Student Placement Services - Bloomington

Clinical students are defined as a college or university student enrolled in an approved class program and supervised by a program clinical instructor or preceptor.

Students

If you are approved to do your clinical rotations at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, you will need to learn information about our organization, potentially hazardous situations and emergency responses, patient care and privacy issues, and other hospital policies. To learn more, please refer to the Clinical Student Frequently Asked Questions below.

Before you can begin your program with us, we need to make sure that you are aware of several important safety issues, hospital policies, and legal requirements. Likewise, we will need some basic information about you. Listed below are documents you will need to review and the forms that you will need to print, fill out and submit to your program instructor before starting your clinical rotations

  1. Complete the Clinical Application
    1. All Indiana University students use this application: IU Clinical Application
    2. All other clinical students use this application: Clinical Application
  2. Read the Student In-service before answering the quiz questions included in the application
  3. Submit completed packet to your instructor
  4. Follow-up with your instructor about your hospital ID badge.

Instructors please submit completed packets to:

IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Student Placement Services
PO Box 1149
Bloomington, IN 47402
BLM-StudentPlacement@iuhealth.org

Phone: 812.353.5527
Fax: 812.353.5447

Clinical Students & Instructors

Clinical students are defined as a college or university student enrolled in an approved class program and supervised by a program clinical instructor or preceptor.

Students

If you are approved to do your clinical rotations at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, you will need to learn information about our organization, potentially hazardous situations and emergency responses, patient care and privacy issues, and other hospital policies. To learn more, please refer to the Clinical Student Frequently Asked Questions below.

Before you can begin your program with us, we need to make sure that you are aware of several important safety issues, hospital policies, and legal requirements. Likewise, we will need some basic information about you. Listed below are documents you will need to review and the forms that you will need to print, fill out and submit to your program instructor before starting your clinical rotations

  1. Complete the Clinical Application
    1. All Indiana University students use this application: IU Clinical Application
    2. All other clinical students use this application: Clinical Application
  2. Read the Student In-service before answering the quiz questions included in the application
  3. Submit completed packet to your instructor
  4. Follow-up with your instructor about your hospital ID badge.

Instructors please submit completed packets to:

IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Student Placement Services
PO Box 1149
Bloomington, IN 47402
BLM-StudentPlacement@iuhealth.org

Phone: 812.353.5527
Fax: 812.353.5447

IU Health Bloomington offers internship opportunities to college students who are at least 18 years of age who need to fulfill educational requirements. There must be an educational affiliation agreement between IU Health Bloomington and the college/university/school. 

An internship is a non-paid administrative experience of more than 25 hours. Interns are not placed in clinical areas and do not have any patient interaction. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Announcements

We are no longer accepting internship applications for the spring semester.

Internship

IU Health Bloomington offers internship opportunities to college students who are at least 18 years of age who need to fulfill educational requirements. There must be an educational affiliation agreement between IU Health Bloomington and the college/university/school. 

An internship is a non-paid administrative experience of more than 25 hours. Interns are not placed in clinical areas and do not have any patient interaction. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Announcements

We are no longer accepting internship applications for the spring semester.

IU Health Bloomington offers shadowing opportunities to students and individuals who are at least 18 years of age who wish to fulfill educational requirements or to explore healthcare careers. Please see the application for areas that are currently accepting shadowers. We concentrate on serving those individuals who live or go to school in our 10 county service area: Brown, Daviess, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties.

Applications for Rehabilitation Services shadowing have deadlines for submission, which are posted below in the Announcements section. Other shadowing applications are accepted year-round.

Shadowing is an observation-only experience for a period of up to 24 hours. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Announcements

We are not accepting shadowing applications at this time (except for Rehabilitation Services). The spring application will be posted in early January.

We are accepting spring shadowing applications for Rehabilitation Services. 

Rehabilitation Services shadowing applications will only be accepted during the below time periods:

Spring

  • Applications accepted from Oct. 29 – Dec. 14
  • Placements scheduled between Jan. 28 – April 26

Summer

  • Applications accepted March 11 – April 19
  • Placements scheduled between June 3 – July 26

Fall

  • Applications accepted July 1 – Aug. 9
  • Placements scheduled between Sept. 16 – Dec. 6

Application Process

Step One

  • Complete the appropriate Student Placement Shadowing Application:
  • Read the Student In-service before answering the quiz questions included in the application

Step Two

  • You will be notified by email if IU Health Bloomington is able to place you in a shadowing experience.  The email will instruct you to make an appointment with the Student Placement Coordinator and to bring documents to verify the mandatory immunization requirements listed in the application.

Shadowing

IU Health Bloomington offers shadowing opportunities to students and individuals who are at least 18 years of age who wish to fulfill educational requirements or to explore healthcare careers. Please see the application for areas that are currently accepting shadowers. We concentrate on serving those individuals who live or go to school in our 10 county service area: Brown, Daviess, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties.

Applications for Rehabilitation Services shadowing have deadlines for submission, which are posted below in the Announcements section. Other shadowing applications are accepted year-round.

Shadowing is an observation-only experience for a period of up to 24 hours. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Announcements

We are not accepting shadowing applications at this time (except for Rehabilitation Services). The spring application will be posted in early January.

We are accepting spring shadowing applications for Rehabilitation Services. 

Rehabilitation Services shadowing applications will only be accepted during the below time periods:

Spring

  • Applications accepted from Oct. 29 – Dec. 14
  • Placements scheduled between Jan. 28 – April 26

Summer

  • Applications accepted March 11 – April 19
  • Placements scheduled between June 3 – July 26

Fall

  • Applications accepted July 1 – Aug. 9
  • Placements scheduled between Sept. 16 – Dec. 6

Application Process

Step One

  • Complete the appropriate Student Placement Shadowing Application:
  • Read the Student In-service before answering the quiz questions included in the application

Step Two

  • You will be notified by email if IU Health Bloomington is able to place you in a shadowing experience.  The email will instruct you to make an appointment with the Student Placement Coordinator and to bring documents to verify the mandatory immunization requirements listed in the application.

Are you interested in becoming a doctor or nurse practitioner? At IU Health Bloomington Hospital, we are happy to let you shadow one of these professionals in our facility. Just follow the steps below.

Application Process

Step One

Individuals that desire to follow a physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner must contact the professional directly and obtain a sponsorship. If you are accepted, he/she may determine the duration of the experience. Find a listing of physicians.

Step Two

Once you are accepted by the physician/nurse practitioner, you will need to complete the mandatory steps below before you start your student experience.

  • Complete the Shadowing Application. Write in the healthcare professional’s name in box 2 on page 2.
  • Read the Following Material: Student In-service
  • After you complete the application, contact Student Placement Services for further instructions.

Follow a Physician

Are you interested in becoming a doctor or nurse practitioner? At IU Health Bloomington Hospital, we are happy to let you shadow one of these professionals in our facility. Just follow the steps below.

Application Process

Step One

Individuals that desire to follow a physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner must contact the professional directly and obtain a sponsorship. If you are accepted, he/she may determine the duration of the experience. Find a listing of physicians.

Step Two

Once you are accepted by the physician/nurse practitioner, you will need to complete the mandatory steps below before you start your student experience.

  • Complete the Shadowing Application. Write in the healthcare professional’s name in box 2 on page 2.
  • Read the Following Material: Student In-service
  • After you complete the application, contact Student Placement Services for further instructions.

The staff at the Indiana University Health Bloomington Student Placement Services is ready to assist you. We hope you have found our online information helpful. If you need assistance in completing any of the orientation requirements, please contact us.

Student Placement Services

Phone: 812.353.5527
Fax: 812.353.5447
E-mail: BLM-StudentPlacement@iuhealth.org

Location

Student Placement is in the Human Resources building located behind the hospital at 709 W. 1st St.

709 West First Street
Bloomington, IN 47403

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm

Mailing address:
IU Health Bloomington
Student Placement Services
PO Box 1149
Bloomington, IN 47402

Contact Us

The staff at the Indiana University Health Bloomington Student Placement Services is ready to assist you. We hope you have found our online information helpful. If you need assistance in completing any of the orientation requirements, please contact us.

Student Placement Services

Phone: 812.353.5527
Fax: 812.353.5447
E-mail: BLM-StudentPlacement@iuhealth.org

Location

Student Placement is in the Human Resources building located behind the hospital at 709 W. 1st St.

709 West First Street
Bloomington, IN 47403

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm

Mailing address:
IU Health Bloomington
Student Placement Services
PO Box 1149
Bloomington, IN 47402

Some important information about parking:

For meeting with Student Placement Services coordinator (completion of paperwork, immunization review, and TB testing):  All students may park in front of the Human Resources building at 709 W. 1st Street.

Parking throughout shadowing experience, student internship or clinical rotation:  Specific parking instructions will be given to you during your meeting with the Student Placement Services coordinator.

Parking for Students

Some important information about parking:

For meeting with Student Placement Services coordinator (completion of paperwork, immunization review, and TB testing):  All students may park in front of the Human Resources building at 709 W. 1st Street.

Parking throughout shadowing experience, student internship or clinical rotation:  Specific parking instructions will be given to you during your meeting with the Student Placement Services coordinator.

Clinical Students Questions

Q: After I am accepted, why do I have to read through the Clinical Student Mandatory Information?

A: The mandatory section of this website contains information that has medical, legal, and workplace health and safety implications for anyone working in a IU Health Bloomington facility. The website was created to educate student health professionals about policies, procedures, and workplace expectations that will influence the way a student will conduct themselves while at IU Health Bloomington. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to know about and understand the content of the website.

By signing the Student/Instructor Agreement/Acknowledgement form, you are indicating that the content of this website is both read and understood. While much of the information may be considered “common sense”, a lot of it is specific to IU Health Bloomington and will be new to anyone who has not worked within this hospital.

Finally, if you have not completed the packet prior to beginning your placement, you may find that your access to IU Health Bloomington is delayed.

Q: This is my second placement at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, do I have to read it all again?

A: All paperwork is compliant for one year and must be resubmitted on an annual basis.

Q: Who do I turn the completed packet of forms into when I am finished?

A: Prior to starting your clinical rotations at IU Health Bloomington, each student MUST turn their completed Clinical Student Packet in to their college/university instructor. The instructor is then required to turn the completed packet in to the Student Placement Services office prior to you starting any clinical rotation or observation at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Shadowing & Internship Questions

Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHADOWING AND AN INTERNSHIP?

A: Shadowing is a strictly “observation only” experience that lasts for a period of 24 hours or less. An internship is the experience given to an individual seeking to complete educational program requirements who desires a “limited hands-on” or “project related” experience in one department for a period of more than 24 hours. **Only students who are fulfilling educational program requirements will be considered for internships.

Q: WHAT DEPARTMENTS CAN I CHOOSE FROM TO SHADOW OR COMPLETE MY INTERNSHIP?

A: Many different areas of the hospital are available to students who would like to shadow or complete an internship. For a specific list of areas, please refer to the Student Placement Application.

Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO SHADOW OR INTERN WITH A PHYSICIAN?

A: Individuals who wish to shadow or intern with a physician must contact the physician’s office and obtain a physician sponsorship. Once that has been done, they must contact the Student Placement Services office at 812.353.5527 for further instruction.

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS MY STUDENT PLACEMENT APPLICATION?

A: The length of time may vary for processing depending on the number of applications pending and department activity. We will try to accommodate as many requests as possible while maintaining patient care as our number one priority and providing quality experiences for students.

Q: AFTER I AM ACCEPTED, WHY DO I HAVE TO READ THROUGH THE STUDENT MANDATORY INFORMATION?

A: The mandatory section of this website contains information that has medico, legal, and workplace health and safety implications for anyone working in an IU Health Bloomington facility. The website was created to educate student health professionals about policies, procedures, and workplace expectations that will influence the way a student will conduct themselves while at IU Health Bloomington. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to know about and understand the content of the website.

By signing the Student Agreement/Acknowledgement form, you are indicating that the content of this website is both read and understood. While much of the information may be considered “common sense”, a lot of it is specific to IU Health Bloomington and will be new to anyone who has not worked within this hospital. Finally, if you have not completed the checklist prior to beginning your placement, you may find that your access to IU Health Bloomington is delayed.

Q: THIS IS MY SECOND PLACEMENT AT IU HEALTH BLOOMINGTON, DO I HAVE TO READ IT ALL AGAIN?

A: All interns are required to submit the initial paperwork. If there is a lapse in time of more than one month between your student experiences, you will need to resubmit a new set of paperwork. If your placement moves to another department within the hospital without a lapse, you will not need to fill out new paperwork.

General Questions

Q: WHAT IS TUBERCULOSIS AND THE TWO-STEP TST?

A: TB, or tuberculosis, is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of your body, but they usually attack the lungs. TB is spread through the air from one person to another.

The two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) is an antigen used to aid in the diagnosis of tuberculosis infection. A healthcare worker can give you the TST (formerly PPD Series). The healthcare worker will inject a small amount of testing fluid (called tuberculin) just under the skin on the lower part of your arm. You may have a small bump where the tuberculin was injected. After 2 or 3 days, the healthcare worker will measure this bump and tell you if your reaction to the test is positive or negative. A positive reaction usually means that you have a latent TB infection not TB disease. If you have a positive reaction to the skin test, your doctor or nurse may do other tests (Example: a chest x-ray) to see if you have TB disease. Because the TB bacteria may be found somewhere besides your lungs, your doctor or nurse may check your blood or urine, or do other tests. If you have TB disease, you will need to take medicine to cure the disease.

IU Health Bloomington's Employee Health Services department requires a two-step series (the process mentioned above must be completed twice). 

Q: WHEN CAN I GET THE TST?

A: After you have been notified by Student Placement Services that you have been accepted for your internship or shadowing experience, you are required to meet with the Student Placement coordinator in the IU Health Bloomington Human Resources building. Student Placement offers walk-in hours, so you do not need to make an appointment. You may visit them on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday between 8 am – 9 am or from 1 pm – 2 pm. Human Resources is located at 709 W First Street. You may get your TB test at any facility you choose, but if needed, IU Health Bloomington can administer the TB test for a fee. Student Placement will give you more information on the TB test requirement after your placement has been confirmed.

Q: WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY HAD A TST WITHIN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS?

A: Documentation of the TST must be provided (it must include the date and exact time it was placed and the date and exact time it was read), and this will be counted as the first step. A second step TB may be required.

Q: AS A SHADOWER OR INTERN, DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE TUBERCULOSIS TESTING AND TURN IN IMMUNIZATION RECORDS?

A: Yes, all shadowers and interns are required to meet all the immunization requirements that are listed in the Student Placement Application.

Q: WHAT IS A MMR?

A: MMR is the combined vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella and is usually a childhood vaccination. It is known as the safest way to protect children and adults against these diseases.

Q: WHAT IS RUBELLA IGG?

A: Rubella – commonly known as German measles or 3-day measles – is an infection that primarily affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is caused by the rubella virus (not the same virus that causes measles), which is usually transmitted by secretions from the nose or throat.

Q: WHAT DOES THIS POSITIVE VARICELLA IGG MEAN?

A: This is a blood test in order to determine if a person has antibodies for the chicken pox disease in their system. A positive Varicella IgG means the individual is not susceptible to Chickenpox (Varicella) disease because they have previously had Chickenpox disease.

Q: WHAT IS HEPATITIS B DISEASE?

A: It is caused by the hepatitis B virus that attacks the liver. The virus is transmitted through blood and infected bodily fluids. This can occur through direct blood-to-blood contact, unprotected sex, use of unsterile needles, and from an infected woman to her newborn during the delivery process.

Q: WHERE DO I TURN IN THE COMPLETED STUDENT PLACEMENT PACKET WHEN I AM FINISHED?

A: You may return the packet by email or print and bring in to Student Placement Services located in the IU Health Bloomington Human Resources building located at 709 W First Street. You may contact us at 812.353.5527 or email at BLM-StudentPlacement@iuhealth.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Students Questions

Q: After I am accepted, why do I have to read through the Clinical Student Mandatory Information?

A: The mandatory section of this website contains information that has medical, legal, and workplace health and safety implications for anyone working in a IU Health Bloomington facility. The website was created to educate student health professionals about policies, procedures, and workplace expectations that will influence the way a student will conduct themselves while at IU Health Bloomington. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to know about and understand the content of the website.

By signing the Student/Instructor Agreement/Acknowledgement form, you are indicating that the content of this website is both read and understood. While much of the information may be considered “common sense”, a lot of it is specific to IU Health Bloomington and will be new to anyone who has not worked within this hospital.

Finally, if you have not completed the packet prior to beginning your placement, you may find that your access to IU Health Bloomington is delayed.

Q: This is my second placement at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, do I have to read it all again?

A: All paperwork is compliant for one year and must be resubmitted on an annual basis.

Q: Who do I turn the completed packet of forms into when I am finished?

A: Prior to starting your clinical rotations at IU Health Bloomington, each student MUST turn their completed Clinical Student Packet in to their college/university instructor. The instructor is then required to turn the completed packet in to the Student Placement Services office prior to you starting any clinical rotation or observation at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Shadowing & Internship Questions

Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHADOWING AND AN INTERNSHIP?

A: Shadowing is a strictly “observation only” experience that lasts for a period of 24 hours or less. An internship is the experience given to an individual seeking to complete educational program requirements who desires a “limited hands-on” or “project related” experience in one department for a period of more than 24 hours. **Only students who are fulfilling educational program requirements will be considered for internships.

Q: WHAT DEPARTMENTS CAN I CHOOSE FROM TO SHADOW OR COMPLETE MY INTERNSHIP?

A: Many different areas of the hospital are available to students who would like to shadow or complete an internship. For a specific list of areas, please refer to the Student Placement Application.

Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO SHADOW OR INTERN WITH A PHYSICIAN?

A: Individuals who wish to shadow or intern with a physician must contact the physician’s office and obtain a physician sponsorship. Once that has been done, they must contact the Student Placement Services office at 812.353.5527 for further instruction.

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS MY STUDENT PLACEMENT APPLICATION?

A: The length of time may vary for processing depending on the number of applications pending and department activity. We will try to accommodate as many requests as possible while maintaining patient care as our number one priority and providing quality experiences for students.

Q: AFTER I AM ACCEPTED, WHY DO I HAVE TO READ THROUGH THE STUDENT MANDATORY INFORMATION?

A: The mandatory section of this website contains information that has medico, legal, and workplace health and safety implications for anyone working in an IU Health Bloomington facility. The website was created to educate student health professionals about policies, procedures, and workplace expectations that will influence the way a student will conduct themselves while at IU Health Bloomington. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to know about and understand the content of the website.

By signing the Student Agreement/Acknowledgement form, you are indicating that the content of this website is both read and understood. While much of the information may be considered “common sense”, a lot of it is specific to IU Health Bloomington and will be new to anyone who has not worked within this hospital. Finally, if you have not completed the checklist prior to beginning your placement, you may find that your access to IU Health Bloomington is delayed.

Q: THIS IS MY SECOND PLACEMENT AT IU HEALTH BLOOMINGTON, DO I HAVE TO READ IT ALL AGAIN?

A: All interns are required to submit the initial paperwork. If there is a lapse in time of more than one month between your student experiences, you will need to resubmit a new set of paperwork. If your placement moves to another department within the hospital without a lapse, you will not need to fill out new paperwork.

General Questions

Q: WHAT IS TUBERCULOSIS AND THE TWO-STEP TST?

A: TB, or tuberculosis, is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of your body, but they usually attack the lungs. TB is spread through the air from one person to another.

The two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) is an antigen used to aid in the diagnosis of tuberculosis infection. A healthcare worker can give you the TST (formerly PPD Series). The healthcare worker will inject a small amount of testing fluid (called tuberculin) just under the skin on the lower part of your arm. You may have a small bump where the tuberculin was injected. After 2 or 3 days, the healthcare worker will measure this bump and tell you if your reaction to the test is positive or negative. A positive reaction usually means that you have a latent TB infection not TB disease. If you have a positive reaction to the skin test, your doctor or nurse may do other tests (Example: a chest x-ray) to see if you have TB disease. Because the TB bacteria may be found somewhere besides your lungs, your doctor or nurse may check your blood or urine, or do other tests. If you have TB disease, you will need to take medicine to cure the disease.

IU Health Bloomington's Employee Health Services department requires a two-step series (the process mentioned above must be completed twice). 

Q: WHEN CAN I GET THE TST?

A: After you have been notified by Student Placement Services that you have been accepted for your internship or shadowing experience, you are required to meet with the Student Placement coordinator in the IU Health Bloomington Human Resources building. Student Placement offers walk-in hours, so you do not need to make an appointment. You may visit them on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday between 8 am – 9 am or from 1 pm – 2 pm. Human Resources is located at 709 W First Street. You may get your TB test at any facility you choose, but if needed, IU Health Bloomington can administer the TB test for a fee. Student Placement will give you more information on the TB test requirement after your placement has been confirmed.

Q: WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY HAD A TST WITHIN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS?

A: Documentation of the TST must be provided (it must include the date and exact time it was placed and the date and exact time it was read), and this will be counted as the first step. A second step TB may be required.

Q: AS A SHADOWER OR INTERN, DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE TUBERCULOSIS TESTING AND TURN IN IMMUNIZATION RECORDS?

A: Yes, all shadowers and interns are required to meet all the immunization requirements that are listed in the Student Placement Application.

Q: WHAT IS A MMR?

A: MMR is the combined vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella and is usually a childhood vaccination. It is known as the safest way to protect children and adults against these diseases.

Q: WHAT IS RUBELLA IGG?

A: Rubella – commonly known as German measles or 3-day measles – is an infection that primarily affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is caused by the rubella virus (not the same virus that causes measles), which is usually transmitted by secretions from the nose or throat.

Q: WHAT DOES THIS POSITIVE VARICELLA IGG MEAN?

A: This is a blood test in order to determine if a person has antibodies for the chicken pox disease in their system. A positive Varicella IgG means the individual is not susceptible to Chickenpox (Varicella) disease because they have previously had Chickenpox disease.

Q: WHAT IS HEPATITIS B DISEASE?

A: It is caused by the hepatitis B virus that attacks the liver. The virus is transmitted through blood and infected bodily fluids. This can occur through direct blood-to-blood contact, unprotected sex, use of unsterile needles, and from an infected woman to her newborn during the delivery process.

Q: WHERE DO I TURN IN THE COMPLETED STUDENT PLACEMENT PACKET WHEN I AM FINISHED?

A: You may return the packet by email or print and bring in to Student Placement Services located in the IU Health Bloomington Human Resources building located at 709 W First Street. You may contact us at 812.353.5527 or email at BLM-StudentPlacement@iuhealth.org.