Standardized Patient Program

The Simulation Center at UNT Health Science Center has a Standardized Patient Program which provides students with opportunities to develop their clinical skills.

Standardized Patients (SPs) are people who have been trained to reliably and consistently portray healthcare problems and then to evaluate students who examine them. The SP accurately and consistently recreates the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional responses of an actual patient and/or a patient’s significant other. They may critique student interviewing, physical examination and interpersonal skills, and provide feedback to the students. Standardized Patients generally put in several hours of training and rehearsal for each case before working with learners. Training includes an introduction to the project, as well as learning how to assume a new identity, work with students, and evaluate them after the visit. Standardized Patients are compensated for their time/participation.

Become a standardized patient

If you live in the Fort Worth/Dallas metropolitan area and have a flexible schedule, you could become a Standardized Patient. People who make the best SPs typically enjoy performing, are observant, are good listeners, have strong communication skills, and are reliable and punctual. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Standardized Patients.


Pay ranges for training and project participation depend on the complexity of the educational process and physical examinations. Parking permits for all standardized patient projects are provided. Standardized Patients receive their compensation in the form of a debit card, which can be reloaded each time they participate in a project. Hours worked will be tallied weekly and payment will be made once a month.

This page was last modified on July 1, 2019