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Student Practice Education

Vancouver Coastal Health is a centre of excellence, providing a broad scope of specialized training and education, in collaboration with our academic partners - for students and practitioners from all healthcare disciplines. We welcome new student's energy, fresh outlook, and commitment to learning.

How do I request a placement at VCH?

If you are affiliated with a school or agency with a placing coordinator, then we ask that requests originate from that institution, rather than from individual students. Have your placing coordinator at your academic institution contact us my email at  Please do not contact a unit or staff member directly to inquire about placements opportunities; doing so will only delay the time it takes for your request to be processed.

A signed affiliation agreement between the school and Vancouver Coastal Health is required before a placement request can be confirmed. Please contact us to see if an affiliation agreement has been signed. 

Observational clinical experiences

There are a number of VCH locations that are open to having students come in for short periods of time to observe a clinical experience or program in addition to their primary placement. In general, we ask that these experiences be requested as part of the primary placement request. If you would like to arrange an additional observational experience and did not do so with the initial placement request, please have your school placing coordinator contact us by email at

Job shadowing & practicums

Vancouver Coastal Health does not offer any shadow or practicum placements on our own.  You must be currently enrolled in a post secondary institution with the school sponsoring and insuring the student.

Evaluate your learning experience

Faculty, students and staff preceptors are asked to complete an evaluation following each clinical placement. This information is shared with the placement area and helps us improve the quality of the educational experience. Please take the time to complete an evaluation form and return it by email to

Student practice student or faculty evaluation form

Student practice staff evaluation form

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