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

Receive firsthand experience in professional health careers with two-hour-long rotations, once a week through the 2018 spring semester.

As a participant in the Pilot 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 Carle (and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center starting Fall of 2018). 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

 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.

  1. Complete an application with your school representative (see below).
  2. The hospital will conduct a background check.
  3. Complete safety/compliance/HIPAA/Blood Born Pathogen Training.
  4. Get needed immunizations:
    1. Tb Test (2 Step or Quantiferon Gold)
    2. MMR Record or Titer
    3. Varicella Record of Titer
    4. Flu Shot (Between Nov. 1 and Apr. 30)
    5. Tdap & Hep B

Once accepted into the program, and all of the above criteria have been met, students and parents will attend a kick-off event in January 2018. At the event, you will find out more information about each specialty area and sign up for job shadowing rotations.



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

Champaign Unit 4 School District
Marc Changnon
District Coordinator of
Career Programs &
Community Partnerships
(217) 351-3764

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