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Volunteer Services at MUSC

Application & Orientation Dates

We are currently accepting applications. Please complete the application form if you are interested in becoming a MUSC Medical Center volunteer. The deadline to apply is April 6, 2017.

2017 Orientation Dates:

  • February 28, 2017 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • March 20, 2017 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 18, 2017 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn about the following programs:

Candy Stripers

Provide positive, energetic students who are possibly interested in health care with an environment and an opportunity to learn, help others, build friendships, and give back.

Coastal Connections

Coastal Connections is a free, volunteer-based program that connects qualified patients in MUSC hospitals and clinics to local resources.

Safe Sitter Program

For adolescents between the ages of 11 and 14, this program teaches sitters the skills they need to be successful babysitters from the start! 

Pet Therapy Program

Dogs and their handlers are available to visit patients various times during the week.

Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFAC)

The Patient-and Family Advisory Councils (PFAC) are a partnership of family representatives and hospital staff members working together to meet the needs of patients and families. 


We are always in need of the following volunteers:

Information Desk

Volunteer Greeters

We need volunteers to greet and welcome patients to MUSC. We have availability at our multiple information desks within our downtown campus and our East Cooper facility in Mt. Pleasant. 

Volunteer Sitters

Volunteers are needed to help with patient observation for our Neurology Department.  

Volunteer Requirements

Our Application Process

Applications are now being accepted. We spend a lot of time developing the new volunteers and therefore, we only bring on new volunteers during certain times of the year. See application acceptance dates and orientation dates above. Upon receipt of your application, you should be contacted within five to seven days. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon the completion of our on-boarding requirements. 

Please note that our program does not provide the opportunity to shadow physicians, nurses, or other health care providers, nor do we allow volunteers to perform any sort of medical procedures. Get more information on Shadow opportunities.

We provide volunteers training and ongoing support. New volunteers are required to complete general orientation. In addition to your overall orientation you will receive an orientation and training in your particular area of service. 

Our Volunteers

Commit to a minimum of one three to four hour shift per week on the same day at the same time.

Fulfill a minimum of 100 volunteer hours per year.

Recovery and Trauma volunteers must be at least age 21, and have HEP-B documentation.

Prospective volunteers must complete a health screening, background check, and formal orientation to MUSC's policies and procedures, as well as orientation to the assigned unit.

Complete application, criminal background check, interview, pre-placement health screening, general orientation, and orientation to selected volunteer area.

Children's Hospital Volunteering Opportunities

Learn about volunteering with MUSC Children's Hospital