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Education at St. Joseph's

Committed to healthcare education.

Education at St. Joseph's

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona is committed to health care education.


Education at St. Joseph’s includes education for medical students through our partnership with Creighton University School of Medicine, post-medical school training through residency and fellowship programs, and through academic partnerships with schools training nursing and allied health students.

Creighton School of Medicine

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is proud to invite the physicians of tomorrow to learn from the finest physicians today. With over 60 years of teaching students, we value your education. St. Joseph’s in Phoenix, Arizona is committed to medical education. Medical education at St. Joseph's includes both education for medical students through our partnership with Creighton University School of Medicine as well as post-medical school training through residency and fellowship programs. Our faculty are training future physicians, today.

Fellowship Programs at St. Joseph's

St. Joseph’s is a teaching hospital – a fact that contributes enormously to the hospital’s medical advances. Our academic environment ensures that our medical staff remains on the cutting edge of medicine, teaching and providing tomorrow’s medicine today. To effectively train future generations of physicians, Barrow faculty members are committed to continually challenging themselves and staying open to new ideas and discoveries.

Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Education

St. Joseph’s collaborates with academic partners to provide clinical education experiences for Dignity Health, Arizona Division. Hands-on clinical experience allows nursing and other health care students to receive practical and relevant training that will give them the skills to function at a high level with confidence and compassion.

All requests for student placements within an Arizona Dignity Health facility are processed through the Learning Institute. Dignity Health requires all academic partners to utilize the My Clinical Exchange (MCE) platform for orienting and preparing students and faculty to fulfill Dignity Health’s facility, regulatory, mission and safety standards and requirements.

St. Joseph’s is committed to teaching the next generation of health care practitioners. Dignity Health AZ has affiliation agreements with selected academic institutions to offer elective clinical rotations with approved preceptors for advanced nurses and physician assistant students.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) clinical rotations with St. Joseph’s providers must be secured through the process of college and university student placement program coordinators networking with the Dignity Health student placement team. School placement coordinators and individual students are not encouraged to contact St. Joseph’s faculty and staff to secure clinical rotations.

Rotation Options

  • Neonatal ICU (NICU)
  • Neuro Rehab
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Employee Health
  • Internal Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Family Medicine/primary care
  • Critical Care/Emergency

The academic institution’s placement coordinator is required to submit completed application request for placement with the required documentation forty-five (45) days prior to the start date of the requested rotation. The application and accompanying documents can be emailed to the clinical placement specialist:

[email protected]

Please note, application submission does not guarantee placement.

Nursing Transition to Practice Program

The Nursing Transition to Practice Program (TPP) at St. Joseph’s works with undergraduate/student nurses throughout the transition to graduate and then to resident. As part of their program, participants develop clinical and professional skills in a nurturing environment that promotes clinical judgment and eases the transition from student to registered nurse (RN) in the workplace. By providing a positive work experience, we foster a commitment and bond to the organization, thereby facilitating the recruitment and retention of nursing professionals at St. Joseph’s. The positions under this program are paid positions and candidates must apply and complete the interview and hiring process. 

Nursing Transition Roles include: 

  • RN Extern – nursing student who has not graduated yet; works alongside an RN preceptor for 2-4 shifts per month
  • RN Resident – licensed Registered Nurse; hired by St. Joseph’s as a new graduate and participates in a one-year residency program

St. Joseph's follows research guidelines indicating that hiring new graduate nurses in cohorts improves retention rates. Therefore, RN Externs and RN Residents are only hired at pre-determined cohort time periods, typically coinciding with academic graduation dates, NCLEX testing operations, St. Joseph's academic partnership programs, and key stakeholder recommendations.

The Nursing TPP Program is designed to work with the other education programs at St. Joseph's, including unit orientation, hospital orientation, 101 courses, and online adjuncts. For any questions regarding our Nursing Residency/Extern Programs, please call 602-406-2220 or email [email protected].

Nursing Continuing Education

The Learning Institute and Simulation Center at St. Joseph’s  is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for CE Provider Accreditation, ensuring our healthcare professionals, academic, and community partners receive education, training, and feedback using evidence-based education practices. We are also accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH) for teaching and education. 

The Learning Institute provides CE credits. Education services eligible for nursing CEs include:

  • Classes, conferences, and symposiums
    • Nursing CEs are most widely used for routine classes, conferences, and symposiums throughout the Arizona Division.  These education activities may occur multiple times per year and only one application is required.
  • In-services and competencies
    • In-services and annual competencies are also eligible for nursing CEs.  It’s a myth that “mandatory education” is not eligible for CE credits.  
  • Meeting and shared governance
    • If learning is happening, then nursing CE credits can be collected.  Don’t hesitate to apply for CEs for your regularly scheduled staff and/or shared governance meetings.

For more information on how to apply for nursing CEs or if you have any questions about Nursing Continuing Education, please contact our Arizona Division Education Administration Office or Lead Nurse Planner at (602) 406-2220 or email ANCC CE Provider Lead Nurse Planner at [email protected].

Being a nurse

At St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center our nurses are part of a vital interdisciplinary team that consist of respiratory therapists, pharmacists, educators, social workers, chaplains, therapists and doctors. Our nursing practice is guided by our nursing vision “today and every day, we will work together with Humankindness for all to advance the science and art of nursing".