Practicum - Child Life Services

Learn More About Becoming a Child Life Specialist

At Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, our Child Life Specialists provide services throughout the entire hospital including: Emergency Department, Surgery, Inpatient Medical/Surgical, PICU, Radiology and outpatient specialty clinics. In the child life practicum, individuals will complete 120 hours during a 10-week period.

A Practicum in Child Life Will:

  • Orient individuals to the profession
  • Familiarize individuals with the hospital environment
  • Provide individuals with the opportunity to apply play and child development theories

Those in the program will receive the opportunity to shadow Child Life Specialists during Child Life interventions. They will also have the opportunity to plan, coordinate and facilitate group activities, as well as engage patients in activities at the bedside. 


  • At least one course in child development.
  • Experience working with children.
  • Purchase "The Handbook of Child Life," by Richard Thompson (ISBN: 978-039807834)

Along with the     Child Life Practicum Application, Please Include:

  • Resume
  • At least one letter of recommendation

*Application Deadlines - Summer: May 1st. At this time we are only offering a summer practicum. All applications must be postmarked by the stated deadline.

*Our child life practicum programming follows the recommendations for child life practicums set by the Child Life Council. 

Please Return Completed Applications to:

Valerie Chance, CCLS
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
Child Life Department
PO BOX 5299  
MS: 315-M6-CFL
Tacoma, WA 98415-0299

Have Questions?

Feel free to contact Valerie Chance at 253-403-7243, or [email protected]