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Post Diploma Program Placement FAQs

There are two  mandatory nursing practice courses that you must complete while enrolled in the Post Diploma program: (C) NCL 700: Nursing Practice I and (C) NCL 800: Nursing Practice II. 

You must complete a Placement Information Record (PIR) for each Nursing Practice course by the deadline. The PIR allows you to indicate an area of interest for your placement, such as community health, gerontology, or public health, and provide other details, including your address and whether you have access to a vehicle.

A ‘nursing practice placement’ refers to the healthcare setting you attend to complete the mandatory nursing practice courses prior to graduation. Nursing practice placements can take place in any of the following areas: hospitals, community and public health settings, and/or long-term care agencies.

A work study placement enables students who are Registered Nurses (RNs) to complete a nursing practice course at their own workplace. You will be expected to apply the knowledge learned in the Post-Diploma Degree Completion Program to your work environment.

In order to complete a work study placement, you must provide the CPO placement coordinator with proof of approval from your manager and your employer’s student placement coordinator. Once you’ve provided proof of approval, you must complete the Work Study Placement Information Record.

Yes. If you are interested in precepting a third or fourth year student in your workplace, please speak to your manager and the student placement coordinator at your workplace for approval to become an assigned preceptor. Once you receive approval, complete and submit the Work Study Placement Information Record. A placement coordinator at Ryerson will confirm the student’s name once it has been assigned. You will need to provide this information to your workplace student placement coordinator.

If you are a registered nurse (RN), and have completed all prerequisite nursing courses and have an RN-level Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) Certificate, you may be eligible to challenge a credit towards C/NCL800. To proceed, contact the student affairs coordinator and provide a copy of your CNA certification.

The PIR form allows you to indicate your preferred areas of practice, such as community health, gerontology, or public health, and provide other details, including your address and whether you have access to a vehicle. The information you provide in your PIR will assist placement coordinators with assigning your nursing practice placement. You will receive your PIR form by email in the winter semester for the following year of the program. You can also find PIR forms on the Post-Diploma Degree Completion Program in Nursing: Forms page.  You must be logged into your Ryerson account when completing the form.

You will receive placement information via HSPNet, external link, opens in new window. We strive to confirm all placements, via HSPNet, within two weeks of your nursing practice course start date. Make sure to check HSPNet frequently for placement updates, it is your responsibility to do so.

If you have an extenuating circumstance and self-identify as requiring an accommodation for your clinical placement, you must get in touch with the Academic Accommodation Support Office and meet with a student accomodation facilitator. It is very important to initiate this process well in advance of your placement assignment. Placement coordinators require accommodation information to negotiate your placement with our partners and to ensure they are securing a placement that meets your needs, ensures your safety and aligns to course objectives.

Yes. Year 4 students enrolled in their final placement (NSE 418) can participate in international, out-of-province or rural placements. Please refer to International, Rural and Out-of-province Placements for more information.

All Post-Diploma Degree Completion Program in Nursing students are expected to use their Ryerson OneCard as their ID Badge while in placement. You can apply for a Ryerson OneCard online. OneCards are only issued in person at the OneCard office and cannot be mailed. Students must have a valid government issued photo ID. For more information please contact the OneCard office.

For Practice Placement Students Only

No, you cannot arrange your own placement. The CPO organizes all practice placements for the Post-Diploma Nursing Degree Completion Program in Nursing, and has pre-existing relationships and affiliation agreements with agencies and hospitals throughout Ontario. These are legally-binding agreements that are in place to ensure the safety and security of both parties involved. Agency partners will only host students in placements arranged by the CPO.

You will have the opportunity to complete a Placement Information Record (PIR) form. The PIR form allows you to indicate your preferred areas of practice, such as community health, gerontology, or public health, and provide other details, including your address and whether you have access to a vehicle.

The information you provide in your PIR will assist placement coordinators with assigning your nursing practice placement. The CPO collaborates with course leads and placement partners to ensure that you receive quality placements in various diverse settings to successfully meet course objectives and competencies. You will be assigned a preceptor. 

Nursing practice placement opportunities may involve working with diverse populations who experience barriers. Barriers may include, but are not limited to, literacy level, sexual orientation, culture geography, social factors, religious practices, education, economic circumstances, mental and physical abilities. The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University is supportive and inclusive of all people who experience barriers.

While you may have opportunities to be placed in specialty clinical areas such as critical care, intensive care, emergency, labour and delivery, or pediatrics, these placements are few in number and follow a competitive process set by the placement agency. It is important to note that the Post-Diploma Nursing Degree Completion Program in Nursing is a generalist program that ensures students will meet the entry- to- practice competencies prior to graduation. You can pursue specialization and certification in the clinical areas listed above after graduation at a community college.

No. Your placement site will assign you with a preceptor. All parties are responsible to disclose any potential conflict of interest.

Placement decisions and student assignments are based on some or all of the following factors: 

  • Curriculum requirements
  • Address information
  • Placement availability
  • Past practice experience
  • Placement agency interviews
  • Faculty consultations

It is important to ensure that you keep your address and contact information up to date in RAMSS and on HSPNet, external link, opens in new window.

Yes. If you have moved or no longer have access to a vehicle, please complete another PIR. Make sure to contact the placement coordinator for your year of study prior to submitting your updated PIR. This ensures that they are aware of the changes and can update their records.

No. Once you have been assigned a placement, you cannot switch your placement.  You are responsible for reporting any professional conflict of interest or special accommodations prior to beginning your placement. We assign placements in a fair and equitable manner.

Placement partners do not permit students to enter practice if they miss their placement site orientation. If you miss your placement site orientation, you jeopardize your placement as well as your progress in the program. The CPO is not obligated to assign a new placement for students who have missed their practice placement orientation.

Our placement coordinators make every effort to assign students to placements in their geographical area based on the address provided in their Placement Information Record (PIR) and HSPNet, external link, opens in new window. However,  this is not always possible. In some cases, you should expect to spend up to 90 minutes commuting to your placement. Make sure to plan your route and travel accordingly to ensure you arrive on time for your assigned shifts.