Shadowing Opportunities

As a shadow visitor, you will have the opportunity to observe UNC Rehabilitation Therapy practitioners. Due to the high demand for shadow hours, we are limiting all experiences to three (3 hour each) blocks per shadow visitor per calendar year. Shadow opportunities are for undergraduate students only.

View the calendar below to request the discipline/area of practice you would like to observe. Please do not select dates more than 3 months out. Please be aware that the team you select to shadow with may need to cancel and reschedule your appointment depending on the needs of the team and clients on caseloads.

Each team will try to give, but cannot guarantee, you at least 24 hours advanced notice if your session needs to be rescheduled. If we have to reschedule your shadow experience, we will not count that missed session against you. However, if you do not call or no show we will count the missed session as used.

Rules for Shadowing

No cellphone use during patient observations.

Everyone is required to review and follow the hospital’s dress code policy.

We ask that you send an email to

In this email, please include the following:

  • Contact information
    • Name
    • Telephone number
    • Email address
    • A brief statement of intent
  • The dates and times that you would like to shadow (3 only)

You will receive a confirmation email after your shadow experience has been approved. Once you receive this email, you can bring your paperwork (HIPAA training certificate and proof of immunizations) to the Volunteer Services office and pick up your shadowing badge. Please review and complete the instructions on the volunteer page under Requirement and Forms. If you need to cancel, please give us 24 hours notice. To cancel or for information, please reach out to Kristel Maes, Therapy Services Educator, via email. For our department, you do not need to reach out to the preceptor prior to shadowing.

Visit Rehabilitation Therapies Clinical Education to learn more about related opportunities. Please review the list of Shadow Locations and Instructions Upon Arrival. After the completion of your shadow session, you will need to complete this Shadow Confirmation Survey for verification (1 survey per shadow session). Click to find directions to the Rehab Therapy Services office.