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Clinic Observational Program

Purpose: The purpose of the Student Health Services Clinic Observational Program is to provide students with an environment for professional preparation through hands on experience related to their field of study. The Student Health Services Observational Program strives to provide academic enhancement and experience that is applicable to real-world settings.

Description: Student Health Services encourages students who have progressed in their academic studies, to apply for an opportunity to gain real-world experience by observing a Student Health Services professional.

The student will gain experience in the clinical and medical reception area of Student Health Services. The observation period is two regular semesters (Fall/Spring) and is unpaid. The candidate must be an active student who is in good academic standing and is considered a Junior or Senior or Graduate student based on completed credit hours. The student must commit to at least four hours per week and will coordinate their schedule with their designated supervisor.

All students interested in pursuing the observational program with Student Health Services should complete the online application and participate in an interview before being approved and selected as a participant. Applications and interviews must be completed the semester prior to when the student would like to begin volunteering. All selected students must complete the Clinical Observational Program Application information, pass a Criminal Background Check, and complete the necessary compliance and trainings.

The student is responsible for ensuring all necessary paperwork and trainings are completed and approved by the designated supervisor. The student is also responsible for maintaining a record of all hours completed during the volunteer semester.

Role of Volunteer Student:

During the appointment, the students will be given the opportunity to observe a Nurse or a medical receptionist. The student will observe the following:

  • Patient interview techniques

  • Diagnostic testing (i.e. rapid flu, strep, etc.)

  • Discussion of assessments and plans

  • Immunization clinic practice

  • Medical reception tasks

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following items to SHS Health Education:

  1. completed application (PDF),

  2. cover letter,

  3. and a resume.

Please email your application to SHS Health Education. The email address is, subject line Observational Program Application. After submission, you will receive an email to confirm receipt of your packet.