About The 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 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.

Click here for map, directions and information about parking for orientation

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

(424) 259-8165

Click here for map and directions