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Student Programs

Gundersen is one of the nation’s premier regional academic health centers training the next generation of healthcare professionals. Hundreds of students pursuing different medical disciplines chose us for their advanced education. Join them.


We view teaching as a responsibility; the responsibility to teach and learn best patient care practices, to teach and learn best patient care experiences, and to teach and learn professionalism. Our world-class hospital in La Crosse, Wis., and regional clinics in a 150-mile radius provide clinical training opportunities for medical, graduate nursing, physician assistant and allied health students. Here, you’ll find options and opportunities for your clinicals, clerkships and more learning experiences.

Our student programs


Medical Students

We invite medical students from UWSMPH and other institutions to pursue training in our distinctive community-based academic environment.

Medical student opportunities
Physician assistant student helping patient through imaging procedure.

Physician Assistant Students

PA students choose Gundersen to advance their education and skills through hands-on experience in physical exams, diagnostics and professional development.

PA student opportunities
Nurse speaking and smiling at patient.

Graduate Nursing Students

Clinical placements at Gundersen give nurses pursuing advanced practice and degrees the opportunity to grow, learn and make a difference in the nursing field.

Graduate nursing opportunities

Allied Health Students

Clinical rotations are available for students pursuing a certificate or degree in dozens of fields, from anesthesia to ultrasound. 

Allied health student opportunities

Job Shadows & Observations

Go behind-the-scenes with a job shadow or observation to experience the lives of clinical and nonclinical healthcare professionals. 

Job shadows and observations
Find a career to love
I had a great experience at Gundersen during my PA student rotations. I was able to learn from different interesting specialties and meet many amazing people. Most importantly, I was able to identify an area of medicine that spoke to me. I loved my elective Cardiology rotation, and I applied to an open position half-way through my rotation. I had such a great experience and knew that I'd love working, learning and growing with this great group of providers. I’m almost a year into the job, and I was definitely right.

What sets us apart

Aerial view of Gundersen's lacrosse campus.

Our system

While we call La Crosse home, our physician-led, integrated system spans 7 hospitals and 65 clinics in neighboring communities.

More about Gundersen

Our culture

We value curiosity, compassionate listening, understanding and appreciation of each other and our unique differences.  

More about our culture

Our city

We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.

More about La Crosse
Contact our team

Explore our Student Program pages for program-specific opportunities and contact information. 

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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