Does your education program require practical experience in a work setting with guidance from an experienced professional?
Whether you are in a clinical or non-clinical profession Alberta Health Services (AHS) may have an opportunity for you.
A student placement is any unpaid practice education experience (also called placement, practicum, clinical, fieldwork, internship, experiential learning, etc.) that is a requirement of an educational program.
If you are unsure about whether you require a clinical or non-clinical placement, please contact us.
A clinical placement is one where the individual is in a position that will be directly involved with patient care or directly provide patient care. For example: nurses, therapists, geneticists, dieticians, counselors, emergency medical technicians, opticians, and pharmacists.
Requests received from students directly will not be accepted.
All AHS student placement requests must originate from your post-secondary institution and be directed through the Health Science Placement Network (HSPnet) or the Student Placement Team.
Students attending an international post-secondary institution (including students from the United States) who wish to request a placement with AHS, should read the international students section of our FAQs. The international post-secondary institution is required to contact the Student Placement Team directly to discuss the process and prerequisites.
Please note: we require a time frame of 6 months for international student placement requests.
If you have any questions, the Student Placement Team is available to support students and placement coordinators with this process.
A non-clinical placement is one where the individual will not have direct contact with a patient and will not provide care or support for their care. Examples include human resources professionals, finance, maintenance staff, secretaries or administrative assistants.
AHS offers placement opportunities for non-clinical post-secondary students, where a placement is a requirement of the program.
Your placement coordinator will submit these two sets of documents to us. Once these documents have been received by AHS, we will assist you with finding a suitable placement, wherever possible.
If you have any questions, Student Strategies is available to support students and placement coordinators with this process. You can reach Student Strategies via email or by phone at 1-855-232-4747.
Are you preparing to start a student placement with AHS? Please visit our Student Orientation Information
“The mentorship is really helpful, and I feel really supported by the rest of the rehab staff and the health care team here.”
- Camira C., physiotherapist (former placement student)
“I am so thankful that I had such a great practicum experience, which exceeded my expectations, and allowed me to learn and grow personally and professionally.”
- Ashley K., University of Alberta BScKin Student