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Mailing Address:
The Valley Hospital
223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

College Applicants

Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities at The Valley Hospital!

The application deadline for all summer 2016 placements, including all shadowing programs, is Friday, April 22nd, 2016. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest in our volunteer programs, we are unable to guarantee placement to every applicant.
**For students applying to Physician Assistant (PA) Shadowing, please be sure that your application includes all three necessary items (see bottom of page) to ensure consideration; if any one of the items are missing, your application will not be considered. Decisions will be made in May, and all students will be notified.


How to apply:

Kindly download the College Volunteer Application here. Once downloaded, please print and fill out the full packet, including listing the contact information for three valid references, and mail to:

Volunteer Department, ATTN: Kaitlyn Hipshman
The Valley Hospital
223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone: 201-447-8135
Fax: 201-447-8484

Once received, your references are mailed out and your application is reviewed. If you do not hear from us immediately, we do not have an assignment that matches your availability, interest, and skill set at this time, but will continue to keep your application on file for consideration as new positions become available.

Assignments are based on individual interests, skills, and the needs of The Valley Hospital and Valley Home Care. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend positions are available.

Things You Need to Know:

Minimal requirements of all volunteers include:

  • Ability to understand and communicate clearly.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to give and follow direction.
  • Ability to satisfactorily meet the requirements of the position.
  • Ability to participate in annual TB screenings/education and complete post-tests.
  • Ability to respond promptly and appropriately to customer requests.
  • Ability to respond effectively in an emergency and offer assistance as necessary.
  • Ability to project a positive outlook and willingness to help as needed.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to commit to at least six months of service.

Applicants who are invited to join our program must receive favorable references and pass a criminal background check. Before starting an assignment, you will need to be oriented to the hospital policies and procedures, fulfill mandatory health requirements, and complete a self-learning education module.

If you are a college student who has already completed your freshman and sophomore year and are seriously considering a career in medicine, please refer to the following programs that we have available. *Placements are not guaranteed.*

Physician Shadowing (PSP):
A position designed to allow medically-minded students an opportunity to gain exposure and experience in their intended fields of study. Students are selected to shadow a physician in an area of their interest, where they gather a truthful understanding of an operational healthcare environment while identifying the needs of patients and families, assisting as needed. This is a year-round program in which rising junior and senior pre-med college students are selected after careful consideration. To apply, please submit a College Volunteer Application and a copy of your resume.

Physician Assistant (PA) Shadowing:
A position designed to allow students aspiring to explore the role of a physician assistant in a healthcare setting. Students observe clinical procedures in both surgical and non-surgical settings, shadow healthcare professionals, and gain an understanding of patient cases in the respective rotation focuses. This program is available two times during the year: during Winter Break, and throughout the Summer. All applicants must be rising junior and senior pre-PA college students. To apply, please fill out this form and a College Volunteer Application, and submit the most recent copy of your college transcript for consideration. Your application will not be considered unless you meet the school requirement and all forms are handed in together. This is a highly competitive program, and acceptance is not guaranteed.

**If you are interested in shadowing a PA during the Fall or Spring outside of our rotation programs, please indicate that on your regular volunteer application. college volsPositions will be filled based on availability. All the same forms and requirements for the formal program still stand for general PA shadowing applications.** 

Nurse Shadowing:
A position designed to allow students an opportunity to shadow alongside a nurse in their desired specialty, if available. Students will learn about the operation of a healthcare environment and gain an understanding of the needs of patients and families.



EMT Students: If you are looking to complete your 10 required observation hours in our Emergency Department, please contact Kaitlyn Hipshman at to schedule your hours.

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