Short-Term Observation

SCF provides a wide range of health and wellness services for Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and nearby villages. We also provide regional support to residents of 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit. SCF’s Nuka System of Care is created, managed and owned by Alaska Native people.

Observation rotations are limited to 40 hours in a calendar year, though due to the high number of requests received, the number of hours available is at the discretion of the department. Please be advised that housing and transportation are not provided for Student and Observer Experiences at Southcentral Foundation.

SCF provides limited opportunities for students to follow medical providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienist, nurses, certified medical assistants and more.

Due to customer-owner (patient) privacy, observations for Behavioral Health will not include clinical observation, but provide an opportunity to talk with a provider.

Southcentral Foundation considers the health and well-being of the community a top priority. We have been closely monitoring COVID-19 updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as state and local governments.

Due to recent events, we were informed by leadership that current observation rotations are being postponed. This affects the Student Experience Program’s ability to accept new applications but will update this website as soon as we receive clearance from leadership to resume observations.