Sudbury, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 2005Established Year

Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a medical training institute located in the province of Ontario in Canada. Established in the year 2005, NOSM serves as the faculty of medicine for Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury.

Why choose Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Among numerous reasons to choose Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the one major reason is its small class size and distributed model of education to achieve excellence.


As per webometrics’ record, the school has following rankings:

  • University ranking 2018(national): ranked 63rd in Canada
  • University ranking 2018(continental): ranked 709th in the continent
  • University ranking 2018(international): ranked 2967th in the world

Key features

  • First Canadian medical school hosted by two universities
  • The only Canadian medical school well-known as an impartial, non-profit organization, with its personal Board of Directors and corporate by-laws
  • Holds two research chairs in the Division of Medical Sciences and one research chair in the Division of Clinical Sciences
  • Has a funding of CAD 5 million in Health and Environment Research offered by the representatives of Bruce Power
  • Has raised an amount of CAD 318,641 (approximately) for the NOSM General Bursary Fund
  • Has raised an amount of CAD 947,200 (approximately) for the Endowment and Annual Awards
  • Has its own Medical Journal and an e-magazine named The Scope containing details about the research activities

Student success rates

  • 62% of the NOSM graduates, almost twice over the national standard, have selected family medicine (mostly rural)
  • 94% of NOSM MD graduates are currently practicing in Northern Ontario


TypeMedical school
Faculty members1557
Total number of seats64
Number of seats at Lakehead University28
Number of seats at Laurentian University36
Tuition feeCAD 24,600.00/year

Campuses and Residential Facilities

  • NOSM centers at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and at Laurentian University in Sudbury
  • The two campuses offer 28 and 36 seats respectively

Residential facilities

  • According to Ministry of Health orders, accommodation may be provided up to a maximum of 6 months per academic year by the NOSM
  • The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's Housing Unit rents, furnishes and maintains 80+ housing units across the North and is liable for the stipulation of housing for all students
  • The interested candidates are required to visit the NOSM Student Housing Webpage to find information about housing opportunities available in the Sudbury and Thunder Bay area
  • The NOSM Student Society should be contacted for any relevant query

Programs, Faculties and Divisions

  • The Northern Ontario School of Medicine offers the following phases of physician training programs:
    • Undergraduate
    • Postgraduate
    • Continuing professional
    • Professional courses such as dietetics and physician assistants
  • The four program areas that NOSM provides are:
    • Undergraduate Medical Education Programs
    • Postgraduate Residency Programs
    • Continuing Education and Professional Development
    • Interprofessional Education Programs
  • The faculties of the institute include:
    • Faculty of Clinical Sciences
    • Faculty of Human Sciences
    • Faculty of Medical Sciences

All you need to know about the application process

A 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent, from an authorized institution in any discipline will be required to apply at NOSM


  • A relaxation of one year is granted for the mature students
  • All the transcripts from the college, CEGEP, university, junior college or graduate school attended by the applicant are required to be submitted electronically or by mail
  • Applicants need to submit the proof of their citizenship status in Canada
  • All the foreign transcripts must undergo a Canadian WES(World Education Services) assessment
  • References from at least 3 individuals are needed to be submitted within the deadline
  • International students are not accepted at NOSM. All the applicants need to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrant) to be eligible to apply

How, when and where to apply

  • All the applications to the NOSM are needed to be submitted through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS)
  • To apply to the NOSM, the applicants have to register and create an account with OMSAS
  • The closing date of the creation of the account is mid-September and the deadline of the submission of the application form is the first week of October

Application fee

All the applicants are required to submit a non-refundable OMSAS application service fee of CAD 220

Cost and Expenditure

The tuition fee must be paid to the host university directly.

Tuition Fee at Lakehead University

-1st year2nd year3rd year4th Year
Tuition FeeCAD24,600.00CAD24,600.00CAD24,600.00CAD24,600.00
Ancillary FeeCAD969.88CAD969.88CAD969.88CAD969.88
Less Comp Enhancement FeesCAD25.00CAD25.00CAD25.00CAD25.00
NOSM Student Society FeesCAD125.00CAD125.00CAD125.00CAD125.00
Full PaymentCAD25,669.88CAD25,669.88CAD25,669.88CAD25,669.88
1st InstallmentCAD14,830.00CAD15,830.00CAD15,830.00CAD15,830.00
2nd InstallmentCAD9,839.88CAD9,839.88CAD9,839.88CAD9,839.88

Tuition Fee at Laurentian University

-1st Year2nd year3rd year4th year
Tuition FeeCAD24,600.00CAD24,600.00CAD24,600.00CAD24,600.00
Ancillary Fee1,011.43CAD1,011.43CAD1,011.43CAD1,011.43
Less UpassCAD0CAD0- CAD196.00- CAD196.00
NOSM Student Society FeesCAD125.00CAD125.00CAD125.00CAD125.00
Full PaymentCAD25,736.43CAD25,736.43CAD25,540.43CAD25,540.43
1st InstallmentCAD14,896.43CAD15,896.43CAD15,700.43CAD15,700.43
2nd InstallmentCAD9,840.00CAD9,840.00CAD9,840.00CAD9,840.00

Scholarships and Financial Aids

  • Total 309 bursaries and awards are offered by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to the deserving students
  • These aids are categorized into 7 groups according to their availability status, such as:
    • Open to Both Campuses
    • Open to Laurentian Campus Only
    • Open to Lakehead Campus Only
    • Open to Ontario Residents Only
    • Open to Aboriginal Learners Only
    • Open to Francophone Learners Only
    • Open to Female Learners Only
  • Some of them are discussed below:
John Andrews Award in MedicineAfro Heritage Association Bursary
Chan and Kay Armstrong AwardAlgoma Insurance Group Bursary
Town of Atikokan and Atikokan Hospital AwardSuzanne Allain, Michael Siska & Family Bursary
Annie Belandis AwardDr. Peter Apostle Bursary
Ruth C. Black Memorial AwardAstraZeneca Canada Inc. Bursary
HSBC Bank Canada Entrance AwardResolute Forest Products/ Produits Forestiers Resolu Bursary
Dr. Shirley Inouye Memorial AwardResolute Forest Products/ Produits Forestiers Resolu Iroquois Falls Bursary
Kenora Trappers Council AwardAIM Higher Bursary
Knowles Consulting Corporation AwardAlgoma Insurance Group Bursary
Margaret Ann Lorimer AwardDr. Jean Anawati Bursary
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