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Health Careers Shadowing

Health Careers Shadowing, Career Investigation & Hospital Directions

HACC encourages you to arrange an in-depth, one-on-one shadowing experience with a professional in your career area. Below is contact information for local hospitals.


  • Your first step is to check the admission criteria for your program to see if shadowing is required, or if there are specific instructions and forms
  • Image is everything 
    • Remember to present a professional image.
    • Dress and act professionally and appropriately when arranging and attending your shadowing day.
  • Some facilities may require you to complete background checks and have a flu shot.
  • Some facilities may want at least a month advance notice of your desired shadow date.

UPMC PinnacleHealth offers a Student Career Exploration Program that includes Destination Imaging, Extreme Nurse, Experience the Lab, a Health Care Career Night (usually April/October), summer internships and shadowing. All are excellent career investigation tools.

Shadowing contacts 

To arrange shadowing, contact the hospital or health-care facility. 

Before you begin making contacts, check the admission criteria for your program to make sure you are following the proper procedure if shadowing is required. 

To set up a shadowing opportunity, contact:

  • Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital (Camp Hill). Contact Darlene Heiges in Volunteer Services, 717-763-2656 or learn more online.
  • Penn Medicine Lancaster General.  Contact Human Resources (717) 544-4915 arrange shadowing. Learn more online (includes online shadow request form)
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Contact the Office of Academic Placement or learn more online  (includes online shadow request form)
  • Summit Health - Chambersburg & Waynesboro. Contact Kim Taylor at 717-262-4628 for specific questions or learn more online (includes online shadow request form).
  • UPMC Pinnacle. Learn more online (includes online shadow request form)  
  • UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle (Carlisle Regional Medical Center). Contact Recruiter, 717-960-3253 for an information packet.
  • UPMC Hanover Hospital. Contact Volunteer Services at 717-316-2136 or learn more online.
  • UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster (Lancaster Regional Medical Center). Contact Volunteer Services, 717-291-8126.
  • UPMC Memorial Hospital (York). Learn more online.
  • WellSpan - Ephrata Hospital. Contact Volunteer Services at 717-738-6117 or learn more online.
  • WellSpan - Gettysburg . Contact Human Resources at 717-334-4197. Access an application online (includes online shadow request form. Allow up to 4 weeks to schedule.
  • WellSpan - Good Samaritan Hospital (Lebanon). Contact Educational Services at 717-270-7759
  • Wellspan - York. Contact Wellspan Human Resources at 717-851-2302 or learn more online (includes online shadow request form). Allow up to 4 weeks to schedule.

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