IMPORTANT: You have until Day 10 of the current semester to apply. Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates.

Transfer of credits from Ontario Colleges and other public colleges and universities will be considered on a course-by-course basis. Transfer credits will be granted when, in the opinion of the college, the work covered is equivalent in objectives and evaluation standards to the corresponding course of study at Northern College.

To get general information about Credit Transfers in Ontario go to ONCAT. For previously granted course equivalencies for Northern College go to ONTransfer.

Please note: If you are receiving funding through OSAP and wish to retain your full-time status, remember: OSAP requires you attend 70% of your classes at Northern. This may affect how many transfer credits you wish to apply for.

Attention Northern College & Laurentian University Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) students:
The Collaborative BScN program does not have the option to PLAR for transfer credits and there are no challenge exams available. All incoming year 1 BSCN students who may be eligible for transfer credits, will have transfer credits automatically assessed based on transcripts submitted at the time of application. Eligible students will be advised if any transfer credits are granted in late August, by the Program Coordinator. Students are not to contact Laurentian University regarding their transfer credit assessment

To have the credit(s) from another institution recognized for your Northern College program follow these steps:

Step 1 Review

Review and decide which courses in your Northern College program are similar to courses you have successfully completed at a different institution: Go to your program page to review individual course descriptions.

Step 2 Complete the Form

Complete the request for Advanced Standing Transfer Credit External Form. Use only one form for each transfer credit you are requesting.

Step 3 Payment

Pay required transfer credit fees. Payment can be submitted at Student Services on campus or online through your Northern College Student Account. Fees are $25 per transfer request with a maximum of $200 per academic year.

Step 4 - Gather Documentation

Attach the following documentation to your completed application form: course outline from each successfully completed course you wish to use for a transfer credit, official transcript from your previous institution and payment receipt.

Step 5 Send Documentation

Submit your request. Scan and email completed form with required documentation to pathways@northern.on.ca. If a scanner is not available to you than clear images and photos of the completed request, including supporting documents, can be submitted.

What Happens Now?

The Pathways Officer works in conjunction with your Program Coordinator for Assessment.

  • Generally, transfer credits will only be granted for courses completed within the last five (5) years.
  • Decisions will be communicated to you by email from the Pathways Officer.
  • The approved Transfer Credit is recorded as “TC” on your transcript and will not be factored into your GPA.

Consult with the Pathways Officer if you need assistance: pathways@northern.on.ca or 705-235-3211 ext. 2190.

Please note that processing of the request for Advanced Standing Transfer Credit External will not proceed until payment, course outlines and official transcript have been received.

Advanced Standing Requests

Students MUST continue to attend classes in the course until a decision has been made. The decisions and/or grades assessed by the Academic staff are final and are not subject to appeal. Should a student’s status drop from full-time to part-time, as a result of transfer credits, they are encouraged to meet with their program coordinator to select other courses (if possible) to add to their timetable. A change in status can affect funding from OSAP.