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The application process takes place twice a year: October (for the spring semester) and February (for the fall semester). Applications are emailed to pre-health advisors of Philadelphia-area colleges who then send the application to their students. Interested students may also receive an application by emailing and requesting one. Applicants are evaluated on the quality and depth of their answers to the application questions and a demonstrated interest in the healthcare field.

Once accepted, new RAs must register as volunteers with TJUH. All volunteers at TJUH must complete the following: an immunization form (completed by a physician), two background checks (FBI background check and Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance), reference form, résumé, and a urine drug screen. The background checks and drug screening are done at TJUH. Once this is completed, RAs receive their TJUH Volunteer ID Badge and are ready to start the program. This process can take 8-10 weeks.

The cost to the applicant is $200 for the first semester and $50 for subsequent semesters.  A $50 deposit is due upon acceptance, and the remaining balance is due at orientation.  The fee is non-refundable once the student has made it through to their first shift in the ED.  Students who have previously volunteered as RAs do not need to reapply each semester.  They are invited back for following semesters pending successful completion of their current semester.