We're happy to offer job shadowing opportunities to our community. 

Our program aims to help students: 

  • Observe the daily routines of health care workers 
  • Identify career interests in health care 
  • Gain awareness of the academic, technical and personal skills required in health care professions 
  • Develop an understanding of the critical connections between school, work and goal attainment. 

Job shadowing is designed to be an observation-only experience, lasting two to eight hours. The experience does not fulfill any clinical or internship requirements nor does it provide any hands-on experience. Job shadowing is for individual participants only and is not available for groups of students. 

Who is eligible to participate?

  • High school students age 16 and above (parent or guardian signature is required for all applicants age 16 or 17)
  • College students
  • Individuals exploring a second career
All requests must be submitted at least one week prior to the beginning of any scheduled shadowing.
Steps to job shadowing
Steps to job shadowing Submit a complete Job Shadowing Application Packet to the CoxHealth Education Center. Make sure to provide all of the required vaccination documentation!
Steps to job shadowing Watch the Program Guide Video and complete the quiz at the end.
Steps to job shadowing Schedule your CoxHealth shadowing experience.
Steps to job shadowing Once approved, print out your Job Shadowing Approval Packet to take with you to all shadowing appointments.
Steps to job shadowing Complete your shadowing experience!

Job Shadowing Program Guide

How can I apply to job shadow?

The application can be found here or by going to CoxHealth.com, clicking on the Careers tab on the upper right-hand side of the screen and scrolling down to the job shadowing box. Once there, you may download the application packet on the right-hand side of the screen. 

What does the job shadow application entail?

There are five forms that must be filled out and signed. The first form is the application itself. The second form is the immunization form. Here you record the date and place you were vaccinated. Photocopies of these vaccinations must be attached to your application. The remaining three forms are the program participant waiver warning, the confidentiality and security agreement and the acknowledgement checklist.

What vaccinations do I need to job shadow?

  • Two MMR
  • Two Varicella
  • Tdap, not to be confused with the children’s version, Dtap
  • A TB skin test within the last 12 months
  • Influenza vaccine within the last 12 months if in season; flu season is from October through April

What other steps do I need to complete?

Applicants must watch a brief program guide video and pass an online quiz on the program. 

Where can I take the required quiz?

On CoxHealth.com, scrolling to the bottom of the job shadowing page where you will see a short seven-minute video. Once the video is finished, a quiz link will be available.

How do I know what I scored on the quiz?

You won’t know immediately. Scores are automatically sent to the Education Center. The Center will notify you if you’ve passed and are approved to job shadow or if the quiz needs to be retaken.

How old do you have to be to job shadow?

The minimum age to job shadow is 16. Must be 18 to job shadow in the Pediatric Department.

How do I submit an application?

Email your application to educationcenter@coxhealth.com or fax it to 417-269-4787. An emailed photo of the completed application is also acceptable.

Can employees job shadow?

Yes, employees can job shadow. They do not need to fill out the application packet. Contact the Education Center for your approval sheet.

Once my application is approved, how long do I have to job shadow?

About 90 days. If you have not job shadowed within that time period, contact the Education Center and receive an extension. 

I’ve had the chicken pox, do I still need the Varicella vaccine?

No, but you will need a document on official letterhead with your physician’s signature stating you have been exposed to chicken pox and are immune.  

Where can I get vaccinated?

  • Your primary care provider
  • Westside Public Health Center, a division of Springfield-Greene County Health Department; 417-874-1220
  • Your local county health department; a directory can be found online at health.mo.gov
  • Jordan Valley Community Health Center; 417-831-0191
  • Any Lab Test Now, 1921 E. Independence Ave. Springfield, MO; 417-889-8378
  • Request A Test, 1310 E. Kingsley St. Springfield, MO; 417-882-2900
  • Various Walgreens, Walmart, Hy-Vee and CVS locations 

Do I need to do anything else once I have scheduled my shadowing experience?

Yes, you will be sent a link to check-in, once complete you will receive your approval packet via email. 

If I want to shadow more, do I have to check-in again?

Yes, each shadowing experience must be checked-in.