Shadowing Opportunities

All shadow visitors previously scheduled and any future shadow requests are being paused until post COVID-19 to ensure patient safety.

The shadow program will pause scheduling any new requests for shadowing beginning, March 5, 2020 and will resume post COVID-19. Please check back in a few weeks. Updates will be posted here.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us ensure we are providing a safe and healing environment for our patients.

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.

How to request a shadow session:

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.

Send an email to
In this email, please include the following:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
  • A brief statement of intent
  • The dates and times that you would like to shadow (no more than 3)

How to prepare for your shadow visit:

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. For our department, you do not need to reach out to the preceptor prior to shadowing.

Please review the list of Shadow Locations and Instructions Upon Arrival. Click to find directions to the Rehab Therapy Services office.

After the completion of your shadow session, you will need to complete this Shadow Confirmation Survey for verification (1 survey per shadow session).

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.