Many training opportunities in health careers such as medical education, nursing, continuing care assisting, sonography are available at various training institutions and universities in Saskatchewan’s post-secondary education system, as well as interprovincial purchased seats in some provinces for certain programs currently not available in Saskatchewan.
See list and details on Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Education Institutions.
Students who are interested in medical school can find information on the College of Medicine website.
Students who are interested in exploring a career in nursing may visit the websites of the provincial providers of nursing programs:
Beginning in fall 2022, the province has expanded domestic nursing education and training by 150 seats for registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners through the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Students interested in an alternate program within Health Sciences can direct their questions to their post-secondary institution of choice or visit Opportunities - healthcareersinsask.ca.
For information on waitlists or future nursing intakes, please direct questions to one of the two provincial nursing programs providers – School of Nursing - Saskatchewan Polytechnic or College of Nursing - University of Saskatchewan.
Both Registered Nursing programs (University of Regina/Saskatchewan Polytechnic and University of Saskatchewan) offer the Post-Degree and Upper Year entry into the program. This allows students to apply if they have other nursing backgrounds (e.g. Licensed Practical Nursing) or have completed a baccalaureate degree in another field.
The University of Saskatchewan’s Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing is an accelerated registered nursing pathway that allows students to fast track through the program within two years.
Financial and Incentive Programs
There are financial and incentive programs available to help Saskatchewan Health Sciences students / graduates get started on a rewarding future career path. This includes bursaries, scholarships, student loans and loan forgiveness program, income tax credits and other beneficial programs.
A full list of bursaries, incentives and funding for education for students and health care employees is available at HealthCareersInSask - Bursaries and Programs.
Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to all students who qualify.
The Student Loan Forgiveness Program encourages nurses and nurse practitioners to practice in rural or remote communities by forgiving up to $20,000 of their Saskatchewan Student Loans.
The Graduate Retention Program provides income tax credits of up to $20,000 to eligible graduates who live and work in Saskatchewan. Nurses and nurse practitioners who are eligible for the Student Loan Forgiveness Program may also qualify for the Graduate Retention Program.
The Final Clinical Placement Bursary is offered by the Ministry of Health to students in an eligible health discipline that requires the completion of a final clinical placement as part of training.
Training Opportunities for Indigenous Students
First Nations University Indigenous Health Unit offers courses and programs in Indigenous health, contemporary issues in Indigenous health, traditional healing and Indigenous health research methods.
Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) offers the Indigenous Practical Nursing Program, and Gabriel Dumont Institute delivers a Practical Nursing and Continuing Care Assistant program.