Practicum Application Information
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Methodist Emergency Department

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Pekin Emergency Department

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Proctor Emergency Department

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Proctor First Care - East Peoria

2535 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Proctor First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Morton)

1909 North Morton Avenue
Morton, Illinois 61550

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peoria)

8914 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Washington)

209 N. Cummings Lane
Washington, Illinois 61571

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UnityPoint Health - Methodist

Practicum Information

Application Process

Individuals interested in the Child Life Practicum Program should follow the time schedule for application procedure.

Fall Semester Practicum

  • Application Due: June 15
  • Practicum Dates: September - November

Spring Semester Practicum

  • Application Due: November 15
  • Practicum Dates: February - April


1. Click here to download the application. Please remember, all students must be affiliated with a university/college during their practicum.

2. Please mail your application along with the following items:

  • A current resume 
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript(s)
  • Letter from your supervisor(s) from your hospital volunteer experience verifying 60 volunteer hours and volunteer duties
  • Two letters of reference in sealed, signed envelopes

3. We strongly recommend that applicants have a student membership with the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).


An interview is required for practicum selection. You may be contacted for an interview, after your application, transcript, and recommendations are reviewed. If it is impossible to arrange an onsite interview, one can be arranged via video call.


Housing arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Following Acceptance

The following vaccinations or tests and screenings need to be completed and documented by your school or family doctor prior to your start date:

  • Proof of current vaccinations/skin tests
  • Proof of Flu Shot
  • Drug Screen and Criminal Background Check


No stipend is paid to the Child Life student; parking is free of charge.


May be purchased or department copies may be used by the student.


Child Life students are required to complete one hundred and twenty (120) hours over ten (10) weeks.