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Thank you for purchasing an NPAA membership.  Your partnership with the NPAA increases Alberta Nurse Practitioner’s collective voice in advocacy with public policy makers, key stakeholders, and government bodies.  If you are an NP student and are not yet an NPAA member, support your profession by purchasing an NPAA membership at

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Many NP students require NP practicum placements.   We encourage Alberta Nurse Practitioners to direct NP students to the official student placement page on the AHS website, as requested by Alberta Health Services.

AHS uses a student placement software tool called the Health Sciences Placement network (HSPnet) to coordinate, document and track placements.  HSPnet is the central database used by our Post-Secondary affiliates to request each placement.  We have identified and trained appropriate front-line contacts to receive NP student placement requests via HSPnet.

This means that all requests for NP student placements, including those for AHS staff, should be received at the front-lines via HSPnet.  The Student Placement team mitigates risk by legitimizing each request.

This enable Alberta Health Services to Ensure that:

·         the student is genuinely enrolled in a program of study by connecting with faculty

·         an AHS contract (Student Placement Agreement) exists to cover the placement

·         the NP student has a current CARNA licence

·         WCB coverage is in place

·         $5 million Canadian indemnity exists to cover the student during the placement

·         Police Information Check with Vulnerable sector search are clear

·         Immunization status is acceptable

·         Student orientation is completed

·         Network and Netcare access is established


Please visit to find placements within Alberta Health Services.  You may also email

Apply for Canada Student Loan forgiveness for family doctors and nurses – Overview

Government of Canada

Many rural and remote communities in Canada lack the primary health care they need. As of April 2013, the Government of Canada started offering Canada Student Loan forgiveness to eligible family doctors, residents in family medicine, nurse practitioners, and nurses who work in under-served rural or remote communities. This change will help more Canadians get the health care they deserve.

Loan forgiveness can only be applied to outstanding Canada Student Loan balances. Canada Student Loans that have been converted to a line of credit, private loan, or an Ontario Medical Resident Loan, are not eligible for loan forgiveness.

Canada Student Loan forgiveness applies only to the federal portion of a student loan. It does not apply to the provincial portion of a student loan.

To be eligible for Canada Student Loan forgiveness you must have:

  • started your current employment (full-time, part-time or casual) as an eligible medical professional (family doctor, resident in family medicine, nurse practitioner, or nurse) in an under-served rural or remote community on or after July 1, 2011;
  • been employed for a full year (12 consecutive months) in an under-served rural or remote community (this does not apply to residents in family medicine);
  • provided in-person services for a minimum of 400 hours in that community;
  • a Canada Student Loan that is in good standing; and
  • submitted an Application for Canada Student Loan Forgiveness for Family Doctors and Nurses.

If you practice as one of the medical professionals listed below, you could be eligible for Canada Student Loan forgiveness:

  • family doctor;
  • family medicine resident in training with an accredited medical school in Canada;
  • registered nurse;
  • registered psychiatric nurse;
  • registered practical nurse;
  • licensed practical nurse; or
  • nurse practitioner.