Health Care Practicum Funding Program

Health care practicum opportunities in the northern zone of Alberta Health Services.

Important dates

Applications for the Northern Alberta Development Healthcare Practicum Fund, if your practicum ends between:

  • April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025, need to be submitted before February 15, 2025.
  • April 1, 2025 to March 31, 2026, need to be submitted before February 15, 2026.
  • April 1, 2026 to March 31, 2027, need to be submitted before February 15, 2027.


Within the northern zone, there are designated locations and practicum positions that can be funded. This funding can help you with the costs of travel to and from a community, commuting between 2 northern communities and with accommodation costs when you are here. 

Note: Only practicum placements in healthcare centres and programs listed are eligible. A list of specific locations and positions is attached to the application form.


Funding approval is not automatic. Funds are limited and applications may be prioritized based on regional demand.

Funding is available up to these maximum amounts based on the duration of your practicum:

  • $1200 for 0 to 3 months
  • $1800 for 3 to 6 months
  • $2500 for 6+ months

All claimed costs must be accompanied by receipts and are subject to final review and approval by the placement coordinator.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation claims are based on a daily rate of $20 ($25 for your second northern practicum) if you need to keep your other residence. 

    For example, an 8-week practicum is 56 days: 

    • 56 days x $20 a day = $1120 

    This can be claimed with receipts for secondary accommodation and proof of payment for a primary dwelling.

  • Travel

    Travel in Alberta is subject to mileage reimbursement from the location of school to your practicum site at 50.5 cents per kilometre.

    For example, Edmonton to Manning: 

    • 600 km x 2 (return) = 1200 km
    • 1200 km x 50.5 cents = $606
  • Daily commuting

    Daily commuting mileage is reimbursed for students originating in northern centres to your practicum site at 50.5 cents per kilometre. 

    For example, study in Grande Prairie with a daily commute to Fairview: 

    • 110 km x 2 (return) = 220 km
    • 220 km x 50.5 cents = $111.10
    • $111.10 x 12 days = $1333.20

    Airfare may be claimed by out of province students only.

How to apply

  1. Arrange the practicum with your placement coordinator.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Notify your placement coordinator to monitor their emails. They need to approve the Jotform that is sent to their email in order for your application form to be automatically sent to Alberta Health Services for review. You will be notified by email from Alberta Health Services if your funding has been approved.

If approved, you receive the funding at the end of your practicum placement with proof of receipts and upon approval of the placement coordinator.

You will be asked to complete an evaluation at the end of your practicum as part of program evaluation.


Connect with Alberta Health Services for more information about practicum placements, as well as general program information:

Email: [email protected]
Website: Alberta Health Services