Health Careers Immersion Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don't have transportation?
We know transportation can be a significant barrier for some students. Students often use public transportation and carpooling to address this issue. We make every effort to minimize travel to multiple locations during the semester. If transportation will be an issue for you, please contact us as soon as possible. There is good news! We received a grant to assist students with transportation to health career related programs! Email us for more information.
Do I get to pick my schedule?
We do our best to accommodate schedules of those accepted into the program. We will be asking for a preferred schedule prior to the orientations. Most placement rotations take place between the hours of 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Monday - Friday. Your assignment will be 2.5 hours, 2 times per week. Evening and weekend placements may be considered, but only if we have available sites.
Students who request Spectrum Health – Medical Explorers, must commit to a timeframe of 2:30 pm-5:00 pm on Tuesday/Thursday. No exceptions.
Do I get to choose the places where I will be visiting?
You will provide your health career interest area and preferred placement sites in the online application. We do our very best in placing interns in locations/departments that match their interests, however, we can't guarantee it.
In this program, we intentionally offer a wide variety of experiences to help you learn more about health careers and your own interests. You may be exposed to health careers you haven't considered before, and we encourage you to keep an open mind throughout the semester.
Again, if you select Spectrum Health - Medical Explorers, you must be available from 2:30 pm - 5:00 PM on Tuesdays/Thursdays.
Why is there so much paperwork?
As patient privacy legislation (HIPAA) has moved forward, more and more health care settings are limiting the number of opportunities for young people to explore health careers in clinical settings. The Health Careers Immersion program has been able to maintain this wonderful opportunity by ensuring that our students are properly screened and prepared to enter the hospitals and other clinical work sites. By completing all the required forms, training modules, and immunizations, we are making sure you will be safe and prepared to enter the workplace.
Can I get credit for this Immersion experience?
Maybe. Some schools offer classroom credit for students that complete the requirements of the Health Careers Immersion Program. You will need to speak directly with your guidance counselor to see if your school offers credit. (Please connect us to your counselor if they are unsure about credit options.) Even without earning credit, the Health Career Immersion is a wonderful career exploration opportunity and will provide you valuable experiences, career knowledge and a chance to meet real professionals in the health care industry!
What happens if I am unable to finish the semester?
Hospitals and clinical settings volunteer significant time and energy into making this a valuable experience for students. We don’t want to jeopardize our relationships with these organizations by placing students who cannot commit to the entire semester. However, we know that sometimes unforeseeable circumstances can impact your commitments. BEFORE YOU APPLY, it is important to carefully consider your career interests, school schedule, and current extracurricular activities (sports, job, clubs, church, etc.) to determine if you actually have time to participate in this program. Please only apply if you can commit to the entire semester/trimester.
If you are taking the Immersion program for credit, and do not complete the requirements, you will forfeit the credits.
Will my child be safe?
The safety of your student is of utmost importance to the Kent ISD's Health Careers Immersion Program. As a reminder, your student will not have direct contact with patients. This is an observation program. While healthcare facilities have inherent risks (exposure to bacteria, viruses, blood, etc.) we have taken measures to protect your student and the patients from additional risk by requiring current immunizations, TB tests, and the flu vaccine. Additional workplace safety will be addressed at the mandatory KISD orientation, in addition to the 4 online training modules that will be required as part of the program requirements.