Patients & Families

Student Programming

For those interested in becoming a certified child life specialist, a practicum is an observation experience open to those individuals preparing for a Child Life internship. A practicum provides the student an opportunity to become familiar with Child Life services and children’s reactions to hospitalization. Observation experiences and assignments encourage the development of communication skills with individuals and groups, provide a supportive environment to integrate theory with clinical practice and enhance the student’s experience with planning and implementing therapeutic activities. 

• Practicum applicants are required to have completed a core curriculum with a minimum of junior level college coursework, including child development, theories of child development, etc. 
• Applicants must have completed 150 hours of verifiable fieldwork experience with healthy children in a structured environment.  In addition, volunteer work with hospitalized children is encouraged. 
• Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 192 hours of observation over the course of one semester. 

The deadlines for the Practicum are as follows:

Semester of Practicum:  Application Deadline:  Interviews During:  Applicant Notifications By:  Applicant Acceptance By:
 Spring  September 19  October  4th Tues. of Oct.   24 Hours after offer
 Fall  March 29 April / May  3rd Tues. of May  24 Hours after offer


**To learn more about the field of Child Life and how to become a certified Child Life Specialist, please visit www.childlife.org.**