Student & Shadow Experiences at Mercy

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How to Apply


A shadow/observation experience is for observation without hands-on interaction. It's limited to 40 hours or less (within one year) and you are not required to be enrolled in a school. Mercy is currently accepting applications for Shadow/Observation experiences. Note: only for post-high school individuals or college students over age 18 at this time.

Learn more about Shadow/Observe experiences and apply online.

Individual Learning Experience

An individual learning experience is a hands-on experience (either clinical or non-clinical). This experience requires you to be enrolled in a school program unless you are seeking an unpaid internship or are a professional approved to do research at Mercy.

Learn more about individual learning experiences and apply online.

Student Resources

Finding a Preceptor

Get tips for finding a Mercy preceptor for your shadowing experience.  

HIPAA Compliance

During your student experience at Mercy you may come in contact with the Protected Health Information (or PHI) of Mercy’s patients. PHI includes any information about the patient’s health care, the patient’s physical or mental condition or payment for the patient’s health care. Even the fact that an individual is a patient of Mercy is PHI to be held confidential. Mercy and you are bound by law to keep this information confidential.

  • DO respect patient privacy. The requirement to maintain confidentiality of PHI applies to you
  • DO report any privacy concerns you have to the clinician you are following, the Mercy Privacy Office, by calling the Mercy hotline at 1-877-4MERCY2, or by accessing the web-based hotline at
  • Do NOT attempt to access PHI or eavesdrop on discussions of PHI you do not need to know for your student experience
  • Do NOT take photographs of any kind during your student experience
  • Do NOT post photographs or descriptions from your student experience on social media
  • Do NOT remove records of any kind from the Mercy shadowing site.
  • Do NOT reference PHI in your coursework
  • Do NOT discuss PHI in public areas that could be overheard (e.g., elevators or public hallways)

Social Media & Recording Policy

Students are not permitted to take pictures or recordings in clinical areas. Watch this video to learn about Mercy’s social media policy.

Dress Code

Students completing a clinical experience must wear scrubs and closed-toe shoes to be in clinical areas. Long hair must be tied back, and no long or artificial nails are allowed. Students completing non-clinical experiences must wear a polo style or button-down shirt and dress pants (no leggings or jeans).

Student Identification

Students are required to wear a name badge while on Mercy campus.  Please wear your school name badge at all times.  If you do not have a school name badge, you may request a temporary name badge from your Mercy student coordinator.

Tips for Job Shadowing

  • Bring a notebook to take notes
  • Wait to ask questions until after the patient interaction is completed
  • Respect patient privacy
  • Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and appropriate dress
  • Reflect on your experience afterwards with your preceptor
  • Send a thank you note to your preceptor