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Clinic Volunteer Program

What is the UHS Clinic Volunteer Program?

The UHS Clinic Volunteer Program offers students an opportunity for clinical experience and direct patient contact in some of the UHS clinics.

Duties can include:

  • Assisting healthcare providers and nursing staff with patient care
  • Taking vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature)
  • Applying certain orthopedic appliances
  • Performing certain point-of-care lab tests

Returning volunteers (2nd or 3rd year) may learn additional clinical skills and work in the UHS Urgent Care Clinic.

Clinic volunteers must commit to at least four hours per week for two long semesters (fall & spring). All volunteers must display regular attendance and professional conduct. Those who perform satisfactorily at the end of the two-semester commitment may continue to participate if they wish. As returning volunteers, students can choose whether to continue volunteering 4 hours per week or reduce their time commitment to 2 hours per week. Summer participation is also available for experienced volunteers.

New students accepted into the program are required to enroll in the Fall Semester course HED 378D: Clinic Volunteer Program, and the Spring Semester course HED 178E: Clinic Volunteer Program. Each semester course consists of two parts: a 1.5-hour lecture and a 4-hour volunteer shift (to be scheduled at the start of the semester) per week. During the second semester, HED 178E will meet on a reduced schedule but attendance is still expected at all lectures. Enrollment in HED 378D and 178E is required as both courses contain content and lessons that are integral to supporting the volunteer’s role in the clinic. Both courses are offered for letter-grade and can count as elective credit in some degree plans. Prior to the start of the semester, volunteers are required to attend Volunteer Orientation, where they will complete the necessary compliance training, forms, and immunizations.

Our program focuses primarily on providing a rewarding learning opportunity for the volunteer. While many hospitals use volunteers to perform tasks such as paperwork, answering phones, or picking up linen and lunch trays, UHS clinic volunteers have direct patient contact. UHS patients and staff appreciate and support the program.

Interested in applying for the UHS Clinic Volunteer Program?

UHS accepts applications for the program each spring semester for volunteers to start the following fall semester. Qualified applicants are interviewed and selected before registration each spring.

Lower and upper division undergraduates and graduate students from any major or background are welcome to apply. A major in a health-related field is preferred but not required.

New and returning volunteers begin their mandatory training each semester before classes begin with an extensive orientation to UHS and a clinical skills workshop. Volunteers receive additional on-the-job training and increased responsibility as skill and proficiency grow.

Recruitment for the Clinic Volunteer 2018-2019 academic year is now closed.

We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for our recently started Physical Therapy Volunteer Program with a start date of as early as summer of 2018. This program is intended to provide an observational and hands-on experience for applicants who are interested in entering the field of Physical Therapy in their future healthcare careers. Applicants must be pre-PT and upperclassmen to apply and will be expected to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week for a minimum commitment of one semester. If you are interested, please fill out the application at the following link:

Recruitment for the Physical Therapy Volunteer 2018-2019 academic year is now closed.

Dates for mandatory orientation for those selected to begin volunteering in the fall 2018 semester are:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 1:00pm-4:30pm
Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday, August 24, 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm

History of the UHS Clinic Volunteer Program

At the recommendation of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), UHS launched the Clinic Volunteer Program in the spring of 1998. The program has grown nearly each semester. An average of 75 volunteers work throughout the General Medicine, Sports Medicine, Women's Health, and Urgent Care clinics, as well as the UHS Laboratory each semester. Most volunteers are pre-med or pre-nursing students.

UHS takes great pride in their volunteers. As a part of the university community, we value our role as mentors of tomorrow's health care professionals and consumers.

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UHS Clinic Volunteer Program Contact Information

Kathy Mosteller, RN
Nursing Director, Clinic Volunteer Program Coordinator
University of Texas at Austin, University Health Services
Office: SSB 2.404A, Campus Mail A3900
Email: (email is the preferred method of contact)
Phone:(512) 475-8349
Fax: (512) 471-0898

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