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University of Missouri Health Care offers a job shadow program for individuals interested in learning about a specific career at one of MU Health Care’s facilities.


  • Participants must be age 16 or older.
  • A parent or guardian must grant permission and sign forms for individuals under 18.
  • Participants must have an ID badge before shadowing.

Please note: The program limits shadowing to 16 hours per year. The hours reset each January 1.

Steps to participate

  1. Download these three required documents:
  2. Learn about the guidelines and clinical areas for job shadowing.
    • Document 4: Guidelines Letter

      If you’re interested in shadowing a nurse, please download:
      Document 5: Nurse Choices (Review and contact the unit(s) in which you are interested.)

  3. Select your area of interest. (See Document 4, the Guidelines Letter.)

    Contact the area in which you’re interested in shadowing to schedule a date and time. Enter all dates and times on the Application (Form 2). If you do not see your area of interest, please email for assistance.

  4. Obtain your ID badge.

    Once you set up a shadow date, send an email to to request to set up a date and time to bring in your application and get your ID badge. Badges cannot be picked up sooner than 48 hours before your shadow date. Badges for Monday shadow events can only be picked up on that Monday.

    Badges are made from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, Monday through Friday. You must wear your ID badge when you job shadow.

  5. Complete the preceptor form.

    Bring your Preceptor Form (Form 3) to your shadow event. Make sure you have the person you are shadowing (the preceptor) confirm the date and hours on the form and sign the document. Instructions for returning the form to University Hospital's shadow program office are on the document.

    You must complete and return a signed form for each shadow event in order to participate in future shadow events.


If you have questions, please email