1 year - Full time - September - August
In-class , ONLINE + practicum
Admission requirements: Undergraduate degree in health sciences,
management and organizational studies,
or related field.
$8500 + Western ancillary fees, course texts
Application deadline: March 1
A practicum is a college or university course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory.
Students will engage in a practicum, which will culminate classroom theory into practical real world application. Students should expect a high calibre practicum experience, gaining valuable insight into the organization, while demonstrating acquired hands on knowledge in a relevant industry role.
Please note: Depending on your geographic location and the availability of practicum sites, you may be required to travel and/or relocate in order to complete the practical portions of the Diploma requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the expected time commitment for the practicum session?
The practicum session runs for a total of 560 hours. Similar to any work-related position, students will be on-site or conducting site-related work following a schedule predetermined by the student, Practicum Coordinator and practicum site supervisor. Typically, students work 35-40 hours per week during the practicum. Students must successfully complete all required hours and assignments to satisfy the practicum requirements for the diploma.
2. How is the practicum placement evaluated?
Note: All evaluation criteria will be outlined on the course syllabus, provided to students in the fall
3. Where can I complete my practicum session?
Continuing Studies recruits practicum sites from agencies and organizations located across the country in business, government, and non-profit sectors. Students will be provided with a pre-approved list of potential practicum sites; however, students may consider collaborating with the Practicum Coordinator to identify new sites of interest.
Please note: Depending on your geographic location and the availability of practicum sites, you may be required to travel and/or relocate in order to complete the practical portions of the Diploma requirements
4. Are these paid practicum sessions?
Successful completion of the practicum, based on the evaluation of the student’s on-site performance, is a requirement of the academic program. A site may choose to recognize the student’s contribution to the organization by offering a monthly stipend or honorarium, but this is at the site's discretion, and is not required for sites to be eligible to participate.
5. What is the process for securing a practicum site?
Planning for the practicum begins in the fall. Prior to this time, students are encouraged to begin thinking about specific sites of interest, or sectors of interest, and are invited to discuss their ideas with the Practicum Coordinator after their acceptance into the Diploma program. In the Fall, students will be provided with a list of approved practicum sites; students may also work directly with the Practicum Coordinator to secure a practicum site that is not on the list. As much as possible, the process for securing a practicum will look like the process for securing employment:
6. Where can I find additional information on the practicum?
The Practicum Coordinator at Continuing Studies guides students through the practicum process. Upon acceptance into the program, students are encouraged to contact the Practicum Coordinator to discuss their interests, questions, and/or concerns.
If you have questions beyond the information that is provided here please contact Continuing Studies at Western at 519 661 3658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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