Clinical Placement Policy

Clinical Placement Policy
Creation DateSeptember 1, 2010
Approval DateJune 28, 2018
Effective DateSeptember 4, 2018

Organizational Scope

The Policy applies to students assigned clinical placements by The Michener Institute of Education at UHN (“Michener”) as required.



The clinical placement policy outlines:

  1. the students’ pre-clinical and clinical responsibilities;
  2. Michener’s commitments for establishing and assigning student clinical placements to meet the educational requirements of the programs.



Michener’s student health and other pre-clinical requirements must be completed and uploaded to the designated portal no later than the published deadline date.

Failure to adhere to published deadline dates/requirements will result in Academic Standing Penalty which may impact the student’s ability to progress in the program. Each clinical site has its own set of rules and regulations relating to staff responsibilities and functions. Students are required to become familiar with and adhere to these regulations in addition to Michener Policy and Procedures.

Clinical placement sites are chosen to best meet the competency requirements for each program.

Students have agreed at the point of application and/or supplemental application and upon acceptance into their respective programs to to attend any placement site that is assigned to them knowing that sites may be located anywhere in Ontario and for some programs across Canada.

It is a professional expectation that students must declare any potential conflict of interest that may exist for them at any clinical site. A conflict of interest is defined as, but not limited to, a family member or close friend of the student who has the potential of supervising and/or evaluating that student or who may have influence on the student’s placement or progression in the clinical phase of the program.


To ensure the clinical education requirements are met for each program, the Office for Clinical Education will confirm sufficient clinical placements to accommodate the number of students in each program.   Clinical site availability is reviewed annually and is subject to change based on the number of students requiring placements and individual clinical site circumstances.

Students will not be placed at a clinical site where a confirmed conflict of interest exists or cannot be resolved.

Barring any exceptional circumstance or force majeure, the Office for Clinical Education aims to notify students of the location of their clinical placement three months prior to the start of their placements.

The Clinical Placement Procedure provides more information on the assignment of clinical placements.

Associated Documentation

Clinical Placement Procedure

Academic Standing Policy

Revision History

Date Reviewer Change(s) Made
September 1, 2010 Don Bartlett & Sydney Redpath Document created/adapted from existing policy withing MRS programs
May 1, 2012 Suzanne Allaire & Don Bartlett Further clarify purpose and align policy with purpose
June 3, 2014 Don Bartlett Add reprecussions for not adhering to deadlines
April 14, 2015 Don Bartlett Add conflict of interest
March 23, 2016 Don Bartlett Add Academic Standing Policy to associated documentation Wording changes for clarity in paragraphs 1 and 2 (designated portal and deadline dates).
June 28, 2018 Don Bartlett Added clarity around students agreeing to be placed at any clinical site