Child Life Practicum Program

The Child Life Practicum Program strives to provide students with a quality learning experience and an introduction to the Child Life profession. We are dedicated to providing students with ample opportunities to gain experience supporting and working with children and their families as they interact with the healthcare environment. The practicum experience focuses on developing skills in providing emotional support, developmentally appropriate activities and therapeutic play opportunities for hospitalized children. There will be many opportunities to implement activities with patients both at their bedside and in the playroom, as well as opportunities to observe Child Life interventions with our certified Child Life specialists.

Application Deadlines

Our Child Life Practicum program is offered during the Spring and Summer sessions only. All applicants are required to submit a complete packet (materials are listed below) postmarked no later than the application deadline to be considered for the program.

Please submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts from all universities attended (student copies are acceptable)
  • Three letters of reference (must be professional, no family members) completed on the TACLP reference form.   At least one should be someone who has directly observed your work with children.

Return the completed application packet to the following address:

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Child Life Department

c/o Practicum Program

3533 South Alameda Street

Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Deadlines for submissions are as follows:

Semester Application Deadline
Spring September 19
Summer January 19


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Students must be able to complete a minimum of 200 hours to successfully complete the practicum program. Students are not required to be affiliated with a university or college. If selected for a placement in the program, students will be processed by the DCH Center for Professional Development and Practice. Additionally, all students are required to provide proof of vaccination for the following:

Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella titer (or positive history), PPD (within the past year), Flu (within the current year) and COVID-19.

We appreciate your interest in the opportunity for a practicum placement with the Child Life Department at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. For further information or questions about our practicum program, please contact us at (361) 694-5048 or