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We are happy that you are interested in a healthcare career. Exploring and confirming your interest in healthcare is an important step in realizing your career goals. Roper St. Francis Healthcare offers several programs that can help you in this journey. It is important to understand that with all of our volunteer/student programs, our top priority is the safety of our patients. A patient must be confident that everyone involved in his/her care is safe, knowledgeable, will not spread infection, will respect privacy and can handle an emergency situation. Hospitals have policies and processes that must be respected. We hope you will find a program that is a good fit for you. Students are our future in this rewarding field and we need you.




Volunteering is a gift given with a heart of service. Volunteer roles support our staff so they in turn can dedicate their time to direct patient care. Considerable time is spent processing every new applicant so consider whether you have the time to dedicate to the role. After processing, plan on a weekly regular shift of 3 – 4 hours with an anticipated length of service of at least six months. Most volunteer roles are supportive in nature: staffing information desks, escorting patients, driving golf carts and pushing wheelchairs.

The guide below should be used to determine who the best point of contact is for your needs.


A student is enrolled in a school program which requires clinical hours for rotation/externship. Non-nursing Students
Student Program Coordinator student.development@rsfh.com
Nursing Students
Cindy Plavney Cynthia.plavney@rsfh.com
A student is accepted into a program which requires clinical rotation hours prior to enrollment. Student Program Coordinator
An individual would like to job shadow a RSFH team member for one day (8 hours or less). Student Program Coordinator
A Medical Student, Resident, Fellow, or Intern would like to request an educational experience at RSFH. For all schools except Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
For VCOM students
Senovia Doyle senovia.doyle@rsfh.com
An individual would like to volunteer services. Volunteer Services
Roper Hospital - VolunteerRoper@rsfh.com
Bon Secour St. Francis - VolunteerStFrancis@rsfh.com
Berkeley Hospitalvolunteerberkeley@rsfh.com
Mount Pleasant Hospital - VolunteerStFrancis@rsfh.com
SCRUBS program(s). Structured mentoring program for students on RN, PA and MD tracks.
Volunteer Services
Joan Perry joan.perry@rsfh.com
A student plans to apply for a school program (but is not enrolled or accepted into) and needs documented clinical (not volunteer) hours to do so. Volunteer Services
Roper Hospital - VolunteerRoper@rsfh.com
Bon Secour St. Francis - VolunteerStFrancis@rsfh.com
Berkeley Hospitalvolunteerberkeley@rsfh.com
Mount Pleasant Hospital - VolunteerStFrancis@rsfh.com


Job Shadowing

If a student has selected a Roper St. Francis Healthcare employee who has agreed to one-day job shadowing, please contact student.development@rsfh.com to obtain a job shadow form.

Please note the following general guidelines:

  • Students must be 14 years or older to job shadow. For our intensive care unit, birth suite, operating room, or emergency department, students must be 16 years or older.
  • The experience is limited to eight hours or less.
  • RSFH does not participate in job shadowing during Flu season (Oct 1 – Mar 31).


SCRUBS Program

Our successful student program, SCRUBS, continues to grow, giving students an opportunity to learn about health careers from experts in the field who love their work. “SCRUBS” is an acronym for: Students Can Really Use Bedside Skills. Our program was named by the first group of students who joined our mentoring program. Several students who attended past SCRUBS programs are now working as professional healthcare employees at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Our SCRUBS programs include:

SCRUBS "U" Career Sessions
SCRUBS “U” features quarterly evening sessions concentrating on specific areas of health careers. Each program offers an exciting glimpse into a medical field. 

  • Topics include: Neonatology, Operating Room Careers, Imaging, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy.
  • Details: SCRUBS U evening sessions are held from 5 – 7 p.m. and are free of charge. The minimum age is 13 with no upper limit. Registration is required. SCRUBS “U” sessions are accepted as Job Shadowing. Each session is announced to schools and on the “SCRUBS Mentoring Program” Facebook site.
  • Call (843) 402-CARE to register when a session is announced. You may email: VolunteerStfrancis@rsfh.com and request “to be added to the SCRUBS “U” mailing list.
Connect with the SCRUBS Mentoring Program page on Facebook for notifications of upcoming sessions.

Scrubs Health Summer Careers Camp - CANCELED
Roper St. Francis Healthcare will be holding the award winning SCRUBS Health Career Exploration Camp in 2020. The SCRUBS Health Career Exploration Camp will be an activity-filled week from June 15 – 19 offering students who have an interest in health careers an opportunity to explore nursing and medical careers at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. The week will include CPR and first aid, cardiology, PT/OT, surgical, EMS, radiology and obstetrical sessions. The SCRUBS camp is for students 14 and 15 years old at the time of the camp. The camp is based at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital (West Ashley) with students reporting to Roper Hospital (downtown) on Wednesday and Thursday. Completed and signed applications must be received by 04/6/20 and include a teacher recommendation and 300-word essay.

SCRUBS Mentoring Program
The SCRUBS Mentoring program allows students on medical career tracks the opportunity to work along with staff at the bedside in a mentored role. The program is designed for pre-nursing, MD and PA career track students. Download details and application instructions for the SCRUBS Mentoring program. The SCRUBS Mentoring Program is popular and often operates at capacity. Applicants are interviewed and accepted when there is an opening in the program. The applicant (not parent) may email their anticipated career track and available interview time to the requested facility.

Candidates apply and are processed through the Volunteer Departments at Roper Hospital and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. Processing includes an interview, application, background checks, two step TB test, immunization documentation, reference letter and attendance at a scheduled Volunteer Orientation session. Minimum age is 16. Students completing 32 hours of mentoring earn a Certificate of Completion.



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