In order to be eligible to receive a co-op designation at the time of graduation, students in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) are required to successfully complete:
- A minimum of four work terms,
- A minimum of four professional development (PD) online courses, and
- A minimum of four work-term reports.
Students are given five work term opportunities in which to complete these requirements throughout the normal academic/work term sequence.
Information, from interviews to credit completion, is available through Co-operative Education.
Professional Development (PD) courses
PD courses are intended to enhance the student’s professional development and assist in integrating their academic and work-term experiences. Co-op students in AHS are required to successfully complete four PD courses. Each PD course is worth 0.5 unit and may not be substituted for regular academic course credit. With the exception of PD1, students are expected to take the courses while on their co-op work terms. The schedule for completing the PD courses is as follows:
- PD1: Co-op Fundamentals, must be completed before the first work term.
- PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace, must be completed during the first work term.
- Two additional PD courses of the student's choice should be completed during subsequent work terms.
PD course content will be made available via Waterloo LEARN.
PD1: Co-op Fundamentals will lead students through resources and activities to provide them with the tools to be competitive in their employment search and prepare them for a successful first work term.
Topics discussed in PD1 include:
- navigating WaterlooWorks (online job system)
- preparing résumés and cover letters
- searching for employment/applying for jobs
- developing interview skills
- ranking jobs
- being successful on the job
- work term evaluations
Co-operative Education and the Centre for Career Action also offer various resources and workshops to help prepare students for the job search and interview processes, as well as success strategies while on a work term.
Students must successfully complete a minimum of four work-term reports:
- The successful completion of PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace, will count for credit as the first work-term report. PD12 is normally completed by the end of the first work term.
- Work-term report 2 is normally completed by the end of the second work term.
- Work-term report 3 is normally completed by the end of the third work term.
- Work-term report 4 is normally completed by the end of the fourth work term.
With the exception of PD12, work-term reports must be submitted to the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences through Waterloo LEARN. Students must submit co-op work-term reports by no later than the sixth day of classes in the academic term following the co-op work term for which the work-term report was prepared. The reports are marked and returned in the 3rd month of the term.
PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace, helps students develop critical workplace skills and qualities such as self-awareness, initiative, and adaptability. The course also helps students reflect on their experiences, knowledge, and workplace skills. Ultimately, this course prepares students for successful co-op work-term report writing in AHS.
Students in AHS must follow the AHS Work Report Guidelines posted on Waterloo LEARN.
For eight month work terms, the first report will be due six days into the second term, and the second report will be due six days into the following academic term.
Any questions about work reports should be directed to the Student Success Officer.
Getting into or out of Co-op
Once studies are under way, students may decide that they would like to change their program of study from the co-op to the regular stream, or from the regular to the co-op stream.
Co-op to Regular stream
Students must complete a Plan Modification Form from the Registrar’s Office and submit it to their undergraduate academic advisor.
Regular to Co-op stream
Changing from the regular stream to co-op is more difficult as co-op spaces are limited to the number of work placements available. However, there are often several students who decide to leave the co-op program for various reasons during their first and second year, leaving space available for regular students to transfer into co-op.
Students need to apply for co-op no later than their 2A term to ensure they will have adequate time to meet the four work terms and four work reports required in co-op before graduation. Normally students need a minimum cumulative average of 80% to be considered for admission to co-op as competition is strong for the few available spaces each year.
Students must complete a Plan Modification Form from the Registrar’s Office and submit it to their undergraduate academic advisor. If admitted to co-op, students should meet with their academic advisor to review degree requirements and course sequence.