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 gain first-hand experience on the role of healthcare providers by volunteering in various departments throughout the medical centers. 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 insider's 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

Terry Rinder Care Extender

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?

Applicants must be 18 or over. They should be currently enrolled in college or someone who already holds an accredited degree to be eligible to become a Care Extender. If you are already a part of a volunteer program at UCLA you will be asked to complete your commitment with them before you are able to join a second program. Please keep this in mind when applying to volunteer. Our volunteers include pre-healthcare majors and people looking for a career change who want to help make the lives of others more comfortable. We also offer special volunteer leadership 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 our health system.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment is 4 hours a week for one year. 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 for a total of six hours a week.

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 a full day mandatory training session. You will also need to get CPR certified by the American Heart Association, complete a TB screening 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 [email protected] and if you have not heard back within 48 hours, contact Moryel Yashar at [email protected].

Fall 2022 Recruitment Cycle

The Fall 2022 Recruitment Cycle for the Care Extender Program is now live! Due to COVID restrictions, orientation will be held via Zoom and interviews will be held in person. Please be sure to download the Zoom app onto your desktop or laptop. Please see below for more information for each event. 


There will be two orientation sessions available for sign up. Orientation will be held remotely via Zoom on Tuesday, September 27th from 3pm - 4pm and 7pm- 8pm. Zoom link will be provided to those who sign up to attend an orientation at noon on Tuesday September 27th. Please note that space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. CLICK HERE to sign up for orientation. There will not be a waitlist. Continue to monitor the link in the event someone drops out. 


Please sign in to the zoom on time via desktop or laptop. Be sure to be in a location that has strong internet connectivity. Late arrivals will not be admitted into the Zoom. We will spend the first hour presenting about the program. Be prepared to complete the application during the orientation session. Applications will be due no later than 6AM on Wednesday, September 28th. Any applications submitted past that time will not be graded. Application link will be emailed to only orientation attendees by 8pm.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Deadline to submit applications: Wednesday, September 28 at 6 AM.

Interview acceptance emails:  Friday, September 30th.

Interviews will be held in person at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital: Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th. 

Program acceptance emails: Friday, October 7th. 

Deadline to submit all items required (background check, trainings, health clearance and forms): Wednesday, November 2nd. 

Training Day will be held in person on Sunday, November 6th.

Rotation begins: Monday, November 14th.

Future Recruitment Cycles

Winter: Week of January 9th

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions Coordinator, Moryel Yashar, at [email protected] with any further questions or concerns.

We hope you all continue to remain safe and healthy during this time.

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

(424) 259-8165