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OU Health Student Learners

As a student learner at OU Health, you benefit from the education and opportunities that only an academic health system can provide. As Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic health system, and with OU Health’s academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, students can grow and learn in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings, including student practicums, internships and residencies and more. You also help fulfill an important component of our mission to educate future healthcare professionals from across Oklahoma and beyond.

Apply, Clear, Experience (ACE)


When you choose to learn and grow at OU Health, you do so alongside professionals who are experts in their field and whose mission is to improve the lives of all Oklahomans. Each student program has a process to ensure more streamlined application, clearance and experience (ACE) while you learn at OU Health.

The ACE model is in place to provide transparency on the steps to complete an experience at OU Health. Transparency to include the location to apply, requirements to clear, and expectations during the educational experience.

Non-OUHSC Student Shadowing at OU Health

If you are 18 years or older and are not a current OU Health Sciences Center student, OU Health has student shadowing opportunities available on a time-limited arrangement of one week or seven calendar days.

Student shadowing gives you an opportunity to observe clinical and/or non-clinical staff for education and development purposes while the OU Health team member carries out their responsibilities at OU Health. This also includes Medical/Dental Resident Shadowing/Observership at OU Health.

Shadows will be reviewed based on their application and matched to a preceptor.

Apply For Non-OUHSc Student shadowing

Non-OUHSC Student Practicums at OU Health

If you are a student at an institution that has an active affiliation agreement with OU Health, you can learn and grow in areas Respiratory Care, Nursing, or Surgical Technician. If you are a student enrolled at an institution other than OU Health Sciences Center that has an active affiliation agreement with OU Health, you can have a hands-on experience to learn and grow from our clinical and/or non-clinical staff.

Apply for non-OUHSC Student practicums

OU Health-administered Internships and Residencies

OU Health-administered internships and residencies include opportunities to learn from experts who work in various settings across the academic health system, including in programs such as chaplaincy/pastoral care and child life.

Apply for OU Health Internships & Residencies

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Learning

At the University of Oklahoma – one of only a few universities in the United States to offer all seven professional health sciences colleges – students and faculty work together across disciplines in pursuit of innovative research and the best in patient care. Learn more about OU Health Sciences Center learning opportunities.

Current OUHSC students interested in beginning their OU Health shadow and practicum experience will reach out to their colleges’ Student Affairs for any questions regarding shadowing or practicums. OUHSC colleges’ Student Affairs will now serve as the central point for your education experience.

Learn More about OUHSC learning

Volunteer at OU Health

Interested in being part of the mission but not as part of a learner experience? Get involved at OU Health as a volunteer at one of our hospitals or facilities in the Oklahoma City metro, including OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center, OU Health Edmond Medical Center, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center.

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Affiliation Agreements

For learning institutions, if you would like to explore a new, amended or extension of an affiliation agreement with OU Health, please click on the button below.

Affiliation Agreements

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