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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Health Care Serve & Learn Experience

In addition to our regular college volunteer program, we offer the Health Care Serve & Learn Experience. As a participant, you will gain valuable experience by committing to volunteer at least six hours per week for a total of 72 hours in a semester.  In return, you receive the opportunity to meet with a professional such as a:

  • physician
  • nurse
  • medical imaging technician
  • physical therapist
  • occupational therapist
  • lab technician

Space is very limited, so apply early.

Earn college credit

It may be possible for volunteers participating in this program to earn college credit for this experience. It is each student's responsibility to coordinate all details with his/her college for college credit.

Volunteer opportunities

Guest Services

Patient Services

Support Services

  • Special projects


Volunteer Placement Process

To begin your volunteer experience, take these steps:

  • 1. Complete an online application.




  • 2. Once your application is received, you will get an email with upcoming orientation dates. Please respond to the email indicating which orientation date you would like to attend.


  • 3. Once you have selected an orientation date, you will be notified within three business days if you need to complete any additional forms. Some applicants may need to complete a health clearance form. All junior applicants will need to submit a letter of recommendation.


  • 4. Attend an orientation session.


  • 5. Complete a required health screen. This can be done at Abbott Northwestern (no charge) or by your physician.


  • 6. Complete an onboarding shift (information will be provided at orientation).


  • 7. Begin volunteering at Abbott Northwestern!