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Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a unique learning opportunity for students that integrates academic study with practical experience in the workplace. The University Health Network has a long-standing partnership with the Toronto District School Board and a certified Co-op Teacher is on-site during the school day. The on-site Co-op Teacher is responsible for communicating with schools, students and the hospital staff to arrange appropriate placements and assist students with the program procedures. (This program is not arranged by Volunteer Resources.)Benefits of Co-op
Students participating in the Co-op program have the opportunity to explore the varied careers within a hospital setting. They develop transferable skills and increasing awareness of workplace demands and needs in a busy healthcare environment. Students earn credits for their work experience related to the school curriculum.

Student schedules vary: half, full, consecutive or alternate days for one semester (4 months) or a full school year. Placement shifts are generally a minimum of three hours. Times are coordinated between the Teacher and Placement Supervisor.

Health and Safety
Safety instruction is the joint responsibility of the school, the placement and the student. Students must comply with all the safety standards at the workplace. A Co-op Student Orientation is mandatory for all students before beginning the co-op placement.

Insurance Coverage
A Workplace Education Agreement is completed and signed for each student. It outlines the placement duration, hours, location and WSIB coverage provided by the school board. Toronto District School Board maintains liability insurance coverage for Co-op students participating in programs authorized by the Board including University Health Network.

How to Apply for Co-op at University Health Network
Students must:

  • be 16 years of age or older to participate in the co-op program at UHN
  • apply to their school co-op program first
  • apply to the UHN co-op program through their Co-op Teacher
  • attend the UHN Co-op Student Orientation
  • complete the UHN Occupational Health requirements

It is recommended that students research the facilities at UHN and the various types of available placements before applying.

Assessment Monitoring and Evaluation
The supervisor can expect full support and assistance as the Teacher monitors the student throughout the placement period. The goal of Cooperative Education is to ensure the mutually beneficial partnership among the Training Supervisor, Teacher, and student.

For further information about Cooperative Education, please contact your school Guidance, or Cooperative Education department.

  • Volunteer Resources does not coordinate Clinical Learner Opportunities
  • Clinical Learner Opportunities can include: Research, Pharmacy, Medical Residents, Medical Imaging, Recreation Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and many more
  • Please review the Clinical Learner section on the UHN website

  • Volunteer Resources does not coordinate Observership Opportunities
  • Please review the Observership section on the UHN website

  • Volunteer Resources does not coordinate Research Learner or Volunteer Opportunities
  • Please review the UHN Research section on the UHN website

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