FAQs – Nursing Certificate Placements

Please note:

Hospital placement opportunities can take a significant amount of time to secure.  Students may not start their placement on the posted start date.

Students will be advised of placement clearance as soon as a placement agency has been approved.

Students may be required to travel outside of the Durham Region for available placement opportunities at their own expense.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Students register for Educational Support Field Placement courses in the same way they would do so for their theory courses.

Students must register and submit the required documentation by the deadline date posted on the Field Placement page.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR MY FIELD PLACEMENT?

The following are the documents required for each placement.  These forms are all found in the DC Connect Pre-Placement Paperwork module.

These forms are all found in the DC Connect Pre-Placement Paperwork module.

Completed application form
Entry Immunization Form
Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen
Standard First Aid & CPR Level C OR
BCLS (Registered RN/RPNs)
Fetal Health Surveillance Certificate (Perinatal Students Only)
Neonatal Resuscitation Provider Certificate (Perinatal Students Only)
Online Training Modules:
Worker Health & Safety Awareness in 4 Steps
WHMIS Training
AODA Training
Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention

All forms are available in the DC Connect module. NOTE: The Original Criminal Reference Check must be received by the School of Continuing Education (Office #A160) to verify its authenticity.  Please ensure this item is received ON or BEFORE the posted deadline date for the term in which you are registered. Please ensure you order more than one copy of the Criminal Reference Check, as the document will not be returned.  You must keep one copy for your records and/or to provide to your placement host.
Please note that you must provide a new, Original CRC for every placement.

HOW MANY HOURS MUST I COMPLETE FOR PLACEMENT?

Please view the Field Placement course description for the required hours for your program’s placement course(s) on the Continuing Education website:  www.durhamcollege.ca/coned

I WORK FULL TIME, HOW CAN I DO A PLACEMENT ALSO?

Students may find it necessary to make personal adjustments to work and/or family schedules in order to complete the field placement. Options to be considered are: leaves of absence, use of vacation time, extended work hours to free up hours for placement, etc. We recognize that such arrangements require a great deal of time and effort on the students’ (and their families’) part and applaud their commitment to the achievement of their goals.

HOW MANY HOURS CAN I DO PER WEEK?

Students are required to arrange a mutually suitable schedule with the host agency supervisor once cleared. When arranging their schedule, students must ensure they meet the required number of hours by the end date of the course.

AM I REQUIRED TO FIND MY OWN PLACEMENT?

Students wishing to complete their placement in a hospital setting are not permitted to contact hospitals to arrange their own placements.

Students wishing to complete their placement in long-term care facilities or an agency other than a hospital setting (e.g. Dementia Studies, Palliative Care, etc.) must contact their chosen agency to arrange their own placement and provide the information on the application form by the posted deadline date.


CAN I DO MY PLACEMENT IN ANOTHER PROVINCE?

Field Placements in this program must be completed within the Province of Ontario.

MAY I DO MY PLACEMENT WHERE I WORK?

Doing your placement where you work is a conflict of interest and is not permitted.

MAY I DO MY PLACEMENT WHERE A RELATIVE IS EMPLOYED?

Students are not permitted to complete a placement experience under the supervision of a family member. This would be considered a conflict of interest.

MY AGENCY HOST WANTS TO PAY ME, IS THIS ALLOWED?

Field placements are unpaid learning opportunities, and therefore, students are not permitted to accept payment for the field placement experience.

MAY I BEGIN MY PLACEMENT BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS?

Students must ensure that they have been officially cleared prior to beginning their hours at the host agency.
Clearance will not occur prior to the start date for the placement course.

Any hours completed prior to official clearance will not be counted and must be made up before the end of the course.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SECURE A PLACEMENT WITHIN A HOSPITAL SETTING?

Due to the limited availability of in-hospital placements, it can take a considerable amount of time to find available opportunities.  Students may not be placed by the start date for the course, and in some cases, could be waiting weeks or even months for a preceptored placement opportunity to become available.

Students may not be placed at the hospital of their choice due to these limitations, and will be placed at the first available location in Durham Region and the surrounding GTA.
If students have limitations as to where they are placed, this could greatly affect the time it takes to be cleared to begin their placement.

Students must ensure that they have been officially cleared prior to beginning their hours at the host agency.
Clearance will not occur prior to the start date for the placement course.

Any hours completed prior to official clearance will not be counted and must be made up before the end of the course.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I CAN BEGIN MY HOURS?

Each student will receive official clearance via email to their DCMAIL.ca account only advising them of placement details and official clearance date.

WHAT IS THE WITHDRAWAL POLICY FOR FIELD PLACEMENTS?

Students may withdraw/transfer during the first 13 days after the official start date.

If students have been given official clearance to begin placement, no refund or transfer will be accepted.