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Child Life Graduate Degree Program

Students in the Master of Science in Child Life (MSCL) program at the College of Charleston are trained to understand the sensitive and vital issues involved when working with children and their families in a hospital or health care setting. We educate our students to be specialists in this essential area of pediatric health care. Ultimately, they serve as advocates for and resources to young patients and their families, helping them to cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness and disability.

Our program represents a collaboration between the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Coursework takes place at the College and practicum experience takes place at MUSC – home to one of the largest child-life departments in the state of South Carolina, treating more than 10,000 children on an annual basis.

As a child life specialist, you will be trained to provide support to infants, children, adolescents and their families during some of their most challenging life events. Through this program, you will gain an understanding of medical issues, coupled with a firm grounding in practice, and that combination will prepare you to be an essential service provider and advocate. You will learn to prepare children for medical procedures and to teach them and their families about coping with specific illnesses. You’ll also learn how to help patients, their siblings and parents cope with the stress, anxiety and discomfort associated with medical procedures and the health care environment. You will learn to facilitate infant, child and adolescent development, and become a valued member of the interdisciplinary health care team.

Graduates of our program will be prepared to pass the Child Life Council’s Professional Certification Examination and become certified child life specialists.

View a full list of Child Life admission requirements and the Volunteer Experience Report.

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