Child Life Practicum Program


UMC Children’s Hospital 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 Fall and Spring sessions only. All applicants are required to submit a complete packet post-marked no later than the application deadline to be considered for the program.

Return the completed application packet to the following address:
UMC Children’s Hospital
Child Life Department
c/o Practicum Program
602 Indiana Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79415

Deadlines for submissions are as follows:

Semester Application Deadline
Fall March 29
Spring September 19


Students must be able to complete a minimum of 150 hours to successfully complete the practicum program.  Students are required to be affiliated with Texas Tech University or Lubbock Christian University. 

We appreciate your interest in the opportunity for a practicum placement with the Child Life Department at UMC Children’s Hospital. For further information or questions about our practicum program, please contact us at 806.775.8836 or

Practicum Requirements & Forms

Common Child Life Practicum Application

Child Life Practicum Reference Form

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