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. 

Upcoming Events

February 19
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
6:00 PM
Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
Date: Feb 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Please note the location of this event.  It will be at the Mary Free Bed Professional Building, not the main rehabilitation hospital.


Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
February 26
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Mental Health Services
6:00 PM
Postma Center At Pine Rest, 300 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Mental Health Services
Date: Feb 26
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Postma Center At Pine Rest, 300 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
March 5
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Public Safety & Law Enforcement
6:00 PM
Grand Rapids Police Department, 1, Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Public Safety & Law Enforcement
Date: Mar 5
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Grand Rapids Police Department, 1, Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
March 12
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Engineering & Manufacturing
6:00 PM
Swoboda, 4108 52nd St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Engineering & Manufacturing
Date: Mar 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Swoboda, 4108 52nd St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Music, Arts, & Communication
6:00 PM
DeVos Performance Hall Scene Shop, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Music, Arts, & Communication
Date: Mar 12
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: DeVos Performance Hall Scene Shop, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.