Field placement programs

Please note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from their placement and must be willing to travel outside of Durham Region.


911 Emergency and Call Centre Communications

During the fourth semester of 911 Emergency and Call Centre Communications, students will complete a placement in a work setting for a minimum of 120 hours (weeks 12 through 15 of Semester 4). This will support the application and consolidation of theory and skills.

Eligibility and placement information

Students must successfully complete all first, second and third semester courses, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of the third semester and be able to pass security clearances (e.g. criminal record check, credit check) that may be required by host agencies in order to be eligible to participate in placement.

Students are required to source their own placement to simulate the job search process. Support and assistance is provided in the Call Centre Career Strategies course taken in semester 3 at which time cover letter, resume writing and interview skills are developed.

Transportation, meal costs and any other incidentals are the responsibility of the student.

Final approval of placement is the responsibility of the field placement coordinator. The field placement coordinator is also responsible for being available to the student throughout his/her placement experience to address any questions or concerns.

Previous participants have benefited from placements with the Durham Regional Police Service, Port Hope Police Service, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services, Oshawa Fire Services, CAA, and Service Oshawa, to name but a few.

For more information please refer to the 911 Emergency and Call Centre Communications program guide.

Contact

For more information contact Annette Patrick, field placement co-ordinator.


Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations (graduate certificate)

The field placement element is an important component of the Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations graduate certificate program. Students are required to complete 144 hours of field placement in each semester for a total of 288 hours.  Field placement provides students with direct supervised experience in the field while they are still engaged in academic studies.

Eligibility and Placement Information

To qualify for the field placement component:

  • Students must have current Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer CPR (Level C) and first aid certificate
  • Entry Immunization form completed by health-care provider and approved by Durham College Health Centre
  • Students must be able to provide a current criminal background check including vulnerable sector screening prior to attending placement
  • Students with an outstanding criminal record will be responsible for securing their own field placement position in accordance with the field placement coordinator.

You will work with the Field Placement Coordinator to secure your field placement position.  Before confirming placement, please check with your Field Placement Coordinator to ensure it meets the requirements for field placement and that you have the necessary paperwork before commencing.

For more information please refer to the Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations program guide.

Contact

For more information contact Trevor Greenall, field placement co-ordinator, or Michelle Theophille Kennedy.


Court Support Services

Durham College’s Court Support Services one-year certificate program was the first program in Ontario to focus on job employment within the court services sector and court-related positions within the justice sector.

By the time you graduate you will have completed several hours of observation in the field including attending court proceedings at criminal, civil, youth, family and provincial offences courts; private court reporting agencies; and various offices within the justice system.

Eligibility and Placement Information

How long is the field observation and when do I complete it?
In the first semester of the program, you will complete five hours of observation per week with a group of your peers. In the second semester, you will choose a position to shadow one day per week for ten weeks with several positions to choose from. This will give you an excellent opportunity to see firsthand what working in a court or legal environment is really like.

Where can I find a field observation opportunity?
Field observation opportunities are available in Toronto and throughout Durham Region. You can also travel to find a one-on-one experience within tri-county and eastern Ontario or even in your hometown. This is encouraged and supported by the college as long as it is within Ontario.

You will also observe how the honour and formality of the courtroom is respected and the importance of maintaining and enforcing decorum in the courtroom by all court support staff is enhanced in the classroom and the field. Host locations include:

  • Court reporting agency
  • Family responsibility office
  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Police Services records department
  • Probation office
  • Provincial Offences court
  • Superior Court of Justice
  • Victim Witness Assistance office

Do I have to go on an interview?
Some field observation hosts do not require an interview while others do. You are encouraged, and should be prepared, to attend an interview if the host requires it.

What is the dress code for field observation?
When you are on your field observation, you will be representing yourself, your profession and Durham College. You are expected to dress in professional office attire and must look neat, professional and presentable at all times while observing in court and during your one-on-one shadowing experience. You are encouraged to wear black and white business attire in the courtroom and may be asked to wear a court gown and/or white collar. Some field observation hosts also require you to have a current criminal record check to be completed by your local police service at your own expense.

For more information please refer to the Court Support Services program guide.

Contact

For more information contact Debbie Miller, field observation co-ordinator.


Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician

The field placement element is an important component of the Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician program. Students are required to complete 100 hours of field placement in the fourth semester.  Field placement provides students with direct supervised experience in the field while they are still engaged in academic studies.

Eligibility and Placement Information

To qualify for the field placement component:

  • Students must be able to provide a current criminal background check including vulnerable sector screening prior to attending placement
  • Students with an outstanding criminal record will be responsible for securing their own field placement position in accordance with the field placement coordinator.

You will work with the Field Placement Coordinator to secure your field placement position.  Before confirming placement, please check with your Field Placement Coordinator to ensure it meets the requirements for field placement and that you have the necessary paperwork before commencing.

For more information please refer to the Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician program guide.

Contact

For more information contact Michelle Theophille Kennedy, field placement co-ordinator.


Law Clerk Advanced

Field placement is a key component of the Law Clerk Advanced program. Students participate in 70 hours of field placement at the end of the term (April) of the fourth semester of the program.

In the third year of studies, Law Clerk Advanced students participate in field placement in a work setting for 280 hours (approximately 40 days). Students commence their field placements in Semester 5 and have until the end of Semester 6 to complete it.

Eligibility and Placement Information

Students are strongly encouraged to secure their own field placement to simulate the job search process. Support and assistance is provided in the form of resume and cover letter preparation, and in the development of interview skills. A dedicated field placement co-ordinator is available to assist students who have made a serious effort to secure a placement, but who have been unable to find one on their own.

For more information please refer to the Law Clerk Advanced program guide.

Contact

For more information contact Trevor Greenall, field observation co-ordinator.


Law Clerk Advanced (fast-track)

Field placement is a key component of the Law Clerk Advanced- Fast Track program. Students participate in 140 hours of field placement during the last semester of the program.

Eligibility and Placement Information

Students are to secure their own field placement to simulate the job search process. Support and assistance is provided in the form of resume and cover letter preparation, and in the development of interview skills. A dedicated field placement co-ordinator is available to assist students who have made a serious effort to secure a placement, but who have been unable to find one on their own.

For more information please refer to the Law Clerk Advances fast-track program guide.

Contact

For more information contact Trevor Greenall, field observation co-ordinator.


Office Administration – Legal

Office Administration – Legal students complete 170 hours of field placement in their last semester.  Placement in a legal office environment will provide students with practical, hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom.

Eligibility and Placement Information

For more information please refer to the Office Administration – Legal program guide.

Contact

For more information contact Peggy Hinan, field observation co-ordinator.


Paralegal

Durham College offers two Paralegal programs, Paralegal, a two-year diploma program and Paralegal (graduate certificate) program, a one-year program. One of the students’ favorite components of the Paralegal programs is field placement.  Field placement/practicum is also a requirement of the Law Society of Ontario in order for students to qualify to write the Law Society licensing exam after graduation.

Eligibility and Placement Information

Paralegal (2 year diploma) students participate in field placement on Mondays and Tuesdays of one semester in their second year of study.  Students will pick the semester they want to complete their field placement/practicum when registering for courses after successful completion of year one. Students are required to complete 120 hours of field placement.

Paralegal (graduate certificate) students participate in field placement at the end of their final semester for approximately three weeks, Monday to Friday, to complete 120 hours of field placement.

The Paralegal field placement component is approved by the Public Service Commission of Canada, which greatly assists interested graduates in obtaining federal government positions.

An integral part of the program is the successful completion of a field placement in a legal environment under the supervision of a licensed lawyer or paralegal.  Applicants should be aware that some field placement hosts require a current and clear criminal record check when accepting a student or hiring.

In addition, the Law Society of Ontario has a good character component when considering applications to write the Licensing examination. Students should refer to the Law Society’s website for more information.

For more information please refer to the Paralegal program guide.

Contact

For more information about Law Society applications and processes please contact Mark Frayne.

For more information about field placement please contact Trevor Greenall, field observation co-ordinator.


Paramedic

In the two-year Paramedic program, the last two semesters will have a field placement/practicum component.  During the third semester, this course provides you with a continuum of learning experiences in a real-life setting. You will participate in clinical rotations and in a preceptorship on the ambulance as a third person. These rotations are designed to allow you to progress towards and validate competency while allowing them to take on graduated responsibilities for patient care. The course takes a modular approach to competency validation.  The student is evaluated throughout the process by the clinical coordinators and the respective paramedic preceptor in association with the Paramedic Association of Canada’s (PAC) definition of competency.

Eligibility and Placement Information

During the fourth semester, this course represents the continuation and completion of the practicum experience obtained in Paramedic Practicum I. Students will have to opportunity to complete any clinical rotations that were missed due to scheduling and/or resource conflicts in semester three.  The paramedic preceptored field placement will take up the majority of time spent in practicum. Students will have the opportunity to complete the competency requirements as outlined in modules two and three of the field placement experience.  Students will continue to be evaluated throughout the process by the clinical coordinators and the respective paramedic preceptor in association with the Paramedic Association of Canada’s (PAC) definition of competency.

For more information please refer to the Paramedic program guide.

Contact

For more information contact Ralph Hofmann, field observation co-ordinator.


Paramedic – Advanced Care (Hybrid Delivery Graduate Certificate)

PADV Practicum 1 in the first semester represents the first in a continuum of practicum courses for the Paramedic – Advanced Care program. The practicum course facilitates the application of concepts taught in the program through skills and simulated scenario-based practice.  Students will acquire problem solving and clinical decision making skill through the acceptance of a series of graded responsibilities progressing towards competency.  The opportunity to practice in a simulated setting allows the learner to practice skills and decision making in a safe controlled laboratory setting.  Evaluation is competency based and requires the completion of a skills and scenario portfolio.

PADV Practicum 2 represents the second of three in a continuum practicum courses. Students will be assigned to Advanced Care Paramedic preceptors in a “third person” model that will allow them to practice and make and implement decisions under direct supervision.  Problem solving and clinical decision making skill will be acquired through the acceptance of a series of graded responsibilities progressing towards competency.  The specific competencies and sub-competencies attached to practicum are divided into modules to allow the student to progress in manageable steps towards entry-to-practice competency as an Advanced Care paramedic.  Evaluation of competency is conducted in association with the Paramedic Association of Canada‘s (PAC) definition of competency.

PADV Practicum 3 represents the last of three in a continuum practicum courses. Students will be assigned to Advanced Care Paramedic preceptors in a “third person” model that will allow them to practice and make and implement decisions under direct supervision.  Problem solving and clinical decision making skill will be acquired through the acceptance of a series of graded responsibilities progressing towards competency.  The specific competencies and sub-competencies attached to practicum are divided into modules to allow the student to progress in manageable steps towards entry-to-practice competency as an Advanced Care paramedic.  Evaluation of competency is conducted in association with the Paramedic Association of Canada‘s (PAC) definition of competency.

Eligibility and Placement Information

  • Students must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have successfully completed all subjects in the first semester
  • Students must have current Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer CPR (Level C) and first aid certificate
  • Entry Immunization form completed by health-care provider and approved by Durham College Health Centre
  • Students must be able to provide a current and clear criminal background check including vulnerable sector screening prior to attending placement

This program also demands a high degree of physical fitness, flexibility and lifting strength. In order to participate in field placement, you must be able to:

  • Transfer patients weighing up to 95 kg (210 lbs)
  • Do two person lifts
  • Manage the weight of any necessary equipment

For more information please refer to the Paramedic Advanced Care program guide.

Contact

For more information, please contact Ralph Hofmann, field observation co-ordinator.


Victimology (graduate certificate)

The field placement element is an important component of the second semester of the Victimology graduate certificate program. The Victimology students complete 112 hours of field placement.  Field placements provide students with direct supervised experience in the field while they are still engaged in academic studies.

Eligibility and Placement Information

To qualify for the field placement component:

  • Students must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have successfully completed all subjects in the first semester
  • Students must have current Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer CPR (Level C) and first aid certificate
  • Entry Immunization form completed by health-care provider and approved by Durham College Health Centre
  • Students must be able to provide a current criminal background check including vulnerable sector screening prior to attending placement
  • Students with an outstanding criminal record will be responsible for securing their own field placement position in accordance with the field placement coordinator

You will work with the Field Placement Coordinator to secure your field placement position.  Before confirming placement, please check with your Field Placement Coordinator to ensure it meets the requirements for field placement and that you have the necessary paperwork before commencing.

For more information please refer to the Victimology program guide.

Contact

For more information about field placement please contact Michelle Theophille Kennedy, field observation co-ordinator.


Youth Corrections and Interventions (graduate certificate)

The field placement element is an important component of the second semester of the Youth Corrections and Intervention graduate certificate program. The Youth Corrections and Intervention students complete 186 hours of field placement.  Field placements provide students with direct supervised experience in the field while they are still engaged in academic studies.

Eligibility and Placement Information

  • Students must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have successfully completed all subjects in the first semester
  • Students must have current Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer CPR (Level C) and first aid certificate
  • Entry Immunization form completed by health-care provider and approved by Durham College Health Centre
  • Students must be able to provide a current criminal background check including vulnerable sector screening prior to attending placement
  • Students with an outstanding criminal record will be responsible for securing their own field placement position in accordance with the field placement coordinator

You will work with the Field Placement Coordinator to secure your field placement position.  Before confirming placement, please check with your Field Placement Coordinator to ensure it meets the requirements for field placement and that you have the necessary paperwork before commencing.