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Frequently Asked Questions

Section 1: General Information

Does NOSM allow students to defer their admission to the following year?

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine does not generally grant deferrals of admission, though it will consider deferrals in exceptional circumstances. Requests are received through the Office of Admissions and are forwarded to the Deferrals Committee for consideration. Decisions of the committee are final and not open to appeal by the candidate.

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition fees for First Year Medical 2016 - $23,432.00

Are there places reserved for students from Northern Ontario?

No. However, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine has a mandate to prepare students from the north for careers in medicine. Applications from students who are from Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practicing medicine in northern urban, rural and remote communities are encouraged. While seats are not reserved for northern students, the School is committed to maximizing the recruitment of these students.

Are there places reserved for Indigenous/Aboriginal students?

Yes. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine designates two seats in each year for Indigenous/Aboriginal students as an indication of our commitment to recruiting Indigenous/Aboriginal students. However, this is a minimum, not the total number of Indigenous/Aboriginal students that the School will admit. Indigenous/Aboriginal students may choose either the General Admissions stream or the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admissions stream when applying.

Please visit the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admissions Stream section of our website for more information.

Are there places reserved for Francophone students?

We encourage applications from Franco‑Ontarian and other Francophone applicants. The language of instruction and assessment for NOSM is English; however, there are opportunities for clinical placements with French‑speaking clinicians in French‑speaking communities. Other opportunities for learning in the French language include educational resources, self‑directed groups and electives. If you choose the Francophone designation in your application for the purposes of the admissions process, you must be fluent in spoken French. 

Please visit the Francophone Applicants section of our website for more information.

Should students interested in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine be applying to Laurentian or Lakehead University for their pre-med qualifications?

Both Laurentian and Lakehead Universities offer a range of high quality university programs that would provide excellent preparation for admission to the medical school. Choosing a northern university for undergraduate studies might be one way that students can demonstrate their interest in studying and working in Northern Ontario. However, place of undergraduate studies is only one of many indicators of a student's interest in the North.


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