Health Career Immersion Program

Kent Intermediate School District is proud of the opportunities the Health Career Immersion program provides high school SENIORS. This job shadow experience allows students to explore a wide variety of health careers by observing health professionals while they work.

Students in the Health Career Immersion are placed in sites around Kent County. Following are examples of sites that may be part of this job shadow experience:

  • Mercy Health - St. Mary's Campus
  • Spectrum Health facilities
  • Pennock Health Care
  • Private offices
  • Free standing clinic settings

Each site will provide exposure to a variety of careers available in the health industry.

Immersion Details

  • Students will be able to observe health career professionals in the workplace! This is an excellent career exploration activity and results in students being more informed and confident in their career decisions.
  • This career exploration opportunity is for senior high school students in Kent County.
  • This commitment is approximately 15 weeks for a semester and 11 weeks for a trimester.
  • The typical schedule is 2 days a week for 2.5 hours a day (total of 5 hours a week).
  • Students must arrange their own transportation to and from the placement sites ** Free transportation may be available!   Contact us for details!
  • ​Students may request their preferred health care facility on the application. We make every effort to honor student preferences, but due to availability, not all requests can be guaranteed. More information about placement sites.
  • Some high schools may grant classroom credit, although it is intended to be an extra-curricular activity.
  • A Parent/guardian must must attend a mandatory Kent ISD orientation. 
  • FAQ - Frequently asked Questions

For participation in Winter 2020, the application will open for seniors on October 15 with a December 1, 2019 deadline. This program is for Kent County high school seniors.

Please note: As part of the online application, a forms packet must be submitted This packet includes two professional recommendations, current immunization records, and waivers. This packet will be available on October 15.

Following the Application

Within 2 weeks of the application deadline, students will be contacted on the status of their acceptance into the Health Careers Immersion program.
Please note: Based on the number of applicants, all students may not be admitted into the program. 

If accepted, completion of 3 online training modules will be required prior to the IMMERSION start date. Instructions will be provided via email.

Topics include: Bloodborne Pathogens, HIPAA, and CPR​

A TB test and current Influenza vaccination will also be required to participate.

All students will be expected to attend two mandatory orientations. One will be a hospital based orientation and the second will be at the Kent Intermediate School District. 

Questions? Contact Krista Harmon at 616-365-2369 or

The Winter/Spring  Health Career Immersion students

Immersion students learning about the use of mannequins at the GVSU Simulation Lab


Upcoming Events

March 13
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Date: Mar 13
Calendar: Career Readiness

Have you started to look around your classroom and wonder, "What's Next?" or dream about the job you will do after high school? Are you interested in pulling back the curtain of the world of work and spending the day with a mentor? If you answered "yes" - #GSD20 is for you!

When: March 13, 2018

Time: 9AM - 2PM

Where:You get to choose the role that is right for you - there are almost 300 roles to shadow for the day! Click here for more GSD 20 information!