~ A Message from the Associate Dean of Field Training, Dr. Tamara Dalrymple ~
When communicating with Practicum Advisors, kindly remember that they are dedicated professionals working diligently to assist you with your inquiries and practicum placements. They are here to provide guidance and support as you navigate this crucial aspect of your academic journey. Please remember that students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the educational objectives of the University in accordance with generally accepted standards of behavior, and in accordance with other published University policies. In addition, please be timely in your responses, prepare well, ask thoughtful questions, and express your appreciation for their support. Your adherence to these principles ensures a positive experience for all and upholds the reputation of our institution. If you encounter challenges, don’t hesitate to seek assistance. Your commitment to excellence is appreciated.
MACP students generally begin practicum in trimester six and finish at the end of trimester seven.
All practicums must be officially approved by the Department of Field Training the trimester prior to the student beginning practicum.
To receive best opportunity for approval of a practicum plan, all steps provided below must be successfully completed by the established practicum application deadlines:
If you are a potential Site and/or Supervisor for an MACP student seeking to complete their practicum with your agency/organization, please review the following information and steps of the Practicum Application process.
There are three (3) separate processes required by the MACP Program for a student’s practicum application to be considered for approval:
Please read the specific details about each step in the overall Practicum Application Process outlined below.
The URL to the Supervisor Application is: https://practicum.yorkvilleu.ca/supervisors/supervisor-application/
NOTE: The student should not be completing the Supervisor Application form for any supervisor.
Once the student has confirmation from the Site and Supervisor that an application has been submitted (i.e., the Site application and the Supervisor application), then the student can complete the following steps:
Please be aware that the Practicum Liaison does not engage with students. If students have questions about the process, please review the recording of “Living the Practicum Life” in the Skills Learning Lab, attend the weekly drop-in zoom hours with the Practicum team, read the Student Practicum Manual or, as a last option, submit an MACP AskYU ticket. The Practicum Liaison will not respond to student emails.
Each trimester has its own practicum application deadlines ending at 11:55pm Atlantic Time (AT) on their respective day. These deadlines apply to sites, supervisors, and students and are specified below:
Practicum In Place of Employment (Workplace)
All Other Practicums
|Practicum Placement Hold Submission Deadlines|
|Winter||January||October 1||November 1||November 1|
|May||February 1||March 1||March 1|
|Fall *||September||June 1||July 1||July 1|
Note*: Effective Fall 2023, the practicum application deadline for any site requiring an affiliation agreement (i.e., health authority, school district, government etc.) will be the same as the deadlines for “Practicum in Place of Employment (Workplace)” – June 1 (for September term start), October 1 (for January term start), and February 1 (for May term start).
*When applying to health authority sites or government agencies that require an application on your behalf, please be aware that the process can be time intensive. These sites often have specific requirements and procedures that must be followed diligently. While we fully support your pursuit of the best-fit placement, we kindly ask for your consideration in potentially withdrawing applications in a timely manner if circumstances change.
It is very important that all students confirm with their proposed practicum site whether additional documents are required for their placement; generally, these will be:
Because it is the University’s responsibility to ensure students have acquired the document(s), students must submit proof of the required document(s) as part of the Practicum Application. Failure to submit required documentation will delay the processing of a student’s application and may impact whether the student will be able to begin practicum on time. It is important you find out early on if any/all of these are required by your site, to give yourself enough time to secure them for your application.
Students must confirm with their proposed practicum site whether they must acquire a Criminal Record Check and potentially also a Vulnerable Sector Check. Please ensure that you begin this process early so you will obtain all of the necessary documents prior to submitting your practicum application. Failure to submit this required documentation will delay the processing of your application and may affect whether you will be able to begin practicum on time.
CRC procedures vary, depending on geographical location, which can affect the length of time it takes to obtain a CRC, i.e. wait time can be much longer in a large, urban center than in a rural area. Students must be aware of the process for their area and plan accordingly. It is important that the CRC is obtained from a reputable site (such as a local police station).
Here are some common scenarios we have encountered, which you may find helpful:
Below you will find the Practicum Student Information form for New Practicum Students and the Change of Site or Supervisor form for Current Practicum Students.
As mentioned earlier on this page, and throughout this website, your application may require additional documents. Be mindful of the Deadlines specified earlier on this page.
It is recommended students start preparing their application early in the trimester prior to starting practicum, to ensure that you have an adequate amount of time to secure both a Site and a Supervisor for your Practicum. Please ensure when completing a new practicum application form or a change of site or supervisor application form that the name and spelling of the Site and Supervisor are correct. If there are inconsistencies, you may risk a delay in the review process.
Please note that the Yorkville Practicum Application procedure has now transitioned to a one-step process. All new practicum applications will require students to upload required documentation directly in Step 1. For Practicum change requests still requiring documentation that are not related to Health Authorities, please submit these to your practicum coordinator. directly. For Practicum change requests requiring documentation that are related to Health Authorities, please send the documentation to [email protected]
Please Note: Students are not to contact the Department of Field Training to inquire about the status of their application as this will slow down the approval process. For those of you applying to complete practicum in your current place of employment, please remember to read and follow the guidelines provided in the Practicum Guide for Students. As well, the Workplace Application Form is required to be completed for additional review by the Field Training department.
For students submitting an application related to a Health Authority: If the placement has not been assigned and/or the Health Authority is still determining placement, students can upload a statement explaining their status with the Health Authority in place of the confirmation email. This only applies to these specific cases.
The MACP program is aware of challenges that students may face in locating a practicum site and site supervisor, including students who live outside of Canada in being able to complete the practicum requirements. Therefore, the MACP Department of Field Training has created the following policy and viability checklist in order to help students who reside within and outside of Canada achieve a greater potential for success in completing their practicum experience.
The MACP Program encourages international students to solicit a formalized agreement from their prospective practicum site situated beyond the borders of Canada. This agreement should comprehensively delineate various aspects relating to how supervision will be carried out, provide clear information about any potential fees or costs, and provide additional details or explanations about any relevant aspects pertinent to the practicum placement.
The MACP student who desires to complete their Practicum outside of the location within which they reside, or student who resides outside of Canada, is required to provides written responses to a viability checklist questionnaire. The student’s responses will be reviewed by the MACP Associate Director of Field Training and determination will be made as to the viability of the proposed practicum placement.
If an MACP student, who is eligible for practicum, for whatever reason, must temporarily stop out from starting or continuing Practicum, they must complete the Practicum Placement Hold Request. The Practicum Placement Hold Request allows the MACP student to stop out one or more terms of the program, to a maximum of 12 consecutive months (up to 3 terms maximum), without reapplying for readmission.
Note: The Practicum Placement Hold Request form is valid for ONE TERM ONLY. Students must submit a new form for each subsequent term, up to 3 terms maximum, in which they are eligible for practicum and do not submit a Practicum Placement Application.