Practicum

BHPE - Athletic Therapy practicum information for agencies

GENERAL INFORMATION

Glossary
What is the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (HPED) - Athletic Therapy practicum program?
What does a practical shadowing and observation mean for HPED 2050 - Professional Practice?
What are the expectations of the practicum agency for HPED 2050?
What are the benefits of hiring a job shadowing student for a 52 hour practicum?
How are students prepared and supported during the practicum placement?

WHERE TO START…

When does a practicum start and how long do they continue for?
How much are students paid?
How do I sign up to take on an HPED 2050 AT student?


WHAT'S NEXT...

How do I extend an employment offer to a student?

What happens once the student begins their practicum?
What do I do if the student is not meeting expectations?
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: an MRU staff member who manages all 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 programs learning objectives. Once approval has been given for a particular position, the Practicum Coordinator can then advertise the position to the students. 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. Both HPED 2050 and HPED 3050 require two evaluations: a midterm and a final.

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 with a total of 52 hours of practical shadowing and observation within an approved agency.

HPED 2050 - Professional Practice
There are two components to this course; the student attends lectures throughout the semester while completing the 52 hour requirement of experience. This course will entail a review of common theory across disciplines including: professionalism, ethical behavior, 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. This course requires the completion of 52 hours of work experience.
Students take this course in their second year.

In the third year of their program, students begin taking Athletic Therapy specific practicum courses. They are:

HPED 3150 - Clinical Practicum I
(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.

HPED 3152 - Clinical Practicum II
(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.

HPED 3160 - Field Practicum I
(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.

HPED 3162 - Field Practicum II
(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.

HPED 4150 - Clinical and Field Practicum III
(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.

HPED 4152 - Clinical and Field Practicum IV
(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.

***Information on the processes for HPED 3150, HPED 3152, HPED 3160, HPED 3162, HPED 4150 AND HPED 4152 will be available at a future date. These courses will only be available to our students starting Fall 2016 onwards. Back to Top

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

Paris and Mason (1995) define job shadowing:
"Job Shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. The job shadowing work experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in an occupational area of interest to the student. Students witness firsthand the work environment,employability and occupational skills in practice, the value of professional training and potential career options. Job shadowing is designed to increase career awareness, help model student behavior through examples and reinforce in the student the link between classroom learning and work requirements. Almost any workplace is a potential job shadowing site." Back to Top

What are the expectations of the practicum agency for HPED 2050?

  • Complete initial paperwork such as a Practicum Agreement and the Agency Checklist - Risk Management form .
  • Provide an immediate supervisor to work closely with the student who will allow the student to observe them in their duties.
  • Mentor and support the student's learning experience by providing them with exposure to the supervisor's role and the day to day operations of the agency.
  • Contribute to the student's learning experience by conducting performance evaluations and providing your feedback to the student. There are two evaluations: a midterm evaluation and a final evaluation.
  • Contact the Practicum Coordinator (see contact information below) if any questions or concerns arise. Back to Top

What are the benefits of hiring a job shadowing student for a 52 hour practicum?

  • You are engaging in the opportunity to help develop and mentor future practitioners in your field.
  • The process will allow you to reflect on your own work practices.
  • You can preview prospective employees.
  • You will establish a relationship with the Department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies at MRU. Back to Top


How are students prepared and supported during the practicum placement?

To prepare for the workplace, students receive instruction and reflect on communication strategies, conflict management, leadership, teamwork, time management, professional accountability and ethical behaviour.

Once engaged with their agency, students are supported with an instructor and Practicum Coordinator who will assist them in navigating their workplace experience and applying their academic learning. All Athletic Therapy practicum courses have formal, weekly classes to attend where debriefing from events at the practicum site or agency will take place. Furthermore, practicum sites do not always provide exposure to learning experience or competencies that are required for graduation. The class activities are designed to expose students to clinical or field experiences that they may not be exposed to in a real-life setting. Back to Top


WHERE TO START…

When does a practicum start and how long do they continue for?

HPED 2050 will be offered each semester: Fall (Sept-Dec), Winter (Jan-April) and Spring (May-June). All practicum requirements, including the hours, must be met by the end of the semester in which it is occurring. The hours cannot be calculated outside of the semester.

HPED 3150, 3152, 3160, 3162 4150, 4152 will only be offered starting Fall 2016. Details to follow. Back to Top

How much are students paid?

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

How do I sign up to take on an HPED 2050 AT student?

You can express interest in taking on a student by completing the Agency Supervisor Application Form. A Practicum Coordinator will be in contact with you to answer any questions you might have and to discuss the learning objectives and the format of the experience.

The Practicum Coordinator will submit your application to faculty for approval to ensure that the experience meets the learning objectives for the program.

Once we have established that your organization can participate in our practicum program, a Practicum Agreement will need to be signed by your agency and MRU. This agreement will only need to be completed once for a three year term. You are not obligated to take on a student by signing this document.


Once approved, your opportunity will be posted on an internal student job board. Only qualified practicum students will have access to this list. There is no guarantee that you will have a student assigned to you. It will depend on compatibility.

To learn more about the Practicum Agreement, click here. Back to Top

WHAT'S NEXT...

How do I extend an employment offer to a student?

Students will be assigned to your agency for HPED 2050. They will be in contact with you to make an appointment to meet with you. Back to Top

What happens once the student begins their practicum?

The forms that are required in the practicum include:

  • Practicum Start Verification
  • Student Learning Contract
  • Evaluation Forms (midterm and end)
  • Student Tracking Hours

These forms are submitted via the Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system. This internet site enables the student, the Practicum Coordinator, the Practicum Instructor and the agency to complete all forms without the need to print, fax or email paper forms. Back to Top

What do I do if the student is not meeting expectations?

The student should be provided an opportunity to learn from the experience and to improve their performance. In this regard, the supervisor is encouraged to meet with the student to discuss the situation, clarify goals, provide guidance where necessary, and establish a timeline for improvement. If the concern persists, the practicum agency is asked to document the issue and to contact the Practicum Coordinator for support and/or intervention. Subsequently, if the situation cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the practicum agency has the right to terminate the student's practicum placement. Back to Top

Who do I contact for more information?

The main contact for practicum questions is Gisele Marcoux and she can reached via email at physedinfo@mtroyal.ca or by phone at 403.440.5022. Back to Top