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 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 whether you require a clinical or non-clinical placement please email Student.Placements@ahs.ca.
Effective March 6, 2023, AHS workers who are in areas with no direct contact with patients or patient items (i.e., corporate settings, health records departments, clinical sites vacant or not yet commissioned) may choose to wear a mask but are no longer required to continuously mask for COVID-19.
AHS still requires continuous masking by workers in AHS facilities/settings where they may come into direct contact with patients, patient’s belongings, patient care items, designated family/support persons, or visitors.
Please visit COVID-19 Resources for AHS Staff & Health Professionals (searchable / sortable table) to view additional documents for students in the workplace.
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, dietitians, counselors, emergency medical technicians, opticians, and pharmacists.
Please review our Student Placement Prerequisites for eligibility information.
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.
Requests received from students directly will not be accepted.
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 Frequently Asked Questions. The international post-secondary institution is required to email Student.Placements@ahs.ca 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, please email Student.Placements@ahs.ca.
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 the documents mentioned above to us. Once these documents have been received by AHS, we will assist you with finding a suitable placement, wherever possible.
Please note: We require a time frame of 3 months for student placement requests or 6 months for international student placement requests.
If you have any questions, Student Strategies is available to support students and placement coordinators with this process, please email Student.Strategies@ahs.ca.
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“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