All students who plan on going to professional school should plan on shadowing health professionals in their field. Shadowing allows students to learn about the pros and cons of a career in healthcare, the personality traits of effective caregivers, how care is provided, and what they will bring to their profession.

Students must be proactive and persistent in their search for opportunities to shadow. You will need to develop relationships with many health professionals and may even need to ask these professionals for letters of recommendation in the future. To get involved in shadowing, call up a health care practitioner and ask if you can come follow them around.  This works best if you know the provider, but cold-calling can work too.  When you go, make sure you dress appropriately, have questions to ask, etc.  When you are finished shadowing, it is a good idea to write down what you learned from the experience so that you can write about it later.

Shadowing at IHC facilities

How does the student begin this process?

To be able to shadow at an IHC facility there are certain criteria that must be met.  These include the following:

  • You must be a current student at USU
  • You must be in good standing (no academic warning/probation status)
  • You must have completed 2 years worth of professional school prerequisite coursework (exception - pre- radiologic science students must have completed one year of prerequisites)

If you meet these criteria, the following steps will produce a contract between IHC, Utah State University, and you. These contracts are short-term and must be renewed for each 12-hour shadowing opportunity.

Step 1  

Email Yvonne Kobe  The email must include your name and A-number.  If you are a current employee or volunteer at IHC please state this in the email.  Yvonne will verify that you meet the criteria.  If you are a current IHC employee or volunteer see below.

Step 2  

Fill out the IHC Student Information Form and return to Yvonne ( or University Inn 102). Please refer to the Example Student Information Form for instructions on filling this form out correctly.  

Step 3a.  

IHC will approve or decline your request through email.  If you are approved you will receive links and information about orientation.  You should begin this orientation education as soon as possible.

Step 3b.  

Once you receive the email from IHC approving your request, you will set up an account with Certified Background.   Certified Background is an independent contractor that will verify that you are up-to-date on your required immunizations.  The Certified Background Profile form will guide you on setting up your account and the exact steps in verifying immunity.

Step 4a.  

When your immunizations are up-to-date and recorded in your CertifiedBackground account, fill out the Student Prerequisite Testing Verification List form.  (This was in the original approval from IHC)  Return this form to Yvonne Kobe for her signature (University Inn 102 or

 Step 4b.

Follow the IHC Guidelines and steps and return the Orientation materials directly to IHC.

Current IHC employees or volunteers - You can obtain a copy of your immunization records from the Employee Health Nurse at (435) 716-5505 and include this in your orientation materials.