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Our Child Life Practicum Program experience provides an introduction to child life services at Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital. The practicum spans the pediatric age and developmental spectrum as well as various areas of the healthcare system served by our child life staff.

Our practicum experience encompasses a minimum of 100 hours over the course of six weeks. We will offer students a variety of shifts that could include evenings and weekends dependent upon the rotation assigned. Students’ course schedules will be taken into account. If students have specific scheduling needs or restrictions, they are responsible for disclosing any scheduling limitations on their practicum application. All schedules will be taken into an account, but flexibility is required from the student to fulfill their practicum hours due to our staffing model, scheduling and availability. If a student cannot meet the required schedule assigned to them, their practicum may be placed on hold or cancelled.

We do not provide student housing during the practicum sessions.

Below you will find important practicum information:

  • Child Life Practicum standards
  • Levine Children’s Hospital practicum standards
  • Program components
  • Program objectives
  • Prerequisites
  • Student expectations
  • Application checklist
  • Practicum application

Affiliation Agreement

An affiliation agreement is required by law between Levine Children’s Hospital and an accredited academic institution in order for you to apply and be eligible for the Child Life Practicum Program. This agreement must be in place prior to submitting your application. If you have already graduated, it is your responsibility to contact an affiliated academic institution and inquire about an independent study. If you are interested in starting the affiliation process with your current academic institution, please refer to your academic advisor to get the process started. The child life practicum program coordinator will not assist with this process. 

Practicum Standards

Other Important Information


Please refer to the Association of Child Life Professionals website before reaching out to the child life program coordinator.


  • Minimum of 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Minimum of five classes that would be approved by the Association of Child Life Processionals (These do not need to be submitted to the Association of Child Life Processionals for review, just included in application). Please refer to the Association of Child Life Professionals website for more information. Classes must be complete prior to applying for the practicum experience.
  • Minimum 80 total hours of volunteer experience: 40 of these hours must be working with typically developing children and 40 hours must be working with either children who have been hospitalized or atypically developing children. This could be in a hospital setting, community resource, developmental centers, etc.
  • Students must be enrolled in a child life related university academic program and be classified as a junior or senior if enrolled in an undergraduate program (see affiliation section for details). Master's or post-baccalaureate students with required coursework are also eligible to apply.

Application Checklist

In order to be considered for placement, you must submit the following application materials to:

Child Life Practicum Coordinator
Levine Children’s Hospital
1000 Blythe Blvd., Room 2034
Charlotte, NC 28203

  • Completed application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Volunteer verification form--please include one per facility. A minimum of 80 hours (40 hours with typically developing children, 40 hours with either children who are atypically developing or in the healthcare setting).
  • Unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions you have attended (student copy is acceptable)
  • Association of Child Life Professionals relevant coursework list
  • Two signed letters of recommendation (one must be from a professional who has observed you working with children).
  • Signed application checklist