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Currently, we will not be accepting applications for this program. When more information becomes available, this page will be updated with details.

Child Life Services Practicum Program

Children's National Hospital (CNH) offers a child life practicum program to students who are interested in becoming a certified child life specialist (CCLS) and have academic training in the fields of child life, child development, early childhood education, psychology or another related discipline. The program accepts both current students and college graduates. Please note that if you are seeking course credit from the completion of this practicum, an affiliation agreement must be established and signed by both CNH and your university/institution.

The child life practicum program at CNH provides students with an opportunity to shadow child life specialists and to learn from the various members of the Child Life and Integrative Care Services team. Students will also help facilitate the normal growth and development of pediatric patients through the provision of supervised, developmentally appropriate play opportunities.

The practicum program is offered three times a year (fall, winter/spring and summer).

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