Practice Requirement Record (PRR) FAQS
The Practice Requirement Record or PRR, as it is sometimes referred to, is a document that students must complete prior to attending a practice placement.
This document verifies that students meet medical (immunizations) and non-medical (mask fit/CPR/vulnerable sector screen) requirements laid out by the legislation and placement setting. This process is necessary to ensure that our students protect their health and safety, and the health and safety of patients/clients/residents, visitors, employees and other students.
Failure to complete these requirements can exclude students from clinical practice, which can jeopardize student academic standing.
The PRR forms can be downloaded from the Forms Page and must be submitted prior to the designated deadline date.
It can take some time to gather and complete all requirements. You should start this process two to three months prior to the noted due date. Medical requirements require students to arrange a visit with their healthcare provider during the summer. This ensures timely completion of the PRR. Similarly, the non-medical requirements are subject to class or appointment availability.
It is important to upload your completed document package into HSPNet, external link, opens in new window prior to the noted deadline. If a document is missing (i.e. your vulnerable sector screen has not arrived) please upload what you have completed and email the CPO with the status of your pending documents.
The PRR consists of two sections: medical requirements and non-medical requirements. The medical requirements (immunization and annual tuberculosis screening information) must be completed and signed by either a physician or your primary care practitioner (such as a nurse practitioner).
While completing your first PRR, you may need a minimum of two appointments to ensure your immunization requirements are met. However, the number of appointments you need may vary depending on your personal situation. Please note: You will need a yearly appointment for your TB testing and/or flu vaccine while attending nursing practice placements.
Explain that the Practice Requirement Record is a mandatory requirement for students in the nursing program prior to attending placement. Healthcare providers must include their signature and immunization dates in the designated areas of the form. Make sure to bring the following documents to your appointment:
- Practice Requirement Record (PRR)
- Provincial health card or other health insurance document
- Proof of immunization (yellow immunization card) and/or municipal or regional health unit forms outlining immunization history
- Money, if necessary (some providers may charge for completing forms. These costs vary by provider)
An indeterminate result means that the level of antibody detected is considered borderline reactive or equivocal (neither positive nor negative). You will receive a booster for the specific antibody and be required to follow-up with another titre test. Should the result continue to be indeterminate please inform the Central Placement Office.
If your postal code starts with the letter ‘M’, obtain your VSS from the Toronto Police Service by following the steps outlined in the PDF fileToronto Police Check Instruction Sheet.
If you live in another jurisdiction, and your postal code does not start with the letter ‘M’, email email@example.com with your full legal name, Ryerson number, program of study and your postal code. Include “Letter of Request to obtain a VSS” in the subject line of your email. Guidelines and costs vary by regional jurisdictions.
Turnaround time for the VSS can take four to twelve weeks. Request your VSS based on the timeline in the table below.
|Placement Semester||Date to Request VSS|
|Fall 2021||July 5, 2021 - July 23, 2021|
|Winter 2022||October 1, 2021 - November 14, 2021|
|Spring/Summer 2022||February 7, 2022 - March 7, 2022|
Placement agencies require that a VSS be issued within six months of the start of your placement and be valid for the full duration of your placement. You must request a separate VSS for the fall, winter and spring/summer semesters.
International students can apply for a local VSS based on where they are living while at school. Proof of residency may be required; this can include showing your lease agreement or a utility bill with your name and address on it. A police check from your home country will not be accepted.
Out-of-province students can apply for a Vulnerable Sector Screen in their home city or town or from the local municipality that they are living in while at school.
Proof of mask fit testing for N95 respirators is a mandatory requirement for clinical placement. This testing occurs every two years. In the Collaborative Nursing Degree Program, you will obtain mask fit testing in Year 1 and Year 3. In the Post-Diploma Degree Completion Program in Nursing, you will obtain mask fit testing for NCL 700 and CNCL 700.
Ryerson does not offer mask fit testing on campus. It is your responsibility to arrange your own mask fit testing. There are several agencies across the GTA that offer mask fit testing for a fee, including:
- Peak Excellence Centre for Continuing Education Inc, external link, opens in new window
- Paramed, external link, opens in new window
- PDF fileUnity Health Toronto- St. Michael’s Hospital, external link
At the end of your test, you will be provided with a mask fit test card. You will be required to show your mask fit test card annually for practicum clearance, as well as to your placement agency.
Yes. If you are an international student, you must obtain a free Co-op Work Permit prior to the first day of your placement in Year 1. The Co-op Work Permit must be issued for the same length as your study permit. The application process for a co-op work permit can take at least four months and is free of charge. Please contact the Ryerson International Student Support Office for more information.
Once you have submitted your documents electronically, make sure to keep your documents in a safe place. Your placement agency may request to review them prior to your placement start date. These documents will also be required for your employment once you graduate from the program.
If you are a Collaborative Nursing Degree Program student coming from either Centennial or George Brown College college, make sure to upload your complete PRR package from Year 1 and Year 2 to HSPNet, external link, opens in new window following these PDF fileinstructions.
No. As per the Ryerson University Policy 157, you are required to activate and maintain a Ryerson Online Identity and a Ryerson email address. You must use your Ryerson email address when corresponding with faculty and staff at Ryerson.