Job Shadow Program

The Job Shadow Program at St.Vincent provides experiential learning opportunities designed to help individuals learn about health career options as well as the skills that different occupations require. The program offers a four hour, once a month education and shadowing/observation experience to individuals interested in learning about a specific area in health care.

Program participants will have the opportunity to experience the workplace setting as well as the duties performed by the health care worker they are shadowing; however, they will not be permitted to take part in hands-on patient care.


Who is eligible to participate:

  • High school students 16 years or older
  • College students
  • Individuals exploring second career

Program Goals

The goals of the job shadowing program at St.Vincent are to assist students in accomplishing the following:

  • Observe the daily routines of healthcare workers
  • Begin to identify career interests in healthcare
  • Gain awareness of the academic, technical and personal skills required in healthcare professions
  • Gain an understanding that different health careers have cultures and work environments that can be unique to a particular profession

Participating Departments

St.Vincent offers job shadowing and observation experiences in the following areas:

  • Audiology
  • Radiology (Ultrasound or X-ray / MRI)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery (some restrictions)
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Speech pathology


An application process is required. Applications must be submitted a minimum of five business days in advance of the requested shadowing date. You must submit your application directly to MICI-AHEC at (317) 583-3512. They will review your application and communicate as to whether or not your request can be accommodated.
Job Shadow Application

Be sure to sign the application and, if you are under the age of 18, obtain the signature of your parent or guardian as well. MICI-AHEC will provide specific instructions for submitting the form to their office and getting your shadow experience scheduled.

Health Requirements

In order to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and patients, job shadowers must show evidence of proof of lab immunity, immunization, or natural disease history of rubella, rubeola, and varicella from their own healthcare provider.

A recent screening for TB in the form of tuberculin skin testing (TST) or, in the case of known positive TST screening, a baseline chest x-ray with subsequent annual screening for related TB symptoms is also required. In addition, those observers under the age of 18 must submit a signed parental consent and waiver.

What You Need to Know

Prior to coming to the hospital for your job shadow experience, please review the "Guidelines for Your Shadowing Experience". These guidelines will provide specific instructions for you to follow during your time at the hospital. You will be expected to adhere to these guidelines during your experience.