Observation Experience

Welcome to Ministry Health Care’s Observation Experience Program

Ministry Health Care offers a closer look at health care careers through observation experiences that are available for individuals that desire to learn more about a career in health care. An  observation experience consists of a firsthand, “observation only” look at the daily experiences of a health care professional. A Ministry staff member accompanies participants at all times.

All observation experience requests will be reviewed by Human Resources department to determine suitability. The Human Resources department may refuse an application request based on patient sensitivity, staffing concerns, availability, volume or other reason.

Job Observations are prohibited in the following areas: (In limited circumstances, and for provider observations, exceptions may be made with appropriate approvals.)

  • Emergency or Urgent Care
  • Labor and Delivery-Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Surgery and Recovery
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Behavioral Health

Types of Observation Experiences

Ministry Health Care offers three different opportunities for Observation Experiences.

  • Observation Experience - 8 hours or less (nonprovider): Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Observation Experience - Post secondary education requirement: Must be at least 16 years of age and the observation experience is a requirement of post-secondary education. Limited to 40 hours of observation. Typically a prerequisite into a program of study. Examples include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, etc.
  • Observation Experience – Provider: Must currently be enrolled in a college or a college graduate and be interested in or considering further education or training to become a provider of medical care to patients.
    • Observation of physician or physician assistant is only open to college/university freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or college/university graduates, planning on pursuing a medical career. Observation is only intended to confirm interest in a career in medicine, not to fulfill patient care requirements for application purposes. If you are in need of patient care hours for application to medical or physician assistant programs, several options for achieving this are as follows:
      • Obtain certification as a CNA or EMT and pick up shifts on a part-time or casual basis at a medical facility or nursing home
      • Volunteer to work with patients at a medical facility or nursing home
      • Work part-time in another patient care area, such as phlebotomy or radiology

Requirements for Observation

Once your observation experience request has been received and reviewed for eligibility, you will be notified. Individuals who  meet eligibility requirements will be required to complete the following information/documents and submit them at least 2 weeks prior to scheduled observation experience. If information/documents are not received at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled observation, the observation may be cancelled.

Observation Experience Orientation

Observation Experience Authorization Form. (If a participant is under the age of 18, a guardian signature must be obtained on this form.)

Health Information Form (Medical documentation is required for evidence of proof of immunity)

To submit an observation experience request at any of the Ministry Health Care organization, please click on the Observation Experience link and complete all required fields.


For questions on student or observation experiences, please email:


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