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What is it?

*NOTE: Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, Practicum and Practicum Seminar will only be offered ONCE a year in the Winter semesters*

The Practicum is the culmination of the coursework in the Health Services Management and Health Information Management programs, 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 (HSM 419/HIM 407) and the Practicum Seminar (HSM 418/HIM406).

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 (HSM 419 or HIM 407) is a pass/fail course. The grade is determined by the Faculty Supervisor after reviewing the student's log and considering the Preceptor's feedback.

The Practicum Seminar comprises three weekends in the fall or winter terms. During each seminar, students present the progression of their Practicum projects to the faculty and fellow classmates. The final weekend consists of formal presentations by each student that are open to the public and fellow students. Many students also invite their Preceptors and others from their Practicum site, as well as colleagues and family.

The Practicum Seminar (HSM 418 or HIM 406) is a graded course, 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.

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Practicum: What is it?

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Flexible Schedule

Students in the Health Services Management and Health Information Management programs have the option of taking courses online, in the evening or on weekends. They can also mix the various modes of study.