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Practicum

The Practicum is the culmination of the coursework in the Bachelor of Health Administration program and provides the opportunity to apply management theory and concepts in a working environment. It is the student’s final capstone project and consists of two courses: the Practicum (CHSM 419) and the Practicum Seminar (CHSM 418).

The Practicum involves a minimum of half a day per week or one full day every other week at the practicum site, a healthcare setting where the student will get on-the-job experience. Students are required to keep an attendance log of their hours. Students are assigned a Faculty Supervisor from the School of Health Services Management. On-site supervision is provided by the Preceptor, an experienced professional working at the site. Students are responsible for finding their own Practicum site and Preceptor, which must be approved by the Faculty Supervisor.

students in a classroom listening to instructor

The Practicum (CHSM 419) and Practicum Seminar (CHSM 418) are the last two courses that each student will complete in the BHA program before graduation.

Students must have completed all required core courses before being eligible for practicum. Students are encouraged to view their Advisement Report on RAMSS to ensure all coursework is completed prior to the Practicum workshop.

During the term prior to practicum: students may be completing a maximum of two (2) elective courses. In these cases, enrollment in the Practicum courses and eligibility to continue with Practicum will depend on receiving a passing grade in any final electives.

An invitation to attend a practicum workshop is sent out by the Department Administrator one to two (1-2) months in advance of the April or August Practicum Workshop. Once a student RSVPs for Practicum workshop, the School will perform an academic audit of their academic history to determine that they have completed all other required program courses.

Students cannot enroll themselves in the Practicum and Practicum Seminar courses on RAMSS as each course requires departmental consent. The Faculty Supervisor must approve the student’s practicum contract and project plan before the student is enrolled by the Department Administrator at the end of August or December. Students will be emailed when enrollment has been completed and tuition fees billed.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that there are no “Holds” on their student account that might impede registration for these final courses. Visit the Ryerson University Collection Services page to find out more.

  • Complete all required core courses
  • Attend a practicum workshop
  • The Dept. will enroll eligible students into practicum seminar and placement in January 
  • Ensure that there are no "Holds" in your student account

The Practicum Workshop is a half-day evening workshop held on the last Friday of April and August*

The Kick-Off workshop is held late April (for fall practicum students) and August (for winter practicum students) as a 3 hour evening in class workshop intended to help students understand the practicum process, what is expected of them and how they will benefit from the experience. The PDF filepracticum guidebook, opens in new window** forms the basis for the day’s discussion. The workshop is an opportunity for students to ask questions and to meet their fellow Practicum students face to face.

This workshop offers a good opportunity to prepare for the Practicum term. It is conducted in a relaxed, informative and social manner and is a great opportunity to meet fellow classmates. Students from out of province or a significant distance away from Toronto (e.g., Sault Ste. Marie) have the option to attend using distance learning technology. Students must indicate at the time of signing up for the workshop if they will be attending online.

All students must attend a Practicum workshop as the first step for their Practicum term.

Each student will need a notepad and pen or laptop for note-taking. All students will be provided with the Practicum Guidebook and Timeline/Task List for the upcoming Practicum semester.

The Proposal Workshop is held late July (for fall practicum students) and November (for winter practicum students) and is also a 3 hour evening in class workshop. Its purpose is to provide students with guidelines on how to prepare the first major Practicum assignment, the Proposal, due in September or January.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand and review the practicum process
  • Ask questions
  • Prepare for practicum term
  • Meet fellow classmates

 

*Date of workshop subject to change at discretion of Department

** Practicum Guidebook is for reference only for prospective students and may not be the latest version. Current Practicum students should refer to the latest version which is available on their D2L shell

The Practicum (CHSM 419) is a pass/fail course

The Practicum involves a pre-arranged number of hours per week at the Practicum site, a healthcare setting where the student will get on-the-job experience. Students are assigned a Faculty Supervisor from the School of Health Services Management. On-site supervision is provided by the Preceptor, an experienced professional working at the site. Students must complete one half day per week or one full day every other week at the site. They are required to keep an attendance log of their hours. Students are also responsible for finding their own Practicum site and Preceptor, which must be approved by the Faculty Supervisor.

The Practicum is a pass/fail course over the Fall term. The grade is determined by the Faculty Supervisor after reviewing the student's log and considering the Preceptor's feedback.

Choosing a site:

  • Due to conflict of interest concerns, legal requirements and other potential problems, students are not permitted to do their Practicum in their own workplace.
  • The site must be willing to work in partnership with Ryerson University and the School of Health Services Management specifically. This involves both parties (site and University) signing an affiliation agreement. It is usually best for the student to work on a project that the Preceptor and their organization is interested in pursuing.
  • The site must be a health care (or related) organization.
  • The site must be in Ontario (exceptions can be made for out of province students).

Choosing a preceptor:

  • The Preceptor must have the appropriate role in the organization to help with entry into the organization and facilitation of the project.
  • Preceptors must not be a Ryerson student, regardless of the job role. However, the Preceptor MAY be a graduate of the Ryerson program.
  • The Preceptor must be willing to be a mentor and to be able to facilitate the project on site.
  • Project must be approved by preceptor and related to the area of supervision/practice of the preceptor.
  • The PDF filePreceptor handbook, opens in new window outlines in detail the role of the Preceptor as an essential part of an individualized teaching-learning method. 

The practicum seminar (CHSM 418)

The Practicum Seminar (HSM 418 or HIM 406) is a graded course over the fall or winter term, and includes the following deliverables: the rationale for the practicum, the practicum contract and project plan, the practicum proposal, the final seminar presentation, and final report.

The Practicum Seminar involves three collegial in class gatherings throughout the term. Students all work full-time in healthcare, and thus, they are able to share a wealth of experience and knowledge in various aspects of healthcare with their classmates. The Practicum Seminar is a positive learning environment; ideas are shared by all people in the room, students and instructors alike. 

3 weekends

during fall or winter term

20-30 minutes

average presentation

20 minutes

of discussion

Weekend 1
When For fall term: mid-September        For winter term: mid-January
Who Students enrolled in the Practicum, faculty advisors and the Practicum director. This session is not open to the public.
What Provides each student with the opportunity to present his/her project to classmates, including a project outline and the proposed research methodology. Fellow classmates provide written evaluations on each presentation.
Length Each presentation is about 20 minutes long, with an additional 20 minutes of discussion and questions. The seminar lasts one workday but may be extended to two days depending on class size.
Weekend 2
When For fall term: early to mid October  For winter term: mid February to early March
Who Students enrolled in the Practicum, faculty advisors and the Practicum director. This session is not open to the public.
What At this point, students are usually collecting and analyzing data, and starting to organize the final report. During Seminar #2, students are assigned to groups of 3 to 4 students. Each project is the focus of one round and discussed in-depth by group members to provide constructive feedback and help students move their project forward.
Length Each round lasts about 40 minutes. The seminar lasts one work day.
Weekend 3
When For fall term: early December      For winter term: early April
Who Students enrolled in the Practicum, faculty advisors and the director. The on-site supervisor is often on hand to assist with further questions and recommendations. This session is open to all students and the general public, and most students invite their on-site supervisors and colleagues who have helped them with their projects.
What The final weekend consists of formal presentations by each student. They present their findings and the recommendations based upon their research. There are no evaluations by fellow students
Length Each presentation lasts about 30 minutes, followed by around 20 minutes of discussion.

Students from out of province or outside the GTA have the option to attend workshops using distance learning technology. Students from out of province can also attend seminar #1 and #2 at a distance but all Ontario students are expected to attend in person. All students are expected to attend seminar #3 in person for their final presentation. Students should inform the Department Administrator if they will be attending online, rather than in person.