The High School Patient Care Nurse Assistant (PCNA) Internship Program offers students an opportunity to provide hands-on patient care in a hospital environment. The Center for Nursing Career Exploration (CNCE) partners with local high schools to coordinate and facilitate a safe, educational internship program for their students interested in nursing. The students are trained by skilled nurse educators before their first day on the unit. They are then paired with a trained nurse on the unit who will oversee all the skills and care that is provided by the student. This experience is meant to offer students who are interested in healthcare the opportunity to provide patient care and assist in their career exploration efforts.

Academic institution requirements

  • Career technical program.
  • Signed academic affiliation agreement with Cleveland Clinic.
  • Contact information for the school's academic program director.

Student requirements

  • Junior/senior in high school.
  • Completion of SilkRoad onboarding process prior to the start date of internship, some attestations from academic program director required. Onboarding tasks include:
    • Update and verify personal information.
    • Review and acknowledge Cleveland Clinic enterprise-wide policies.
    • Review Cleveland Clinic mission, vision and values.
    • Complete Conditions of Use form.
    • Complete background release form (ages 18+).
    • Complete Health Requirement Attestation.
    • Submit proof of negative tuberculosis test (two-step Mantoux or QuantiFERON blood test) from the last 12 months.
    • Complete confidentiality agreement.
    • Complete MyLearning coursework.
    • Obtain ID badge.

Contact us

If you are a career technical program director/instructor looking to collaborate with our team, or have questions please reach out to us at NursingExploration@ccf.org.

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