Child Life Students
Child Life specialists are educated in child and human development; they have at least a bachelor's degree, and in many cases, a master's. They complete a semester of practicum, a 600-hour highly selective clinical internship, and must demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge to pass a certification exam. Once certified, they're required to maintain certification by participating in professional development and continuing education. The knowledge gained on the way to becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist is used to build therapeutic relationships that help patients and their families balance daily life and the health care experience.
If you're a child life student, please explore the unique learning opportunities available at Cook Children's.