Child Life Practicum at Blank Children's Hospital | Des Moines, Iowa
Blank Children's Hospital

Child Life Practicum

The Child Life Department at Blank Children's Hospital offers an 8-week practicum experience. Our department is committed to providing a quality learning and training experience for future Child Life Specialists. Through the practicum experience, students are given opportunities to observe and become familiar with the field of Child Life and the hospital setting. This experience, with others, will provide the student with a knowledge base to continue pursuing a career in Child Life.  

Thank you for your interest in our practicum program. Involvement of students with the Child Life Department promotes professional growth for the student, the department, the Child Life profession and the health care community.  

Blank Children's Hospital offers a 100-hour practicum, scheduled over 8 weeks in the summer. All practicum students must have at least a junior level status AND affiliation with a university at the time of the practicum. Our department accepts minimum of one but not more than two students. Included in the practicum will be education in-services and direct patient and family care. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with medical play, pre-operative and pre-procedural preparation, coping facilitation, planning and supervising developmentally appropriate activities, and working with individuals and groups. The practicum is designed to facilitate the student's growth as a professional by participation as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team.  

Our department has varied responsibilities for patient care. The practicum schedule may require evening and weekend commitments.  

We look forward to receiving your completed application. If you have any questions, please click on the links at left for more information or contact us.