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With the continued concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, our utmost responsibility as a healthcare system is to keep our patients, employees, volunteers and visitors safe.

Effective March 11, 2020, volunteer support across the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital, The Vanderbilt Clinics, and One Hundred Oaks, has been suspended.

Thank you for your understanding at this time, and please take care of yourself.


If you are 18 years of age or older, you are eligible for our Year-Round Volunteer Program. We ask you to commit to a two or three-hour volunteer shift, once a week, for a minimum of 50 hours, in a mostly-uninterrupted six-month period.  Click here for a list of our volunteer opportunities.  Our greatest need is Monday-Friday, 8a-6p; we have very limited evening and weekend openings.

If you are interested in volunteering at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, you will need to submit a different application. Your initital placement can be at only one of our campuses. After reaching your initital commitment of 50 hours, you can visit with Volunteer Services staff about switching placements.

Learn more about volunteering at Children's Hospital.

If you are 18 years old and a current college undergraduate, please visit this page.

Volunteer application process

We have a multi-step process to become a volunteer.

Step 1
Watch this video to learn about volunteering at Vanderbilt.

Step 2
Apply online.  Please ask yourself these questions BEFORE you apply.

​After we review and accept your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. During the interview we will discuss if volunteering at the Adult Hospital & Clinics is a fit for you, your possible placement and schedule.

Step 3
Complete our Online Volunteer Orientation & Training. We developed this training to provide you with overall, broad-based knowledge about volunteering in a hospital and clinical setting. It includes education about responding to emergency situations. We also offer compliance training that covers the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protecting patient privacy, among other topics. You will be registered for this training at the completion of a successful interview.

Step 4
Obtain the required immunizations.

Step 5
Complete the background check release form. Volunteering at the Hospital & Clinics is contingent upon a completed background check. If a placement is offered after your initial interview with the Volunteer Services team, you will receive via email the link and instructions for completing a Verified Persons background check.

Step 6
Complete the unit-specific training for your volunteer placement, which may take place in a group or one-on-one setting.

Step 7
Shadow a current volunteer. You may shadow as many times as needed to feel comfortable before volunteering on your own.