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Student Experience at Rice Hospital

Rice Memorial Hospital is a hospital dedicated to the
education of those entering the field of health care. Rice is licensed for 136 beds and provides care to over 220,000 patients.

With a service area that encompasses 14 counties of West Central and SouthwestMinnesota, Rice is an excellent clinical setting for many students.

There are more than 30 medical specialties represented in our area. Professional staff at Rice Hospital work together and support each other in a collaborate practice to provide high quality patient care.

  • Clinical Experience
  • Nursing Students
  • Dental Students
  • Pharmacy Students
  • Job Shadowing

Clinical Experience at Rice

Rice Memorial Hospital offers clinical experiences for students who are enrolled in various health services majors at their college or university.

It is an opportunity for the student to participate in a learning environment, under the direction of a preceptor. Students who wish to participate in this experience must; satisfy the requirements and; obtain approval from their college or university as well as Rice Memorial Hospital.

The sponsoring school and the student are responsible for providing all the required information to the Nursing & Patient Education Coordinator prior to the start of the clinical experience.

Coordinator information:
Jan Nelson, MA, RN
at jnel@rice.willmar.mn.us or 320.231.8959

Clinical Requirements for College Student Rotations:

  • Immunizations
  • Flu Vaccine
  • Mantoux Screening (TB)
  • Proof of license
  • Documentation from program leader at college/university
  • Criminal background check
  • Current CPR certification
  • Picture ID
  • Current contract with school
  • Current proof of Liability Insurance
  • Objectives of clinical experience
  • Rice Hospital Orientation Packet
  • Infection Control quiz
  • Specify number of hours to be completed in experience
  • Confidentiality statement
  • ID badge
  • Complete an evaluation


Summer Nursing Student Internship

internRice Memorial Hospital is dedicated to the education of students entering healthcare fields. Rice is licensed for 136 and serves communities in a 14-county area of West Central and Southwest Minnesota.

There are over 30 medical specialties represented in our area. Professional staff at Rice Hospital work together and support each other in a collaborate practice to provide high quality patient care.

This program runs for ten weeks, from June to August. Interns will be scheduled 64 hours per two-week pay period. Interns will work the same hours as their preceptor (8-hour or 12-hour shifts), including rotating shifts and weekends.

Get more information...

Rice Regional Dental Clinic

The Rice Regional Dental Clinic is a collaborative effort between Rice Memorial Hospital and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in order to educate dental students.

The Dental Clinic is equipped with ten dental chairs and state-of-the-art dental equipment. Four dental students, one dental therapy student, one pediatric dental resident, and two dental hygiene students spend a one-month rotation through the clinic on a year-round basis.

For more information about Rice Regional Dental Clinic contact:

Linda.Jackson@rice.willmar.mn.us
320.214.2620 or
1.877.214.2611

Pharmacy Students

Rice Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Department offers both internship and externship programs for eligible pharmacy students.

Students are offered externship rotations at Rice in general hospital practice and ambulatory care. Externships are available for pharmacy students during the entire year. An internship is usually offered every summer and is a paid position.

For more information on pharmacy student experiences, contact:

Kris Cervin, Pharm. D.
kcer@rice.willmar.mn.us or
320.231.4250

Clinical student examples are:

  • SNRA - student nurse anesthetists (CNS)
  • Surgical Tech
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy
  • PA - Physician Assistant
  • Advanced practice RN
  • MSW/SW - Master in Social Work, Social Work
  • Dietitian
  • Nursing - RN students from BSN, BAN programs
  • Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Pharmacy

Job Shadowing

Rice Memorial Hospital (Rice) provides job shadowing opportunities for students who are interested in a healthcare profession.  Students experience a healthcare professional’s job by following a Rice employee and observing how patient care is provided.

To set up a job shadowing experience at Rice, students need to contact the Rice Job Shadow Coordinator, Matt Zupke at (Matthew.Zupke@rice.willmar.mn.us) to arrange the experience and obtain the necessary paperwork.  

  • The appointment should be set up through the job shadow coordinator.
  • Students should be a high school junior or higher.
  • The suggested time spent shadowing is at least two hours and no more than eight hours.

There will be additional information sent out after the coordinator has been contacted.  The information will cover Standards of Excellence, Privacy & Confidentiality, and Infection Control.  A signature is required for each section; a parent’s signature is required for anyone under the age of 18.  These guidelines are designed to give a quality job shadowing experience while ensuring that Rice Hospital continues to provide the highest level of care to our patients.

For more information about job shadowing opportunities at Rice contact:

Matt Zupke
Matthew.Zupke@rice.willmar.mn.us
or 320.231.4232



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