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Child Life Practicum

We are excited to communicate with you about Cook Children's child life practicum experience. This program provides students an opportunity to become more familiar with the field of child life and the needs of hospitalized children and youth. The following is information about this program.

Due to sudden and unforeseen circumstances, Cook Children's is not able to offer a child life practicum for the spring 2018 semester. We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your understanding.

Applicant requirements

  • Sophomore level in college or beyond
  • Must have a minimum of 100 hours of experience interacting with children, beyond required experiences for coursework
    • Experience in an established child life program is preferred
    • Experience in a hospital preferred
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Must have completed at least two (2) child development course completed by the application deadline
  • Relevant course work (child life, child development, psychology, etc.)
  • The table below shows the courses the Association of Child Life Professionals will require beginning January 1, 2019, in order to sit for the Child Life Certification Exam. Your transcript must illustrate you are working toward this requirement when you apply for the child life practicum.
Min. classes required Subject Additional notes/requirements
1 Child Life Must be taught by a CCLS who meets all ACLP requirements
2 Child Development Birth-18y
1 Family Systems
1 Therapeutic Benefits of Play
1 Loss/Bereavement or Death/Dying
1 Research
3 Additional courses in child life or related content areas Recommended: Human Anatomy/Physiology, Medical Terminology, Ethics

Application information

Consideration for child life practicum requires the submission of a complete application.

Child Life Practicum Application Packet
Child Life Practicum Application (Microsoft Word)

  • Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Submitting a complete application does not guarantee a student an interview or placement
  • To confirm receipt of your application, use an expedited, traceable mail service or the postal service's delivery confirmation

Program information and requirements

  • We offer comprehensive child life practicum opportunities three times a year beginning in January, May and September.
  • Students will participate for 13 weeks
  • Students will complete a minimum of two rotations
  • Students will complete the child life practicum curriculum, including a variety of assignments

Practicum application deadlines

CL Practicum session Application postmark Initial offer date Student must accept position by 2nd offer date
Winter/Spring September 19 4th Tuesday of October the following Wednesday the following Thursday
Summer January 19 4th Tuesday of February the following Wednesday the following Thursday
Fall March 29 3rd Tuesday of May the following Wednesday the following Thursday

Interview dates

  • Summer 2018 – Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Fall 2018 – Friday, May 11, 2018

Additional information

  • Cook Children's child life practicum students are not eligible to apply for the Cook Children's child life internship.
  • Current Cook Children's volunteers are required to take a leave of absence from their volunteer position if selected for the Cook Children's child life practicum


Please email us at or contact Linsey Hammon at 682-885-4740.

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