Shadow Health®

Put the patient at the forefront of the learning experience with high-fidelity screen-based simulations with Shadow Health’s Digital Clinical Experiences™.

Shadow Health is available for undergraduate and graduate nursing, as well as for novice nurses in healthcare organizations.

Why Shadow Health?

Explore how Shadow Health can empower your students to improve patient outcomes in practice:

Undergraduate | Graduate

Core Features

Positive Impact


Through the natural language Conversation Engine™, students use their own words to gather subjective data and provide therapeutic communication.

Physical Exam

Physical Exam

Students gather and interpret objective data to assess their patients’ conditions.

Education and Empathy

Education and Empathy

Students practice therapeutic communication by empathizing with patients to build rapport and providing education to close gaps in health literacy.


Electronic Health Record

Students review existing documentation, write their own, and compare their work to an exemplar’s model note.

Nursing and Health Education

Student Performance Index™

You and your students see immediate, valid, and reliable measurements of clinical reasoning. These measurements include proficiency levels and detailed feedback to identify areas of strength and opportunities for remediation.

Digital Clinical Experiences™

Learn more about the nurse educators behind Shadow Health's simulations.

Bringing Real-World Experience to Simulation Design

Tina, Lucas and Tanner are just three of the Digital Standardized Patients™ that are part of Shadow Health’s simulations for undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

These ​​Digital Clinical Experiences™ are a vital part of the education of more than 700,000 nursing students across the country – giving them the opportunity to practice as often as they need with realistic, simulated patients.

Undergraduate DCEs Graduate DCEs

Research & Articles

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Screen-Based Patient Simulation – An Exemplar for Developing and Assessing Competency

The purpose of this research study was to determine if virtual patient simulation is an effective strategy to assist learners in meeting competencies and sub-competencies outlined in the AACN Essentials.

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NorQuest College Boosts Student Performance and Lowers Faculty Grading Time with Shadow Health

For nursing students, getting a complete health history from a patient is a critical skill that is necessary as a foundation for successful patient care. But leaders at NorQuest College, a publicly funded community college in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, realized that their instruction plan was limiting how students could integrate their learning.

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Learning to Bring Comfort to Patients and Families Through Palliative and Hospice Simulations

Of all the vital functions of nurses, palliative and hospice care is one of the most impactful. When patients are approaching end-of-life situations, the conversations nurses have with both patients and their families are difficult, sensitive, and at times contentious.

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Using the Digital Clinical Experiences™ as Evidence for the Accreditation Process

Learn how Shadow Health’s Digital Clinical Experiences™ can demonstrate high quality education outcomes for nursing programs to use as evidence during the accreditation process.

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The Value of Virtual Patient Scenarios

Learn how virtual patient scenarios like Shadow Health can provide positive clinical judgment skill development for your students. Research suggests that high-fidelity simulations can be more realistic and challenging than traditional methods.

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Measuring Efficiency in Nursing Student Patient Care Skills Using the Digital Clinical Experiences (DCE) ™

Discover how the Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experiences™ help 82% of learners increase efficiency. Our research-backed program helps improve data collection, therapeutic communication, and care planning.