Standardized Patient Program

Welcome to the Standardized Patient Program at Grand Valley State University. Our Standardized Patient Program offers students experiential learning opportunities designed to enhance self-confidence and facilitate the development of skills essential to outstanding clinical practice and safe patient care.

We recruit and employ individuals who have the ability to portray patients with many different conditions and emotional states in both inpatient and outpatient simulated settings.  Standardized patient events offer students the opportunity to practice communication and physical assessment skills in a safe environment and further their development as emerging health care professionals.  Standardized Patients (SPs) are also utilized in the testing and evaluation of students and are coached to be able to effectively provide meaningful feedback to students verbally or through a written feedback tool.

The GVSU Standardized Patient Program currently serves students from many academic programs which include Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, Therapeutic Recreation, Speech and Communication Disorders, Clinical Dietetics and Social Work.

Additionally, the Standardized Patient Program recruits and employs children from 15 days to 18 years old in order to provide students with pediatric learning experiences.  Students are able to practice many different assessments such as speech, developmental, physical fitness, and physical examinations with our pediatric standardized patients.  Parents are required to attend events with their children and remain in attendance at all times. For further program specifics please click on the FAQ section to the left.

Our Standardized Patient Team is proud of the work we do to enhance our student’s learning opportunities.  Our events are held year round during the day, evenings and on Saturdays.  Most standardized patients (SPs) work 4-5 times a semester.  SPs (adult and children) are hired as temporary employees of the university and paid an hourly wage.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Request Additional Information

To request additional information regarding the Standardized Patient Program, either adult or child, please contact Cindy Bartman.

Become a Standardized Patient

Interested in signing up your as a Standardized Patient?  Fill out the Child Standardized Patient application and email it to the Simulation Center Specialist.

We currently do not have any openings in the Adult Standardized Patient Program. 


The Role Call Newsletter

The GVSU Standardized Patient Program publishes a newsletter once each semester known as the "Role Call". This publication contains updates on the program and is used as a tool to communicate and share information. Please consider making a contribution to our next edition, the program is continually accepting submissions so if you discovered a great recipe, read a good book, took an exciting vacation, or if you would like to write about an experience you have had as a Standardized Patient here at GVSU, please contact Cindy Bartman and we will save you some space in the next edition - the deadline for Spring/Summer edition is July 15, 2017. Previously published editions can be found to the right!

Roll Call Newsletter Editions

Fall 2014

Winter 2015

Spring/Summer 2015

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

A faculty member with the GVSUOccupational Therapy program works with a student during a Standardized Patient event

A faculty member with Grand Valley's Occupational Science & Therapy program works with a student during a Standardized Patient event

Page last modified September 29, 2017