Riverside Clinical Rotation is a one-stop-shop for students searching for a way to complete school required practicums, externships, and job shadowing. We are focused on elevating student experiences at the many facilities in the Riverside Health System through exemplary onboarding, student success initiatives and igniting students’ interests in health careers. It is our mission to educate, equip and elevate students during their experience to be the change in the future healthcare workforce.

We provide many learning opportunities to approximately 3,000 students from all over the country in areas both Clinical and Non-Clinical Studies. We look forward to fully becoming the next stop on your journey and serving all students across our system

For more information, please contact our office at [email protected].

Student Experiential Learning - Unpaid Nonclinical internships 

If you are at least 18 years old and currently enrolled in college in good standing looking for a learning experience that does not fall under a University and/or course requirement or wanting to learn more about your current field. Please visit the Riverside Health System Internship website for more details. 

Request an Education Enrichment Experience

Any student that participates in a clinical rotation or preceptorship within Riverside Health System, must have an Affiliation Agreement*  in place between their attending institution and Riverside Health System. If your institution does not have an affiliation agreement with Riverside Health System, please contact the Education and Clinical Coordinator, Kristen Long. The average time to process an Affiliation Agreement can take between 6 to 8 weeks prior to your clinical rotation or preceptorship.

For most programs, once an Affiliation Agreement is on file:

Student Compliance Items

Students are required to complete or provide the following items. 

  • Proof of criminal history background check that includes: 
    • Virginia Statewide Criminal Records
    • Residency History & Social Security Alert
    • National Record Indicator (Criminal Records & Nationwide Sex Offender Registry)
    • Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry (FACIS Level III) databases
    • Nationwide Federal Criminal Records
  • Date of Birth
  • Last 4 digits of Social Security Number
  • College/University contact person's name and email address

  • Mandatory Computer Learning
  • CPR Certification – American Red Cross and American Heart Association accepted. The CPR training must be for health care providers or professional rescuers.
  • Proof of License/Certification Verification for post-entry graduate or doctoral nursing students.

Negative Urine Drug Screen

  • Proof of a negative 12-panel urine drug screen which checks for the presence of 12 highly addictive prescription drug metabolites that are easily accessible to health care professionals including:
    • Amphetamines
    • Barbiturates
    • Benzodiazepines
    • Marijuana
    • Cocaine
    • Opiates (Codeine, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Morphine, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphone)
    • Phencyclidine
    • Methadone
    • Propoxyphene
    • Fentanyl, Meperidine, Tramadol
    • TestSure Adulterant Panel - simple method development with a powerful algorithm to ensure detection, identification, and estimation of concentration of materials which have been fraudulently or accidentally introduced into a product.

Tetanus Booster

  • Tetanus booster within past ten years (td or Tdap)

MMR Vaccines

  • Two measles, mumps & rubella (MMR) immunizations (or titers proving immunity)

Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis B (HBV)3-vaccine immunization series completed or in progress OR: Heplisav (HepB-CpG) 2-vaccine series – This vaccine requires a positive titer (anti-HBs ≥10 mIU/ml) to prove immunity.


  • Two varicella (chickenpox) immunizations (or titers proving immunity)

Tuberculosis Screening: Proof of an immunity has been provided to my school. Check method of proof of immunity:

  • Negative IGRA test results from either (1) QuantifFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) or (2) T-SPOT®B test (T-Spot)
  • Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Tests (TST) according to the protocols bulleted below.
    • 2-TSTs within the past 12 months (initial placement only) of placement application.
    • TST must not expire prior to the end of the learning experience.
    • For previous positive TST / IGRA, documentation of a negative chest x-ray subsequent to the positive TST. An updated TB Screening Questionnaire Documentation Form (RHS-EXT-503.H) must be submitted with each placement application.
  • Following initial placement, students will be required to submit an updated TB Screening Questionnaire Documentation Form (RHS-EXT-503.H) with each placement application.

NOTE: A copy of current proof of immunity or current TST to be carried at all times while at a Riverside facility.


  • Annual Influenza vaccination has been completed and provided to my school. Only intramuscular or intradermal vaccine will be accepted.
  • Fall semester: Completed by November 1st. (Flu vaccine administered prior to August 1st will not meet this requirement.)
  • Spring semester: Completed prior to the first day assigned to an RHS facility.
  • Summer semester (May 1-August 30): No influenza vaccination required.

NOTE: A copy of the flu vaccination documentation to be carried at all times while at a Riverside facility (during fall and spring semesters).

COVID-19 Vaccination Series

  • COVID-19 2-dose series vaccination required.

NOTE: Original COVID-19 vaccination record to be carried at all times while at a Riverside facility.

Next Steps

Your supervisor/preceptor’s information can be found in the initial email you receive from the Education Scheduling Liaison. Once you are cleared, connect with your supervisor/preceptor and/or your university faculty to find out:

  • Your start time
  • Where you should report
  • Dress code expectations
  • Professionalism expectations
  • Student access to the electronic medical record (assigned to approved RHS programs)  

Frequently Asked Questions

The application process can take between 3 to 5 business days to complete if all necessary paperwork and requirements have been received.

Your application is valid until the end date on your student placement application.

All request for clinical rotation must be received 30 days prior to the start date listed on the application.  The application must be completed and received by the Education and Clinical Contracting department no later than 15 days prior to the start date. 
Yes, employees must complete the same process.

If you are completing another rotation within the same calendar year, you will have to submit the first page of the application with the updated learning experience.

If it is a new calendar year, a full application has to be completed. 

An email confirmation will be sent to you, your clinical coordinator and preceptor once the application has been approved.

All students must wear their student badges when they are scheduled for their clinical rotation or job shadowing assignment.

Programs will automatically be assigned necessary computer access. Any additional security /facility access must be requested from the Protection office


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