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College Applicants

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

The application deadline for all Summer 2019 college placements, including all shadowing programs, is Friday, March 29, 2019. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest in all of our volunteer programs, we are unable to guarantee placement to every applicant.

How to apply

Complete our online application for college volunteer placements. Supplemental application paperwork, such as unofficial transcripts, resumes and questionaiires, should be e-mailed directly to by the application deadline, or else your application cannot be considered. Please include your last name, first name and desired program in the e-mail subject line.

Once your application is received, your references will be contacted 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.

If you are reapplying, do not complete an application. Please call us at 201-447-8135.

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 provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, German measles and varicella through titers (lab work) or vaccinations
  • Ability to participate in initial and annual TB screenings/education and complete post-tests
  • 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.
  • Ability to provide a Social Security Number.

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.

As hospital parking is limited, all college volunteers must park off-site at 611 Valley Health Plaza and take the shuttle to the hospital campus. Shuttle service is complimentary. Click here for the shuttle schedule.

Shadowing Programs

If you are a rising junior or senior in college (already completed both your freshman and sophomore year) and are seriously focused on a career in medicine, please refer to the following programs that we have available. Freshman and sophomores are not eligible for these programs, but are eligible to volunteer in direct patient care areas, such as the Emergency Department, Transport Department, various nursing units, etc.

For all summer Shadowing Programs, please be sure that all necessary items (listed below for each program) are included with your application.  If any of the items are missing, your application will not be considered. There will be no exceptions. Decisions will be made in May and all students will be notified, if selected.


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, if available, 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, you must submit a College Volunteer Application, a copy of your most recent college transcript and your resume.  All items must be submitted for your application to be considered. 

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 one time during the year, during the Summer. All applicants must be rising junior and senior pre-PA college students. To apply, you must submit a College Volunteer Application, this form and 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, Winter or Spring outside of our official summer rotation program, 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. To apply, you must submit a college transcript and a college volunteer application.



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