Care Extender Program

Welcome Prospective Care Extender!

The Care Extender Program provides opportunities for volunteers to experience health care from a clinical perspective through patient contact and volunteer involvement. Care Extenders are trained to assist Medical Center staff, who, in turn, are able to share their personal experiences with their volunteers.

Time spent in the program proves invaluable because it provides each Care Extender with "in-the-trenches" experience in a real hospital setting. Care Extenders are respected as professional members of a patient care team. As a result, they gain an insiders' understanding of the operations of the hospital - an experience which helps them determine their specific course for future studies.

"Working as a Care Extender has made me aware of the many opportunities in medical careers. Labor and Delivery was such a powerful experience for me. It doesn't matter how many biology or physiology classes you take; they just can't prepare you for the experiences I've had since joining this program. The commitment I made to this program is the smartest decision I've made in my college career."
Kendra Beckin, Care Extender

Choose to Make a Difference

UCLA Care Extender ProgramWhen you choose to volunteer at UCLA Health, you become a vital part of a vibrant healthcare resource in the heart of West Los Angeles. We are rich with history, innovation and achievement. Science in the laboratory becomes practice at the bedside, pioneering medical techniques are advances, and lives are transformed.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone age 18 and older, currently attending college or already have a degree is eligible to become a Care Extender. Our volunteers include pre health care majors and people looking for a career change who want to help make the lives of others more comfortable. We also offer special volunteer staff opportunities for students who are looking to get more involved. What our volunteers have in common is that they want to be challenged, and in rising to those presented challenges, create a world of difference in for our health system. Click here to read past and present Care Extender testimonials. You can also check out the Care Extender Program video for more testimonials from current student Care Extender volunteers and past Care Extenders who have gone onto medical school and practicing medical physicians.

What is the time commitment?

A minimum of a one-year commitment, volunteering four hours a week. Working with a department coordinator, each Care Extender will design a schedule that best fits his or her availability. Every Care Extender is also required to complete a bonus greeters rotation along with their main department during their first rotation.

How do I get started?

Attend a mandatory orientation to complete an application. Orientation sessions are held once a quarter, typically every January, April, July and October, and are attended by reservation only. If selected, attend an interview session. Upon acceptance into the program, you must attend two mandatory training sessions. You will also need to get CPR certified by the American Heart Association, complete a 2-step TB test and have proof of MMR vaccination and varicella vaccination or titer.

What if I have further questions?

If you have further questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) under "Prospective Applicants". If you have questions regarding why you did not receive an acceptance/rejection email after the specified time given at orientations, please email

Upcoming Spring 2015 Recruitment Cycle

Upcoming Spring 2015 Orientation Sessions

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Upcoming Spring 2015 Interviews

Winter 2015 Interviews are now over. All interviews for prospective Care Extenders will be held at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Specific room locations will be sent to prospective Care Extenders at a later date.

Upcoming Spring 2015 Training Dates

Winter 2015 Training is now over.

All accepted Care Extenders are required to be available for both Sundays for training. One training day will be held at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and one training day at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. You will be informed after interviews which hospital you will report to for each training day. You will be attending your department meeting after the second training day, so make sure to leave that day as free as possible.

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Care Extender Program
1250 Sixteenth Street
Santa Monica, California 90404

(424) 259-8165

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