Information for Providers
Thank you for your interest in helping a student. Below are the guidelines for students to complete their observations at St. Luke's.
In addition, please see our best practices guide for teaching students working on their observations.
Information for Students
Thank you for your interest in observing at St. Luke's. Please take time to read through the guidelines for observation and confirm that you meet our criteria and requirements prior to filling out the observer application.
If you do not meet the requirements at this time, there are other opportunities in the medical field, such as:
- High school students can interview a provider about his or her experiences. You'll need to prepare your questions in advance. You might ask about the educational path, why the provider chose his or her area of specialization, what a typical day is like, or what the best aspect of this career is.
- Consider participating in a high school or community college certificate program like CNA, pharmacy tech, or EMT. Many students in these programs complete their clinical hours at St. Luke's.
- Apply to become a junior volunteer at St. Luke's.
- The Association of American Medical Colleges has additional suggestions for aspiring medical professionals.
Guidelines for Observations
Observation hours are an application requirement for many graduate programs. For example, pre-med students are required to observe 40 hours in a clinical setting.
Requirements for Observation
- You must have completed 90 hours or more of your undergraduate program.
- You must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.
- If you are a St. Luke's employee you must be in good standing with your department and human resources.
St. Luke's Observation Process
To schedule an observation, you must contact St. Luke's Student Services and Academic Planning five weeks prior to the start date of your observation.
Prior to submitting an application, you must confirm your start and end dates, the provider you'll be observing, the location, and the total number of hours. If we have not confirmed this information, your application will be rejected. You're allotted up to 80 hours of observation within St. Luke's Health System (SLHS).
If you have any questions, please call (208) 381-1501 and choose prompt 5.
To register for an educational experience with St. Luke's Health System, contact the appropriate coordinator according to your area of study:
- RN, RT, non-clinical internships, professional/technical, and academic development
- PT, OT, speech, audiology, PTA, student events, and high school students
- Medical students, dietetics, imaging, and surgical tech
- Advanced practice, PA, NP, or MSN
- Affiliation agreements, scholarships, MA, LPN, pharmacy, and social work
As part of the observation requirements, you will need to email your coordinator the following documents:
- School transcripts (these can be unofficial)
- Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST): All observers need proof of a TB skin testing with a two-step boosted process unless they test positive or have been medically deferred (to be verified by your primary care provider). TB skin tests must be "read" 48 to 72 hours after placement. The TB test must be valid through the dates of your observation.
- Current SLHS immunization requirements:
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis: Proof of tetanus/diphtheria (Td) and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) vaccination. Health authorities recommend a one-time dose of Tdap vaccine due to the risk of pertussis exposure to themselves or others.
- Hepatitis B vaccine: Proof of hepatitis B vaccination or submission of a statement of declination for hepatitis B vaccination that satisfies OSHA standards.
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR): A titer for rubella/rubeola within the past year, or two rubella/rubeola immunizations. If the titer is negative, you'll need to receive the immunization for rubella/rubeola.
- Influenza: SLHS has changed our flu vaccination requirements, effective October 1, 2015. SLHS will allow a flu vaccination exemption only for strongly held religious beliefs and medical reasons. Personal preference will no longer be available as an option for vaccination refusal. You must provide proof of vaccination of have submitted and been approved for vaccination exemption when picking up your SLHS observer badge. If you are granted an exemption, you'll need to wear a mask for the duration of your observation.
All requirements must be met two weeks prior to your observation start date. If requirements are not met within this time frame, your observation will be canceled. Once all requirements have been met and you've picked up your St. Luke's observer badge, you can report to your observation site.
Note: Operating room observations are not allowed at any of St. Luke's Treasure Valley or Magic Valley locations. Please do not attempt to observe in any of these operating rooms.