College of the North Atlantic

Founded 1997 | Stephenville, NL

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is one of the largest post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada, with 17 campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador. Residence space is available at the Bay St. George, Burin and Happy Valley–Goose Bay campuses.

Students can choose from more than 100 diploma, certificate and continuing education programs and over 350 course offerings, and can access courses and programs online. Areas of study include applied arts and tourism, business and IT, engineering technology, industrial trades, health sciences and natural resources programming. The college has introduced microcredentials in digital fluency and cybersecurity.

CNA provides block training for apprentices, enabling them to advance through their programs and write their Red Seal certification examinations. 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 institutions in China, where more than 430 students are enrolled in programs.

Popular Programs

• Office/Business Administration

• Comprehensive Arts & Sciences

• Early Childhood Education

• Practical Nurse

• Computer Systems and Networking

School Size



• Degree $3,484

• Diploma $1,742

• Certificate $1,742

• Post-Grad $1,742

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Wind Turbine Technician: This training reinforces the learners’ understanding of the mechanical and electrical systems of turbine and hydraulic systems, which are maintained in the role as technician. Extensive safety training and rescue drills establish insight and respect for the strict protocols of the industry.

• Hydrogen Technician: Students gain strong technical skills and can be on the cutting edge of a revolutionary change in the sustainable energy economy. CNA is aligning with global reports and recommendations to build on existing occupations, as well as upskilling to meet the needs of the hydrogen industry.

• Veterinary Technician: Students learn about pharmacology, radiography, laboratory testing, animal nursing, surgery and anesthesia and more with this two-year diploma. With 16 areas of specialization after graduation, students have substantial growth opportunities.