Admission Processes

SIAST offers more than 150 post-secondary programs and provides training to apprentices in almost 30 trades. The application process varies. We have three types of admission processes at SIAST:

    1. Competitive

      The Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, delivered in partnership with the University of Regina, uses a competitive admission process. Applications are ranked according to specific program requirements. Refer to the program website for details.

    2. First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA)

      The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of SIAST programs.

      You can submit your application at any time, and it is considered for the upcoming start date for the program. When we determine you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission. The earlier you provide the qualifications for admission to the next start date, the earlier you might begin your studies.

      Applicants who fully qualify, but for whom a seat is not available on the upcoming start date, may defer to a subsequent start date within the academic year.

      Applicants who accept the offer of a seat in a program, and later reconsider, may defer to a subsequent start date within the academic year.

      Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain a waitlist.

      Current high-school students who are enrolled in the grade level that will qualify them for admission to the program of their choice may apply on or after September 1 each year.

      SIAST accepts interim statements of marks and confirmations of registration as conditional qualifications for programs. High-school students or persons taking Basic Education upgrading should apply as soon as they are enrolled in the courses that qualify them for the program.

      Reapplication opportunities exist for those who previously applied and were not successful in obtaining a seat in a program, and for those who are returning to complete their original program of study after a voluntary or required absence.

    3. High-Demand

      A small number of SIAST programs are designated as high-demand. The following programs are currently designated. For more information on admission requirements for high-demand programs, refer to the program's official web page.

      Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology
      Dental Hygiene
      Medical Laboratory Assistant
      Medical Laboratory Technology
      Medical Radiologic Technology
      Power Engineering Technology
      Practical Nursing
      Psychiatric Nursing (Diploma)

      Generally, high-demand programs consistently have 2.5 times more applicants than spaces available. A review is conducted each fall to determine which programs will be designated as high demand for the following academic year.

      High-demand programs are open for application from 8:00 a.m., October 1, to 4:30 p.m., February 15 (Saskatchewan times) each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).

      International applicants are considered for admission to some high-demand programs. Refer to each program's official web page for the current status of international applications.

      High-demand programs have admission requirements plus additional selection criteria. Admission requirements set the minimum academic standard required for success in a program. The selection criteria for high-demand programs are broader than academic requirements. Examples of potential selection criteria include interviews, career explorations and work or volunteer experience.

      Admission Average Calculation for High School Graduates

      The Phase 1 admission average calculation for high school graduates is based on the final marks in courses required for admission to the specific program to which they are applying. Final marks that high school graduates obtain through upgrading must be provided by February 28(29) in order to be considered. We will use only final grades provided to us by the end of February.

      Admission Average Calculation for Current High School Students

      The Phase 1 admission average calculation for current high school students is based on final marks provided by February 28(29). High school students must order transcripts to be sent directly to SIAST at the end of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2 of the grade 12 year.

      Students who have not yet graduated from grade 12, and who are registered in the Adult 12 program with SIAST Basic Education, must have their instructor submit, in writing, the relevant mid-term mark(s) by February 28(29). These mid-term marks will be used in the admission average calculation.

      For the Phase 1 admission average calculation, the final grade 12 mark is used where the course is completed, and the final grade 11 mark is used only in the absence of the grade 12 mark in the same subject. SIAST does not use projected or predicted marks in the absence of final marks. All program-specific admission requirements must be met before final admission is granted.

      The following five courses are used to calculate the Phase 1 admission average for students enrolled in high school at the time of application to a high-demand program:

      • Two 20 or 30 level English Language Arts courses (ELA 20, ELA A30, ELA B30) *
      • One 20 or 30 level Mathematics course (Foundations of Math or Pre-Calculus) *
      • Two 20 or 30 level Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) *


      * Final grade 11 marks will only be substituted in the absence of final grade 12 marks in the same subject. If the grade 12 mark is available, it will be used. Predicted or projected grades are not used.

      GED and modified subject scores cannot be presented as alternatives nor can they be "converted" to Saskatchewan 20 or 30 level subjects. Only regular 20 or 30 level courses are acceptable.

      Applications are ranked in the order of highest averages.

      Final Admission

      Final admission is not determined until additional phases of the high-demand process have been applied, and only after the program-specific requirements have been met.

      Official high school transcripts must be submitted directly to SIAST at the end of semester one and the end of semester two of the grade 12 year. The Ministry of Education will send transcripts at the end of each semester for the cost of a single transcript. SIAST must receive final grade 12 transcripts by August 1.

 

The majority of spaces in SIAST programs are filled on the basis of the following priorities.

First Priority - Canadian citizens and landed immigrants: This does not preclude programs from designating a small percentage of seats for second-priority applicants.

If applicants fit into one of the following categories they may be considered on the same basis as Canadian residents (first priority):

    • international students covered under a contract training arrangement with SIAST
    • contractual agreements with other post-secondary educational institutions
    • special agreements for international exchange or training
    • unique programs where a set number of seats are reserved for international applicant
    • programs with targeted funding

Second Priority - Out-of-country applicants on student visas: The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act requires that all foreign visitors or students intending to study in Canada must apply for and obtain a student authorization from an immigration officer prior to attending any institution.

Part-Time Programs

SIAST offers a number of programs on a part-time basis, usually through Continuing Education. In some cases, individuals must apply and be accepted to the program prior to their first course registration, In other cases, students may take courses without application to the program, but must apply and be accepted prior to the clinical or practicum. There are also a few part-time program offerings for which application is not relevant. Students may take all courses in the program, then apply to graduate once done.

Application for admission is not relevant to these offerings
Application is not relevant to the part-time delivery of the following programs. Students may take all courses in the program, and apply to graduate once they have successfully completed them.

Accounting (certificate)
Business (certificate)
Business Accountancy
Business Human Resources
Business Planning
Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology - Bridging
Food and Beverage Service
Food Service Worker
Human Resources Management
Office Education
Recognition of Prior Learning Practitioner
Web Site Design and Development

Application for admission is not relevant to the online delivery of year 1 of the Computer Systems Technology program
Students opting for the online delivery of year 1 courses in this program, do not apply upfront. They take all year 1 courses as they are offered online, apply to be accepted to year 2 of the program as they near year 1 completion, and must meet all admission requirements (including proof of English Language Proficiency) at that time.

Application for admission (including proof of English Language Proficiency) is required after taking specific courses in the Victim Services Coordination program
Individuals may take the following courses in this part-time program without applying, but must then apply and be accepted to the program prior to additional course registrations.

ADMN 100
COMM 110
HUMR 100

Application for admission (including proof of English Language Proficiency) is required prior to first course registration
Individuals must apply to the part-time offerings of these programs prior to their first course registration.

Basic Critical Care Nursing
Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals
Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers
Digital Graphic Design
Dynamic Web Development
Funeral Service
Interactive Media Production
Nursing Re-entry
Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner (applied certificate)
Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner (certificate)
Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses
Perioperative Nursing/LPN
Perioperative Nursing/RN
Practical Nurse Re-entry
Water and Wastewater Technician

Application for admission (including proof of English Language Proficiency) is required prior to registration in the following courses in the Continuing Care Assistant program
Individuals may take some courses before admission, but must apply and be accepted to part-time offerings before registering in any of these courses.

SPCR 103
SPCR 184
SPCR 284
SPCR 285

Application for admission (including proof of English Language Proficiency is required prior to registration in the following courses in the Early Childhood Education certificate program (effective July 1, 2014)
Individuals may take some courses before admission, but must apply and be accepted to the program before registering in any of these courses.

ECE 100
ECE 101
ECE 102
ECE 103
ECE 104
ECE 105
ECE 181
HUMD 100
PRAC 104
PRAC 105

Application for admission (including proof of English Language Proficiency is required prior to registration in the following courses in the Health Information Management program
Individuals may take most courses before admission, but must apply and be accepted to the program before registering in the following courses.

CLIN 161
HINF 161
PATH 272

Application for admission (including proof of English Language Proficiency) is required prior to the clinical or practicum
Individuals may take courses through the part-time delivery of the following programs without admission, but must apply and be accepted to the program prior to the clinical or practicum.

Disability Support Worker
Early Childhood Education (certificate)
Educational Assistant
Health Information Management
Therapeutic Recreation
Youth Care Worker (certificate)

 

 

 

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SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics Canada, SIAST's programs range from certificates to degrees. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities.

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