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5 of the 6 Health Authorities estimate that together they provide 29,000 student placements per year and that number is expected to increase.

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Practice Education Committee (PEC)

The Practice Education Committee (PEC) works towards coordinating a systematic approach to student practice education, facilitating the development and implementation of strategies to:

  • Expand BC’s capacity for practice education placements
  • Improve planning and decision making
  • Focus on quality
  • Strengthen management
  • Leverage technology

PEC Committee

BC Preceptor Development and Support

Preceptoring is time intensive and requires clinical teaching skills that not all health care professionals possess. To ensure quality practice experiences for students it is essential that we are aware of the importance of the preceptor/mentor role; that preceptors are provided with the appropriate training to develop the necessary competencies; and that this education is followed up with continued support and recognition. Training, support and recognition are all factors that are key in the success of the preceptor role.

BC Preceptors

The Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPnet)

HSPnet is a comprehensive, web-enabled practice education management system that supports health human workforce development by managing and coordinating practice education activities. HSPnet’s integrated functions help to support placement coordination, preceptor development, capacity management, student orientation and more.

HSPnet Management Committee


Nurse Practitioner Placement (NPP)

Support the established Nurse Practitioner Programs in BC (UBC, UVic, UNBC) by supplementing their student placement efforts and lending some cohesion and insight to the enormity of contacts that have to be made. The goal certainly is to attain more placements in order to meet the high academic and professional standards, but also participate with the schools and placement contacts as a neutral setting within the BCAHC. This is done through:

  • Information outreach and relationship building with Doctor's offices, corporate clinical settings and health authority contacts
  • Development of a contact list that documents health care settings according to a variety of criteria that allows sustained use and coordinated search details as to location, specialty or openness to follow up etc.
  • Liaisons with university school coordinators on a regular basis as a means of  projecting for shared placement need over the school terms

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