As part of the Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin), Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport & Tourism (BARST) or Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BScKIN) degree, every student will be required to complete a practicum. This is a non-paid work experience program in which you are placed with an approved agency. The ideal practicum placement will provide you with a work experience that complements your pattern or concentration, previous work and volunteer history as well as your personal learning objectives.
A practicum is a course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory.
The main purpose of the professional practicum is education; it is to be both a learning and working experience.
Geographic Location of Placements
Professional practicum students have completed their placements throughout Alberta, Canada, and around the world. However, most students choose a placement in Alberta and specifically within the greater Edmonton metropolitan area.
Many unique placements are offered outside of the Edmonton region, and students assigned to one of these should be prepared to re-locate during that term. Also, there may be limited practicum opportunities in the Edmonton region for certain types of experiences and you may be required to re-locate to secure a placement in your specific area.
Specifically, BKin and BScKin students who would like exercise rehabilitation placements in either rehabilitation clinics or physiotherapy clinics need to consider placements in other parts of the province.
Prerequisites for clinic-based practicums
If you’re a BKin or BScKin student and you have an interest in securing a placement in either a rehabilitation clinic or a physiotherapy clinic, you must have completed pre-requisite courses prior to the commencement of your placement.
In addition, you may also be required to have completed specific certifications, such as first aid, CPT, CPR and/or AFCLA required for your practicum placement.
Please refer to the following documents:
Pre-requisites Exercise Rehabilitation in a Physiotherapy Clinic (PDF)
All students are strongly advised to meet with your respective assigned program advisor early in your program to ensure that you are prepared to enroll in courses which are required, or highly recommended, prior to your clinic-based practicum (e.g. KIN 400 and KIN 440).