Shadowing Program

The Altru Shadowing Program allows students and adults the opportunity to observe work in a health care career of their choice.

Each shadowing experience is two hours in length. The shadow will be assigned to a staff member in a chosen career field and will learn about educational requirements, career advancement and daily job duties.

Students in grades 11 and 12 can participate. The program is also available to college students and individuals interested in health care or considering a career change.

Participant Sign-Up

High school students must work through their school guidance counselor or principal. The student should contact the counselor or principal about his/her field of interest, who will contact the Shadowing Program Coordinator.

All other interested individuals should fill out the application below.

Arrangements should be made at least three weeks in advance. As soon as scheduling has been finalized, written confirmation will be sent to both the shadow and the mentor.

Shadow Program Application

For more information, please email shadowing program coordinator at

Shadowing Program Information

  • Appointments are scheduled for weekdays only in a two-hour timeframe from 8 - 10 a.m or 1 - 3 p.m.
  • If participants are unable to keep appointments, they must contact the Shadowing Program Coordinator at
  • Participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality statement to protect our patients' privacy.
  • Professional attire and comfortable shoes must be worn to the shadowing appointment.

Areas of Interest Available For Shadowing

* Open only to nursing students
** Open only to high school seniors and above
*** Open only to college students

PT/OT Volunteer/Observation Hours

Volunteer hours count toward the observation hour requirement for application to the Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy Professional programs. Student volunteers must commit to a 2-4 hour shift per week for a full school semester. Learn more about volunteering here or call 701.780.5125 for additional information.