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Work-integrated Learning Placement Requirements

Requirements Before You Start Your Work Experience

To help prepare you for success in your chosen career, part of your experiences as a Red Deer Polytechnic student may involve work experiences that help give you a head start in your profession.

The information below outlines health and safety requirements and other requirements that RDP students must meet before beginning a placement.

Health Programs

Red Deer Polytechnic is committed to meeting standards of practice by ensuring that students attain and maintain required certifications and meet recommended immunization standards. 

The information below provides detailed information about the health and safety requirements for students who have received Official Admission to a Health program.

Please continue to monitor this webpage for updated information throughout the duration of time you study in your program. 

Note: Students, all the forms linked on this webpage are accessible by first logging in to your RDP account. 

  • Your login credentials: 
    • Your username is your RDP email address.
    • Your password is the same password you use to log in to TheLoop.
  • Once you log in, you will be automatically directed to the relevant form. You only need to log in once during a session to then be able to open all relevant forms. 
  • Submit all necessary documents to RDP by using the appropriate buttons located within the information posted about each of the programs listed below.

Health & Safety Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

First Year - Initial Requirements

Due First Month of Classes: 

Second Year - Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (Prior to start of second year): 

  • Fall Intake (September Start): May 1 - June 15
  • Winter Intake (January Start): September 1 - October 15

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions, as some of them will require additional time to complete:

Third Year - Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (Prior to start of third year): 

Fourth Year - Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (Prior to start of fourth year): 

Note: If you move to a different intake, your Submission Window will revert to the respective intake dates.

Health Care Aide (HCA) Certificate
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

Due/Submission Windows:
  • Fall Intake: September 1 - September 30
  • Winter Intake: January 1 - January 30
  • Spring Intake: May 1 - May 31 
1. Initial Requirements

Must be submitted before Health & Safety Requirements.

2. Health & Safety Requirements

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions as some of them will require additional time to complete: 

  • Immunizations (apply for this as soon as possible, no later than 60 days before submission window)
  • Vulnerable Sector Check (apply for this 30-45 days before submission window; do NOT obtain more than 90 days before your submission)
  • Respiratory Fit Test  (must be dated within the submission window)
Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) Certificate
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

Due/Submission Window

Winter Intake: January 1 - February 15

1. Initial Requirements

Must be submitted before Health & Safety Requirements.

2. Health & Safety Requirements

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions as some will require additional time to complete.

  • Immunizations (apply for this as soon as possible, no later than 60 days before submission window)
  • Criminal Record Check (apply for this 30-45 days before submission window; do NOT obtain more than 90 days before your submission)
Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) Certificate
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

Due/Submission Windows
  • Fall Intake (September Start): September 1 - October 15
  • Winter Intake (January Start): May 1 - June 15
1. Initial Requirements 

Must be submitted before Health & Safety Requirements.

2. Health & Safety Requirements 

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions as some of them will require additional time to complete.

  • Immunizations (apply for this as soon as possible, no later than 60 days prior to Submission Window)
  • Criminal Record Check (apply for this 30-45 days prior to Submission Window; do NOT obtain more than 90 days prior to your submission)
  • Respiratory Fit Test (must be dated within Submission Window, valid for two years)  
Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant (OPTA) Diploma
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

First Year - Initial Requirements

Due First Month of Classes: September 30

First Year - Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (In First Year): January 1 - February 15

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions as some will require additional time to complete.

Second Year - Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (In Second Year): September 1 - October 15 

Pharmacy Technician Diploma
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

First Year - Initial Requirements

Due First Month of Classes: September 30 

Second Year - Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (In Second Year): January 1 - February 15

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions as some will require additional time to complete.

  • Immunizations (apply for this as soon as possible, no later than 60 days before submission window)
  • Criminal Record Check (apply for this 30-45 days before submission window; do NOT obtain more than 90 days before your submission)
Practical Nurse (PN) Diploma
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

Attention to 3-Year Practical Nurse Diploma Students:
  • You will receive information regarding your initial requirements and your health & safety requirements submission window directly from the Practical Nurse program. Please do NOT obtain or submit any requirements until that time.
First Year - Initial Requirements

Due First Month of Classes:

First Year - Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (In First Year of Program):

  • Fall Intake (September Start): January 1 - February 15
  • Winter Intake (January Start): May 1 - June 15

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions as some will require additional time to complete.

Second Year - Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (In Second Year of Program):

Transition Program: Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PNTP)
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

Initial Requirements

Due (After Start of Program): January 31

Health & Safety Requirements

Due/Submission Window (Prior to Entering BScN 3rd Year): May 1 - June 15

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions as some will require additional time to complete.

Unit Clerk Extension Certificate
Non-academic Requirements
  • All requirements below are mandatory
  • Refer to the 'Initial Requirements' details regarding initial deadlines
  • Refer to the 'Due/Submission Window' details regarding deadlines for 'Health & Safety Requirements' before submitting any documents 
  • Click on the linked document to obtain detailed information on each requirement
    • Accepted formats for all documents: PDF, JPG or a screenshot

Failure to submit the required documents will affect your progression in your chosen program.

Submission Windows
  • Fall Intake: September 1 - September 30
  • Winter Intake: January 1 - January 3
  • Spring Intake: May 1 - May 31
Initial Requirements

Due: During the first two weeks of classes

Health & Safety Requirements

Please read the linked documents below for further instructions as some will require additional time to complete.

  • Immunizations (apply for this as soon as possible, no later than 60 days before submission window)
  • Criminal Record Check (apply for this 30-45 days before submission window; do NOT obtain more than 90 days before your submission)

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) students enrolled in Health programs are strongly encouraged to be immunized against COVID-19, as it can affect your ability to be guaranteed a practicum placement. 

Although Alberta Health Services (AHS) has removed the mandatory requirement for COVID-19 immunization, other clinical partners still require students to be fully immunized. RDP is obligated to ensure that students comply with each partner’s requirements.

In particular Health Care Aide (HCA), Practical Nursing (PN) and Bachelor of Science Nursing (BScN) practicum placements occur with various clinical partners who still require students to be fully immunized against COVID-19.

Without COVID-19 immunization, RDP cannot guarantee HCA, PN and BScN students a practicum placement. This will result in either a delay or inability to complete your program.

Questions About Requirements?

For questions about Initial Requirements, Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check and Certifications:

Call: 403.356.4891

Questions About Immunizations?

For questions about immunizations:

Call 403.342.3427

Our Health Programs

Interested in a career in the health sector? Learn more about RDP's diverse health programs. 

We're proud to provide hands-on learning opportunities while you attend RDP, so that you're well prepared for success in your chosen career. 

View All Health Programs