Practicum

BHPE - Athletic Therapy practicum information for students

GENERAL INFORMATION

Glossary
What is the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (HPED) - Athletic Therapy practicum program?
What does practical shadowing and observation mean for HPED 2050 - Professional Practice?
Can I have prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) for HPED 2050?


WHERE TO START…

When does a practicum start and how long do they continue for?
Can I be paid at my practicum placement?
Can I do a practicum outside of Calgary?
What will be my expenses and fees?
How will I notify my Practicum Coordinator that I want to do my practicum?
How do I prepare for my HPED 2050 - Professional Practice practicum experience?

WHAT'S NEXT...

How will I secure a HPED 2050 practicum placement?
What do I do if I need accommodations at the placement?
What do I do if I'm feeling unsafe, overwhelmed or having a negative experience at my placement?
Can I be fired from my placement?
I have more questions, who do I contact for more information?


GENERAL INFORMATION

Glossary

Agency: an organization that provides students with a supervised practicum experience.

Agency Contact: a representative from the Agency that ensures all policies and procedures are followed between MRU and the Agency. This representative could potentially fulfill the role of practicum agency supervisor as well.

Practicum Coordinator: a MRU staff member who manages the practicum placements. They are the liaison between the practicum agency and the student. The Practicum Coordinator establishes a relationship with the agency and helps to determine if a position is appropriate and that it aligns with the program's learning objectives. The Practicum Coordinator then assists the students in obtaining an appropriate placement and ensures compliance with all administrative policies and procedures.

Practicum Agency Supervisor: is the student's direct supervisor within the agency. This person agrees to support the student in a supervisory and mentorship capacity. They will orientate, direct and assess the student on a regular basis. This includes assessing the student's performance within their role, completing evaluations and reviewing these evaluations with the student.

Practicum Instructor: a Faculty member responsible for student assignments and evaluating the student experience for the duration of the placement. The role of the instructor is to assimilate all theory taken to date in the program and ensure the student attempts to engage with it in their practicum site. Making the link between theory and practice will take collaboration between the instructor, student and practicum agency supervisor. Therefore, a major role for the instructor is to facilitate communication between all stakeholders. Back to Top


What is the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (HPED) - Athletic Therapy practicum program?

The foundation to all practicum experiences within the BHPE is HPED 2050 - Professional Practice. All students in all Majors (Athletic Therapy, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Physical Literacy and Sport and Recreation Management) take this course in their second year of the degree. As noted in the course description below this course is a blended course that will address various professional practice topics through lectures and assignments and a total of 52 hours of practical shadowing and observation within an approved agency.

HPED 2050 - Professional Practice (Fall and Winter semesters only)
(3 credits) 2 hours lecture, 52 hours practicum
There are common knowledge, skills and abilities required to enter the
workplace in the health and physical education discipline across all majors
in the Health and Physical Education Degree. This course will consist of two
components. The first component will entail a review of common theory across
disciplines including: professionalism, ethical behaviour, business practice,
interdisciplinary communication, conflict management and confidentiality.
The second component of this course will entail a practical shadowing and
observation in each student's discipline.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 1000 and 1020

Upon completion of HPED 2050, Athletic Therapy (AT) students will complete six additional practicum courses. It is imperative that you plan to complete all prerequisites in a timely fashion. The timing of your courses is laid out for you in the Athletic Therapy Major - 4 Year Plan available in the Health and Physical Education department. The courses are:

HPED 3150 - Clinical Practicum I (Fall only course)
(1.5 credits) 1 hour lecture, 100 hours practicum
This is an introductory level clinical placement with an approved agency that focuses on clinical skills. Participants will participate in lectures once every two weeks, complete 100 hours of practicum and complete the assignments as required.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 2050, 2830, 2850, 3514 and 3516. Health and Physical Education 2505 with a minimum grade of B- and 2112 with a minimum grade of B-.
Co-requisite: Health and Physical Education 3110.

HPED 3160 - Field Practicum I (Fall only course)
(1.5 credits) 1 hour lecture, 100 hours practicum
This is an introductory level field placement with an approved agency that focuses on field management skills. Participants will participate in lectures once every two weeks, complete 100 hours of practicum and complete the assignments as required.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 2050, 2830, 2850, 3514 and 3516. Health and Physical Education 2505 with a minimum grade of B- and 2112 with a minimum grade of B-.


HPED 3152 - Clinical Practicum II (Winter only course)
(1.5 credits) 1 hour lecture, 100 hours practicum
This is an intermediate level clinical practicum with an approved agency that focuses on a higher level of responsibilities and expectations with clinical assessment and rehabilitation skills. Participants will participate in lectures once every two weeks, complete 100 hours of practicum and complete the assignments as required.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 3110, 3120, and 3150.

HPED 3162 - Field Practicum II (Winter only course)
(1.5 credits) 1 hour lecture, 100 hours practicum
This is an intermediate level field placement with an approved agency that focuses on a higher level of responsibilities and expectations with field management skills. Participants will participate in lectures once every two weeks, complete 100 hours of practicum and complete the assignments as required.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 3110, 3120 and 3160

HPED 4150 - Clinical and Field Practicum III (Fall only course)
(3 credits) 1 hour lecture, 175 hours practicum
This is an advanced level field and clinical practicum with an approved agency that focuses on a higher level of responsibilities and expectations with field management and clinical skills. Participants will participate in lectures each week, complete 175 hours of practicum and complete the assignments as required.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 3110, 3152 and 3162.
Co-requisite: Health and Physical Education 3130.


HPED 4152 - Clinical and Field Practicum IV (Winter only course)
(3 credits) 1 hour lecture, 175 hours practicum
This is an advanced level field and clinical practicum with an approved agency that focuses on supervised autonomy. This is the capstone course that prepares students for professional entry. Students will be expected to demonstrate a competency level at which they can practice independently. Students will participate in lectures each week, complete 175 hours of practicum and complete the assignments as required.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 4110 and 4150 Back to Top

What does a practical shadowing and observation mean for HPED 2050 - Professional Practice?

The main expectation for students shadowing is to listen and observe. Your opportunity to have more hands on practicum experiences will come in your other practicum courses. You shouldn't expect to touch anyone.

We do not expect you to learn the hard skills of Athletic Therapy. The more important skills that you need to learn in this shadow experience are the soft skills.

Here are some examples.

· How do Athletic Therapists handle the patient's pain?

· How do they create rapport with the team and the coaching staff?

· How do they establish trust with the patient?

· How much instruction do they give a patient?

· How do you approach a coach with information about the athlete's injury?

· How do you tell someone that they can't play anymore?

Another very important part of this experience is to gain an understanding of the lifestyle associated with the field of Athletic Therapy. What are the work hours like? What does it mean to do Field work and Clinic work? Back to Top

Can I have prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) for HPED 2050?

No. the department will not recognize prior learning and/or work experience for HPED 2050, HPED 3150, HPED 3152, HPED 3160, HPED 3162, HPED 4150 and HPED 4152. Back to Top

WHERE TO START…

When does a practicum start and how long do they continue for?HPED 2050 will be offered in Fall (Sept-Dec), and Winter (Jan-April) semesters. Spring and Summer semesters are not available due to practicum placement availability. All practicum requirements, including the hours, must be met by the end of the semester in which it is occurring. All other practicum courses follow a set schedule of either Fall or Winter delivery. Please see the Athletic Therapy - 4 year plan. Back to Top

Can I be paid at my practicum placement?

All practicum courses for AT major students are unpaid. Back to Top

Can I do a practicum outside of Calgary?At this time, students are assigned placements with approved Athletic Therapists in the Calgary region. If you wish to seek a practicum opportunity elsewhere please communicate with the Practicum Coordinator. Back to Top

What will be my expenses and fees?Expenses include:

  • Practicum course fees
  • Travel expenses to and from your practicum site (many practicum placements will require the use of a vehicle)
  • Parking fees Back to Top

How will I notify my Practicum Coordinator that I want to do my practicum?

You will need to notify the department of your intention to do HPED 2050 by completing the Practicum Course - Declaration of Intent. This declaration form will be emailed to you one semester prior to the semester of registration. For example, September 15th to declare for Winter semester, and March 1st to declare for Fall.

Once the list of students has been reviewed , the Practicum Coordinator will confirm your seat in the course. It is possible that you will be asked to postpone to another semester due to the limited number of AT specific practicum placements. You can be reassured that we will get you into HPED 2050 if you need this course to progress.

You do not need to notify the Practicum Coordinator of your participation in the third and fourth year practicum courses. Your progress is tracked and you will be informed of the steps to follow. Please consult the Athletic Therapy - 4 year plan to know the sequence of courses. Back to Top

How do I prepare for my HPED 2050 - Professional Practice practicum experience?You must have the required prerequisite courses of HPED 1000 and HPED 1020. You must also apply for a Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Search before the start of HPED 2050. Your practicum coordinator will provide you with the details after you have declared your intent. Back to Top

WHAT'S NEXT...

How will I secure a HPED 2050 practicum placement?

Once you have declared your intent to do HPED 2050 and you have received an email from the Practicum Coordinator confirming your seat, your Practicum Coordinator will be responsible for registering you in the course. You must keep your schedule conflict free with the day and time assigned for HPED 2050. You will be assigned a practicum placement once the course has started. The instructor of HPED 2050 will connect you with your peer mentor and Athletic Therapist supervisor. Back to Top

What do I do if I need accommodations at the placement?

If you require accommodation at your placement then you should inform your Practicum Coordinator of your needs. Be assured that your Practicum Coordinator cannot disclose personal information to an agency without written consent by you.

Guidelines for Students Who Experience Disabilities is available through your Practicum Coordinator. Back to Top

What do I do if I'm feeling unsafe, overwhelmed or having a negative experience at my placement?
Your first step is to communicate with your Practicum Instructor. They can help you with conflict management, communication and a possible exit strategy if the situation warrants it. Dissatisfaction impacts performance therefore it is crucial to address this early. Exiting a work placement or being fired can put into jeopardy your ability to complete the practicum course with the minimum grade of C required. Back to Top

Can I be fired from my placement?es, you can be fired from your practicum placement. To offset the risk, we encourage our agency supervisors to communicate early and often to the student if they are not meeting expectations. Your Practicum Coordinator and Instructor are available to help you understand the feedback you receive and make the necessary changes to complete your placement in a positive way. Back to Top

I have more questions, who do I contact for more information?Your Practicum Coordinator is a member of the Department of Health and Physical Education. You can email hpedpracticum@mtroyal.ca or call 403.440.6500 to book an appointment. Back to Top