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 Graduate Student Opportunities


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Graduate students have opportunities within the Marshfield Clinic Health System to utilize state-of-the-art electronic medical records, see multiple types of patients and interact with many different styles of practice.

These opportunities can take place at more than 60 locations throughout our system. From the Northwoods to the Chippewa Valley to Central Wisconsin to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Marshfield Clinic Health System has learning opportunities for many types of graduate students.

Physician Assistant​​

A physician assistant (PA) is a licensed health care professional who provides cares for patients in primary, specialty, surgical and long-term care practices under the supervision of a licensed physician.  
PA's can take patient medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. A PA-C (physician assistant-certified) is a graduate of an accredited post-baccalaureate program who has completed an average of 26 months of additional classroom and clinical training and passed a national certification board exam.  
Physician assistant students (PA-S) have completed a bachelor degree in science and typically have an average of three years of health care experience prior to beginning a program. See Physician Assistant Student Opportunities for more information.​​

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Audiology is a rewarding health care profession involving the evaluation and rehabilitative management of persons with hearing and/or balance disorders. It is a four year, post baccalaureate degree to prepare individuals for the professional practice of Audiology.

The Speech Pathology Department offers semester-long externships and practicum to university students in their second year of graduate school.  Students will get fully supervised, hands-on experience with evaluation and treatment of patients with a wide variety of diagnoses in the inpatient and outpatient setting.


Pharmacists do more than simply dispense medication. They offer instruction to patients and physicians on usage and side effects of medications. 

They are trained in the proper use of medications and advise patients and physicians about selection, proper dosages, side effects and possible interactions with other medications. Registered pharmacists are required to receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in pharmacy which takes 5 years. 

A Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires at least 6 years of study and does not include a bachelor degree. To obtain the required license, pharmacists must graduate from an accredited college of pharmacy, pass a state exam and complete an internship under a licensed pharmacist.


Optometrists, known as doctors of optometry (O.D.’s), examine and test eyes to detect vision problems, abnormalities and diseases. They prescribe corrective lenses and/or procedures to fix or improve vision problems. They also may prescribe medications to treat diseases of the eye.

Physical T​herapy

Physical therapists are primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention.

Marshfield Clinic is affiliated with several universities to offer many types of graduate students opportunities to enhance their education at its sites. Student experiences are usually arranged by their program’s clinical coordinators. Before Marshfield Clinic provides these experiences to students, eligibility requirements must be approved by the Division of Education.

Do not assume an educational request has been approved until you have received confirmation from Marshfield Clinic Division of Education. If you have questions, please contact an Division of Education program specialist.​