In Shadow Health’s Health Assessment course, students practice their communication, physical assessment, and documentation skills through their care of Digital Standardized Patient Tina Jones, as well as several other patients across the lifespan.



Esther Park is a 78-year-old woman who usually enjoys good health but is currently having abdominal pain and reports having trouble going to the bathroom. When students perform a focused abdominal exam to explore her past medical history, they can uncover a detailed reproductive and surgical history.

Features of the Digital Clinical Experience

Single System Examination

Shadow Health’s patient cases are designed for both novice and expert students to practice communicating with and examining patients. The Advanced Health Assessment patient case is a series of single-system examinations of Tina Jones during several clinic visits over the course of a simulated year, which students have found useful in preparing for their clinicals. This case also provides students with the opportunity to document their findings to assist in synthesizing the data they have discovered during the interaction.

Focused Exams

Each of these focused exams covers a different chief complaint providing students opportunities to examine multiple body systems. During each Digital Clinical Experience, students may perform a focused respiratory, abdominal, or cardiovascular exam to explore related systems and symptoms, and practice communicating with patients about their health, home life, and cultural beliefs.

Concept Labs

Concept labs are immersive tutorials that illustrate complex topics. Concept labs include examples of real body sounds and realistic, 3D anatomical body models to compare and contrast normal and abnormal findings. The interactive interface of these concept labs can be used to explore body systems at an in-depth level. These experiences bring classroom concepts to life.

Immediate Feedback

Each assignment provides students with immediate feedback and gives faculty the opportunity to review both individual student and class performance on each simulation. Our Results Book allows for flexible grading strategies and provides students with multiple areas of feedback including model answers and documentation.

Quality Matters Certified

Quality Matters (QM) is an international, US-based non-profit organization specializing in standards, processes, and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. QM tools and resources are regularly revised to reflect current standards and best practices. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.

Mapped To

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Baccalaureate Essentials

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Practical Standards & Criteria

Associate Standards & Criteria

Baccalaureate Standards

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing / Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières

National Nursing Education Framework

National League for Nursing

CNEA Accreditation Standards

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses



This program really can help me in the real world of interviewing clients. I wouldn't have gotten this education in any other fashion like this program before going out into the real world for interviews. I am so thankful for this program.

ADN Student / University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville

Shadow Health helped me assess patients in a virtual environment that will help me in real world situations.

BSN Student / University of Texas at Arlington

Helps to prepare the students to interact with the patients in the real world.

BSN Student / University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston

The simulations are phenomenal in assisting what we should ask patients and allows us to think critically.

RN-BSN Student / Grand Canyon University

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