Healthcare Education

Mercy's ongoing commitment to healthcare education is key to supporting our healing ministry. Learn more about our programs and learning experiences:

Graduate Medical Education

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Student Shadow/Observe & Individual Learning Experiences

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Child Life Practicum

The Child Life Program at Mercy Kids Hospital in St. Louis offers a child life practicum for individuals who are seeking to pursue the field of Child Life. The practicum is offered in Fall and Spring semesters. The Child Life program follows the due dates and deadlines the Association of Child Life Professionals deems for internships. The child life practicum is designed as an introductory, observational experience. Student will be introduced to evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation, and procedural support. Practicum hours offered are dependent on the educational requirements from your institution with a maximum of 120 hours. 

Practicum Prerequisites:

  • 100 hours of working with children, 50 hours preferred working with children in the healthcare setting
  • Junior year status in a bachelor’s degree program in Child Life or a related field OR Master’s student
  • Must be affiliated with a university 

Practicum Application Process:

  • Mercy Child Life Practicum Application
  • Academic Transcript: unofficial, web-based transcripts are accepted
  • Cover letter stating why you wish to complete your practicum at our hospital
  • Resume (1 page maximum)
  • One letter of recommendation

Email completed applications to:


Subject line: Initials, semester you are applying for, practicum

Example: CR, Spring 2025, Practicum

Due Dates: Our institute follows the ACLP guidelines for application deadlines, start days, and offer dates for internship and practicum. See below for dates.

Applications must be RECEIVED by deadline

NOTE: Mercy St. Louis does not currently have a Child Life Internship program.

Practicum Session

Application Deadlines

 Initial Offer Dates


 March 15

 1st Tuesday of May


 September 5

 2nd Tuesday of Oct.


 January 5

 2nd Tuesday of Feb.