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
"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
Kendra Beckin, Care Extender
Choose to Make a Difference
When 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
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 CareExtender@mednet.ucla.edu.
Spring 2016 Recruitment Cycle
Spring 2016 Orientation Sessions
- Orientation sign-ups are now closed. Please check back in March for Spring Orientation sign-ups.
- Dress is casual
- Bring a blue or black pen
- Bring reference name and their phone number
- If you are interested in getting email reminders about upcoming orientations and when the next orientation sign-ups will open, please click here to add your email on the Care Extender emailing list. Please note this is not a link to reserve a spot for orientations, only to sign up on the CE emailing list.
here for map, directions and information about parking for
Spring 2016 Interviews
Interview offers will be extended to a small group of applicants.
Spring 2016 Training Dates
Spring 2016 training will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Volunteering will begin on Monday, May 2, 2016. All accepted Care Extenders are required to be
available for training day at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Care Extender Program
1250 Sixteenth Street
Santa Monica, California 90404
Click here for map and directions