Alberta Health Services accepts applications from April 1 to February 15 each year. Practicum must be completed between April 1 and March 31 of the same year.
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 0-3 months
- $1800 for 3-6 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 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 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 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
- Arrange the practicum with your placement coordinator.
- Complete the application form (PDF, 280 KB).
- Scan and email it to [email protected]
AHS will let you know if your funding is approved (decisions are made on a quarterly basis).
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.
For more information about practicum placements, as well as general program information, connect with Alberta Health Services:
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