A minimum of 28 weeks of fieldwork is required to complete the program. These weeks are completed within four seven-week placements which are dispersed throughout the program. Most of the placements take place within Alberta, Saskatchewan and the NWT. Senior placements (Level 3) may be completed internationally.
There are limited opportunities for students to complete a fieldwork placement outside of the UofA's catchment area (AB, SK, NWT). Only a limited number of students in each cohort (determined by lottery) may have the opportunity to complete a maximum of one fieldwork placement in a non-UofA catchment area (BC, ON, etc).
Students in the Saskatchewan cohort are eligible to complete only one 7 week placement in Alberta or the NWT. Three of their placements must be completed in Saskatchewan, in other Canadian provinces, or potentially in an international setting during senior placements.
Placements are arranged by the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) at facilities approved by the Department of Occupational Therapy. Students are not to contact OTs at potential fieldwork sites regarding placement options. Students are expected to attend all days of the placement in order to meet their fieldwork placement requirements.
Expenses: Placement costs (travel, lodging, food, parking, etc.) are the student's responsibility. University fees are charged for placement courses according to the regular fee index charge of the University.
Fieldwork placement pre-requisites
The following are the prerequisites for the first placement and are listed here for general information. Further details will be provided once you are admitted to the program.
Valid CPR: To begin placements, students must have a valid Health Care Provider (HCP) level CPR certificate. This certification must remain up-to-date annually, regardless of the expiration of the certificate. The provider of the certificate must use the Heart and Stroke Foundation Guidelines in order to be acceptable. Red Cross providers that follow the guidelines will also be accepted. First Aid certificates are not accepted in lieu of HCP CPR certificates.
Police Information Check: A Criminal Record Check which includes working with 'vulnerable persons' is required for students to begin their placements. They can be obtained through the Edmonton City Police, the Calgary City Police, the RCMP, or a local law enforcement agency. Any fees associated with this requirement are the responsibility of the student. Failure to obtain a clear check may prevent students from completing the clinical requirement of the program. Students from out of province/country will need to complete the security check in their home province/country.
Immunization Requirement: To meet patient protection standards suggested by Alberta Health & Wellness, students are required to obtain specified immunizations prior to clinical practice. Further details will be provided on admission to the program.
Fit-testing for the N95 respirator mask: To protect against infectious respiratory diseases, students will be fit-tested for a N95 mask before the first placement once they begin the program.