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Northwest Technical College

A student sitting on a unique sculpture on the Northwest Technical College campus.
Situated in the beautiful north woods of Minnesota, Northwest Technical College helps students integrate the value of work with educational experiences to develop resourceful lifelong learning. Aligned with Bemidji State University, the two institutions have a unique relationship that extends many benefits of attending a four-year university, including housing, meal plans, the recreation and fitness center, health services, and clubs and campus activities.

School Highlights

Situated in the beautiful north woods of Minnesota, Northwest Technical College has a mission to integrate the value of work with educational experiences to develop resourceful lifelong learners.

  • Aligned with Bemidji State University – Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University, just over two miles away, have a unique relationship that extends many benefits of attending a four-year university, including housing, meal plans, the recreation and fitness center, health services, the library, the American Indian Resource Center, clubs and campus activities.
  • College and university agreements – Credit transfer agreements have been established for many degree programs to transfer to several colleges and universities.
  • Online education – Multiple programs and a thorough list of courses are available online.
  • Warm and welcoming – Students experience personal attention, small classes, accessible faculty, learning enrichment services and original artwork on campus.
  • Campus visit – Campus visits are highly encouraged for students and their families. Visits may be scheduled by calling (218) 333-6645 or by going to the college’s website,

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 2,011
  • Full-time students: 29%
  • Part-time students: 70%
  • Percent female: 72%
  • Percent male: 25%
  • Percent students of color: 19%

Largest Programs

Automotive Service Technology; Dental Assisting; Medical Administrative Secretary Technology; Nursing

Unique Programs

Distance Minnesota consortium to offer numerous online options; High Performance Engine Machinist; Sustainable Environment


• Off Campus
The college is aligned with Bemidji State University, and students are eligible to live in BSU's residence halls and purchase a meal plan. Private housing information is available through the admissions office.


• Bus


• On Street • Off Street


Admission requirements

Northwest Technical College - Bemidji has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. Even without those, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses, which will not count toward a degree, before you can take college-level courses. Many students need just one developmental course, often in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, so your high school preparation makes a difference.

Apply early in 12th grade. That increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Northwest Technical College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.

Program Title Award
Accounting AAS
Accounting CERT
Accounting Clerk DIP
Administrative Assistant AAS
Administrative Business Specialist CERT
Administrative Support DIP
Automation Technology CERT
Automotive Chassis and Powertrain Systems CERT
Automotive Service CERT
Automotive Service Technician AAS
Automotive Service and Performance DIP
Business AS
Business AAS
Business Foundations CERT
Child Care and Education AAS
Child Care and Education - Level I CERT
Child Care and Education Level II CERT
Commercial Refrigeration/HVAC DIP
Commercial Wiring CERT
Community Health Worker CERT
Computer Support CERT
Construction Foundations CERT
Construction Technology CERT
Cylinder Head & Engine Block Machining Professional CERT
Dental Assisting AAS
Dental Assisting DIP
E-Merging Computer Technology AAS
Electrical Construction and Maintenance AAS
Electrical Construction and Maintenance DIP
Electrical Instrumentation CERT
Emergency Medical Technician CERT
Engineering Technology AAS
Facility Maintenance and Management AAS
Facility Maintenance and Management DIP
Health Sciences Broad Field AS
Healthcare Administrative Specialist AAS
Healthcare Administrative Support DIP
High Performance Engine Machinist AAS
High Performance Engine Machinist DIP
Human Resources CERT
Individualized Studies AAS
Individualized Studies AS
Individualized Studies DIP
Industrial Maintenance AAS
Industrial Mechanic CERT
Machine Technology CERT
Management and Entrepreneurship CERT
Mechanical Construction AAS
Mechanical Construction DIP
Mechanical Systems CERT
Medical Coding AAS
Medical Coding DIP
Medical Coding CERT
Motorsports Technology DIP
Nursing AS
Nursing Assistant CERT
Plumbing Technology CERT
Practical Nursing DIP
Production Technologies CERT
Refrigeration and HVAC Control CERT
Renewable Energy CERT
Residential Plumbing/HVAC DIP
Residential Wiring CERT
Sales and Marketing DIP
Sales and Marketing CERT
Sales, Marketing, and Management AAS
Supervisory Leadership DIP
Supervisory Management AAS
Sustainable Environment Technologies AAS
Welding CERT
Welding Technology CERT
Young Child Education AS

The following degrees are available from Northwest Technical College

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,480.00
FAFSA Code:005759

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects.

  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Community and human services
  • Student Nurses Association
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Native American Student Organization
Health and fitness
  • Intramural Sports through Bemidji State
Honorary societies
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Politics and society
  • Student Senate
Special interest
  • Direct Wire Club
Northwest Technical College
Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave. S.E.
Bemidji, MN 56601
Toll-Free: (800) 942-8324
Local: (218) 333-6647
TTY: (218) 333-6691