Standardized Patient Actor Program


To sign up to become a standardized patient or for more information, contact Clinical Skills Coordinator Linda Eastham, at 304-691-1743 or .

Marshall University’s allied health schools are seeking Standardized Patient Actors to assist in the clinical education of our health care learners.

Summary of job description:

A Standardized Patient Actor is an individual who is under the direct training and close supervision of a clinical educator. A Standardized Patient Actor is someone who accurately and consistently recreates the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional structure and response pattern of a simulated patient case, while interacting with learners of a variety of health care fields. 

Participating locations:

  • Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Program 
  • Graduate Medical Education Programs
  • Other as needed.

Standardized Patient Minimum Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to collaborate cooperatively with learners, faculty, and administrators. Treating all with respect and consideration.
  • Demonstrates a lack of bias towards the healthcare system, the learner, and other individuals they encounter.
  • Demonstrates ability to be instructed by an SP Educator.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills, the ability to use an I-Pad and online scheduling system.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and reliability with scheduling of assignments at different locations.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information related to the case, student behavior and feedback
  • Be of legal status to work in the U.S.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to move all extremities without difficulty, step up and down from the exam table and quickly change into a gown from clothing if needed.
  • Work may be performed in different interior educational locations. Travel accommodation’s will not be provided.
  • Limited to no physical effort required and limited exposure to risk.


Individuals will be able to schedule Standardized Patient Actor activities based on their own availability through our online scheduling system. Set schedules are not available.  Individuals will not have a regular schedule and should not rely on this work as a regular income. Shifts are primarily weekday mornings and afternoons between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Compensation: $15 per hour with paid training if selected.