Ready to discover if a career in health care is for you? The Healthcare Careers Pilot Program offers 16 to 18-year-old high school students firsthand experience in professional healthcare careers through education and job shadowing opportunities.

Rashid Bashir, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Providing health care that is high-quality, low-cost, and accessible to all is a grand challenge for our country and the world.

Healthcare professions are growing rapidly and will provide great opportunities for rewarding and impactful career paths in the future. We need to develop the exposure and immersion to our high school students so that they can make informed choices about choosing their careers. This is exactly the purpose of this highly collaborative and innovative high-clinical immersion program in the Champaign, Urbana, and Rantoul school districts.”

– Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.


Discover Your Potential

As a participant in the Program, you’ll get:

  • A realistic view of your professional interest that will help to confirm and,
    in some cases, redirect your career plans.
  • Exposure to the daily environments of different career fields, which can
    be an asset to college or post-high school training by making future
    classes more meaningful.
  • Realistic assessment of your personal strengths to compare them with
    the skills and qualities needed in the career fields you are exploring.
  • Growing your understanding of organizational structure and
    decision-making to gain self-confidence as you refine your social and
    intellectual skills.
  • The opportunity to develop relationships with hospital staff for potential
    future mentors and references for your chosen field.


Job Shadowing & Education

Your program includes a brief kick-off meeting with hands-on experiential healthcare learning like chest compressions followed by weekly two-hour job shadowing opportunities in multiple healthcare settings at. You will understand the variety of jobs and opportunities in health care from inpatient hospital floors like NICU and cardio/pulmonary, to outpatient clinics like surgery and urology and radiology, to business and supporting departments like risk management, social work, facilities and food service. In each opportunity you will have a chance to interact with professionals and ask questions for a deeper understanding of health care in our communities.


  • Cardio/Pulmonary Inpatient Floor
  • Food Service
  • Environmental Services
  • Hospitalists
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Physical Plant
  • Radiology
  • Social Services
  • Surgical/Urology Outpatient

Job shadowing facilities include:

  • Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Christie Clinic
  • Clark-Lindsey Village
  • OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

 Additional Information

  • Students will be required to provide a brief report about their experiences
    after each rotation.
  • Hospital staff will also provide feedback on student participation to the
    school representatives.
  • Students who qualify will have the opportunity to take dual-credit high
    school classes that will earn credits at Parkland College.
  • A certificate of completion will be awarded to the students at the end of
    program event where students can share and discuss their experiences
    with each other.


Ready to begin?

Take the first steps toward a career in health care.

  • Complete an application with your school representative (see below)

Complete the Immunizations Required

  • 2 step TB test or Quantiferon Gold test
  • 4 visits / 2 injections
  • Blood draw
  • 7 days are required between 1st and 2nd injection
  • Record of 2 MMR vaccines or titer proving immunity
  • Record of 2 varicella vaccines or titer proving immunity
  • Record of Chicken pox disease is NOT sufficient
  • Flu shot during flu season (November 1 – April 30)
  • Tdap within the last 10 years
  • Immunization Recommended:
  • Hep B (series of 3 vaccines)

* School coordinators will work with students/parents to assist them with necessary paperwork and to discuss possible financial assistance if needed.


Program Details


Requirements for Completion:

  • Complete 8 or more different rotations at 3 out of the 4 facilities.
  • Rotations are two hour durations, once per week, or as the student’s schedule permits.
  • Submission of essays/reports after each rotation, using the report template, to your School Coordinator.
  • Create a poster presentation about your experiences to be presented at the closing event. 
  • A Certificate of Completion will be awarded only to those students who complete all of the requirements. 
  • Letters of recommendation from facilities or the Chamber will also be available upon request to those students who complete the program requirements.


Contact the Pilot Program representatives below and they will be happy to help you:

Champaign Unit 4 School District
Angi Franklin
Director of Teaching, Learning
and Student Engagement
(217) 351-3800 ext. 1289

Rantoul Township High School District #193
Megan Sims
School Counselor
(217) 892-6130

Urbana Unit 116 School District
Kristine Sherrick
Career and Technical Education Coordinator
(217) 384-3505