Community Placement Experience

Extend the walls of the classroom with practical experience in the workplace.

Master valuable competencies through experiential learning which will help you make a successful transition to the workplace.

Through a Community Placement Experience (Practicum-HES 401), students are exposed to real-world situations. Approximately 80 students complete the 40-hour requirement in the community each term (Summer, Winter, and Winter II).

Each practicum student is required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on or shadowing volunteer work with a health-related organization.  A supervisor from the organization works with the student to determine their role/tasks/responsibilities for the practicum. Placements are available on a limited basis in:

  • Clinical rehabilitation settings with physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, diagnostic technicians, dentists and dieticians.
  • Sports organizations with physiotherapists, athletic trainers, physicians and strength and conditioning specialists
  • Public and private educational settings with elementary and secondary students
  • Fitness/sport and rehabilitation organizations working with individuals with special needs
  • Health promotion settings with non-profit organizations
  • Fitness organizations with exercise professionals
  • Sport administration settings

Admission of students to the Community Placement Experience will be on a competitive basis. Students are accepted each year based on compatibility with interests of potential supervisors and community supervisor availability. Details and application information are typically sent out directly to students throughout the year, including information on deadlines. Students must meet the following requirements to apply:

  • Fourth-year standing;
  • Completion of the pre-practicum requirements (see below).

Beyond the 40-hour requirement, each student will research a topic related to the services provided by your organization, and create a document/fact sheet/brochure featuring this research for you to share with colleagues, clients etc.  At the end of the experience, the practicum supervisor is asked to complete a one-page performance feedback form based on the student’s involvement in the practicum.

HMKN 401 and 402 will appear as regular courses on your transcript though the P/F grade will appear in a different column than graded classes. Since it is a non-numerical grade, it will not impact your GPA in any way.

Students must meet the following requirements to graduate:

  • All general program requirements for the BHK degree;
  • Satisfy all course requirements for chosen area of concentration;
  • Satisfactory performance feedback and course activities.

Pre-practicum requirementS

Practicum is available in each term (Sept.-Dec., Jan.-April, May-June).

  • Held the term prior to the term you plan to take HES 401
  • If unable to attend, and you would like more information about the course, schedule a meeting with Rebecca:  

Student & Community Contact

Rebecca Frechette
Tel: 250.807.9565
Office: ARTS 337