Student Experiences in Joplin & Surrounding Communities

Elementary, Middle School, Junior High & High School Student Engagement

Mercy Hospital Joplin is excited to offer tours and career exploration opportunities to school and community groups.  Contact Medical Education to schedule your experience today.

Job Shadowing

The Mercy Hospital Joplin Medical Education Department coordinates all shadowing experiences for Mercy Clinics and Hospitals located in Joplin and its surrounding communities, Carthage, Columbus, and Pittsburg.  If you are seeking to shadow in a community not listed in this packet, please contact the Mercy hospital in your community for more information on their shadowing process.

We strive to give students the opportunity to explore healthcare careers in an effort to provide the necessary knowledge to make decisions for furthering their education and identify desirable career paths.  Job shadowing at Mercy allows individuals the opportunity to follow and observe a healthcare professional as they carry out their job responsibilities.  Individuals requesting a shadowing experience should be 16 years of age or older, and enrolled in high school, vo-tech, home-schooling, or college courses.  To shadow, please submit the below items via email or fax:

  • Shadow Information Packet, including:
    • Job Shadow Application
    • Job Shadowing Agreement (Parental signature required for shadows under the age of 18)
    • Mini Orientation Test
    • TB Risk Assessment
  • Health screen documentation:
    • MMR vaccination series
    • Tdap immunization
    • Varicella Immunization or proof of disease
    • Influenza vaccination (during declared flu season, no less than October – March) – must include Lot #, expiration date,         injection site, and administered by information

Shadowing is available in the following departments:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Administration
  • Audiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Diagnostic Imaging (CT, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation, Ultrasound, X-Ray Tech)
  • Health Information Management
  • Human Resources
  • Laboratory
  • Marketing
  • Medical Staff (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Physician Assistant)
  • Nursing (Critical Care, Emergency Room, Medical/Surgical, Pediatrics, Operating Room, Oncology)
  • Nutrition Services (Dietitian, Nutritionist)
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pharmacy (Inpatient, Retail)
  • Plant Operations/Facilities
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Therapies (inpatient and outpatient Physical, Occupational, and Speech Pathology)


Clinical Rotations

Medical Students, Nurse Practitioner Students, Physician Assistant Students, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Students interested in completing clinical rotations at Mercy in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas should submit rotation requests to the Medical Education Department.  The Mercy Hospital Joplin Medical Education Department coordinates and assigns all clinical preceptors for Mercy Joplin and its surrounding communities, Carthage, Columbus, Neosho, and Pittsburg.  We request students not contact clinics directly.  An academic affiliation agreement signed by the program and Mercy must be in place prior to the confirmation of rotations.  Students will be required to provide proof of medical malpractice coverage, clear drug screen and criminal background check, immunizations, TB screening, clinical objectives and a letter of good standing from the academic program. 

Students in training programs not mentioned above may contact Mercy Joplin Talent Development and Optimization to discuss education training opportunities at 417-556-2271.  At this time, Mercy Hospital Joplin does not accept visiting resident rotations.

Contact Us

Katie Harden, MBA
Manager - Medical Education Programs
Mercy Hospital Joplin
Office: 417-556-6939
Fax: 417-556-2807