Nations University Indigenous Health Unit offers courses and programs focusing on contemporary issues in Indigenous health, traditional healing and Indigenous health research methods through the programs listed below. Click the program names for complete program information and entrance requirements.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Bachelor of Health Studies Direct Entry
Indigenous Birth Support Work Certificate - Northern Campus Direct Entry
Indigenous Social Work Non-Direct Entry

 

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies offers diploma and certificate programs in the following health sciences areas. Click the program names below for complete program information and entrance requirements.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Health Care Aide Direct Entry
Indigenous Practical Nursing Direct Entry

 

Gabriel Dumont Institute partners with credit-granting institutions to offer health sciences training to Métis students in programs listed below. Click the program names below for complete program information and entrance requirements.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Continuing Care Assistant Direct Entry
Practical Nursing Direct Entry

 

Saskatchewan Regional Colleges

Saskatchewan Regional Colleges partner with credit-granting institutions to offer health sciences training so students can learn where they live. Note that programs may not be offered at every campus. Click the program names below for complete program information, location, and entrance requirements.

Carlton Trail College has campuses in Humboldt, Punnichy, Wakaw, Watrous and Wynyard.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Continuing Care Assistant  Direct Entry
Practical Nursing Direct Entry
Primary Care Paramedic Direct Entry 

 

Great Plains College has campuses in Kindersley, Maple Creek, Martensville, Swift Current, Biggar and Warman.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Continuing Care Assistant Direct Entry
Practical Nursing Direct Entry

 

Lakeland College is located in Lloydminster, AB.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Health Care Aide Direct Entry

 

Northlands College has campuses located in La Ronge/Air Ronge, Buffalo Narrows and Creighton.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Continuing Care Assistant Direct Entry

 

North West College has campuses in Battlefords and Meadow Lake.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Continuing Care Assistant Direct Entry
Practical Nursing Direct Entry
Primary Care Paramedic  Direct Entry
Psychiatric Nursing Direct Entry

 

Southeast College has campuses in Assiniboia, Estevan, Indian Head, Moosomin, Weyburn and Whitewood.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Continuing Care Assistant Direct Entry
Practical Nursing Direct Entry

 

Suncrest College was established in 2023 from a merger between Cumberland College and Parkland College with campuses in Nipawin, Melfort, Tisdale, Canora, Kamsack, Esterhazy, Fort Qu'Appelle, Melville and Yorkton.

Health Program Entry Requirements
Continuing Care Assistant Direct Entry
Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Ultrasound Non-Direct Entry
Health Care Cook Direct Entry
Medical Laboratory Assistant Direct Entry
Practical Nursing Direct Entry
Primary Care Paramedic Direct Entry
Top

2. Outside of Saskatchewan

Interprovincial Health Sciences Training Agreements

Saskatchewan has interprovincial agreements (IPAs) with post-secondary institutions in other provinces to reserve seats for eligible Saskatchewan residents in specific priority health programs not available in Saskatchewan. These programs provide training for critical health occupations in Saskatchewan where employment prospects for graduates are very high.

Saskatchewan students enrolled in IPA programs may be eligible for financial aid during their studies, as well as the Graduate Retention Program if they live and work in Saskatchewan after graduation.

Students will complete the clinical portion of their program in Saskatchewan, making it easier to start their career at home.

IPA Fact Sheet

For complete out-of-province program information and entrance requirements, please contact the educational institution directly through the website links provided below.

Programs identified as “Direct Entry” in the below tables require secondary or high school credits. “Non-Direct Entry” programs require some post-secondary credits.

Occupational Therapy – University of Alberta (U of A)
Non-Direct Entry - Occupational therapists work with the disabled, the elderly, newborns, school-aged children, and individuals with a permanent or temporary impairment in their physical or mental functioning. The objective of Occupational Therapy is to help citizens perform daily tasks in their living and working environments, and to assist them to develop the skills to live independent and productive lives.

Speech Language Pathology – University of Alberta (U of A)
Non-Direct Entry - Speech language pathologist are trained professionals who assess and treat speech, language, voice, fluency, cognitive and other related communication disorders as well as swallowing difficulties.

Respiratory Therapy – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Direct-Entry - Respiratory therapists assist physicians in diagnosing, treating and managing patients by providing services, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, ventilator management, oxygen and aerosol therapy, patient assessment and evaluation, and diagnostic services including pulmonary function testing and blood analysis.

Nuclear Medicine Technology – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Direct-Entry - Nuclear medicine technologists use radioactive drugs and specialized instruments to help diagnose and treat disease and injury, allowing evaluation of the function of various body organs. Through the nuclear medicine technology program, students learn the techniques of imaging, laboratory procedures and equipment operation.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Direct-Entry - Diagnostic medical sonographers work as members of patient care teams, applying high-frequency sound waves to assess patients and provide information to physicians for diagnoses and monitoring patients' health status.

Note: This program is also available at Suncrest College in Saskatchewan.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Direct-Entry - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is used to image all parts of the human body using non-ionizing radiation that is safe for human tissue. A magnetic resonance imaging technologist is responsible for operating the MRI scanner, obtaining images, optimizing image quality and identifying pathology.

Cardiovascular Perfusion – British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Non-Direct Entry - Cardiovascular perfusionists, as key members of open-heart surgical teams, operate extracorporeal circulation equipment, such as heart-lung machines, during open-heart surgeries or other medical procedures requiring artificially supporting or temporarily replacing a patient's circulatory or respiratory function. They closely monitor the patient's blood flow and other vital signs during open heart surgery and are also responsible for administering intravenous fluids, blood products and anesthetic drugs.

Environmental Public Health – To be announced.
Non-Direct Entry - Public Health Inspectors deliver a wide variety of environmental health/public health programs through consultation, education, inspection and enforcement of legislation within an assigned geographical area.

Orthotics and Prosthetics – British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Non-Direct Entry - Orthotists and prosthetists perform detailed assessments to determine a patients orthopedic and prosthetic needs and assess functionality of muscle development, sensory function, range of motion, and joint stability. They also develop plans to address patient needs and goals, including pain reduction, stability and mobility.

Electroneurophysiology – British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Non-Direct Entry - Electroneurophysiology technologists work in hospital settings, operating electroneuro-diagnostic testing equipment used to test and assess the integrity of the peripheral and central nervous system.

Top

3. Financial Supports and Incentives

The Government of Saskatchewan offers a variety of student financial supports including scholarships, grants and bursaries, and student loans to support secondary and post-secondary education.

Student support information and eligibility can be found at the website links below:


You can also contact Student and Support Services:

Toll Free 1-800-597-8278
Telephone
Number
306-787-5620
Email studentservices@gov.sk.ca

We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve