Job Shadowing Program Overview

The job shadowing program at the medical center provides current or prospective health-care students a chance to observe health-care employees in a workplace setting. The goal is to help individuals learn about health career options, as well as the education and skills required for different occupations in the health-care field. The job shadowing experience is designed to be a one-time observation only experience, lasting two to four hours. The job shadowing experience does not fulfill any clinical or internship requirements; nor does it provide any hands- on experience. Job shadowing is for individual participants only, and is not available for groups of students. Job shadowing is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Job shadowing participants are not paid for their time.

In addition to completing the on-line form below, which is used for placing you in a department for your job shadow experience, you must download and complete the paper Job Shadow application form. It has important additional information that we need (e.g. an Emergency Contact, a Personal reference, etc.) as well as having you attest that you’ve received the required immunizations listed on the website.  Also note, if you are under 19 years of age, you will need a parent or guardian to sign the application.  On your day of shadow you will need to bring the completed, signed application with you to give to us.

Download your job shadow application

Apply for the job shadow program


Job Shadowing program goals

  • Observe the daily routines of health-care workers
  • Help students begin to identify career interests in healthcare
  • Help students gain awareness of the academic, technical, and personal skills required in health-care professions
  • Help students develop an understanding of the critical connections between school, work, and goal attainment

Who is eligible to participate?

  • High school students age 16 and above (parent or guardian signature required for all applicants under 19 years of age)
  • College students
  • Individuals exploring a second career

Available departments for shadowing

The following is a list of departments participating in the job shadowing program. All shadowing requests are subject to department manager approval and will be granted based on available staff and individual department workload.

Students may choose up to three departments or areas for shadowing per calendar year. 

  • Child Life
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • The Diabetes Center
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy (Job Shadowing unavailable until September 1st)
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Pastoral Care
  • Patient Financial Services
  • Perfusion (Job Shadowing unavailable until September 1st)
  • Pharmacy (Job Shadowing unavailable until August 2nd)
  • Physical Therapy (Job Shadowing unavailable until September 1st)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physician Shadowing
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Required Immunizations

Working in a hospital requires health-care workers to be current on many vaccinations. Immunizations are required for the protection of the health-care worker, as well as for the protection of patients. As you proceed with a career in healthcare, it will be important to keep a file of your immunization records. Schools and health-care employers will require this information. Please see the following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for information on recommended immunization schedules for each age group.

All job shadowing students on the medical center campus will be required to complete paperwork attesting to the current status of the following immunizations.

  • Immunizations Required
  • DPT/TDaP (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)
  • Influenza (Flu Shot)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Inactivated Poliovirus (Polio Vaccine)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)