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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 9 hours per week for an entire semester.  In return, you receive the opportunity to meet with a professional such as a:

  • physician
  • nurse
  • medical imaging technician
  • physical therapist (may complete a new volunteer shadow shift)
  • 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

  • Lobby
  • Emergency Department
  • Surgical Waiting Rooms
  • Patient Discharge, Patient Escort & Flower Delivery
  • Gift shop

Patient services

Support services

  • Special projects


Volunteer Placement Process

To begin your volunteer experience, take these steps:

  • 1. Complete an online application.




  • 2. Complete and submit Mandatory Health Clearance from.


  • 3. Attend orientation.


  • 4. Complete required health screening. This can be completed at Abbott Northwestern (no charge) or by your physician. Information will be provided at Orientation.


  • 5. Complete an onboarding shift. Information will be provided at Orientation.