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Child Life Specialist

Loma Linda University

24 months
38025 USD/year
38025 USD/year
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An advanced Child Life Specialist program degree at Loma Linda University for careers working with children in many diverse areas of healthcare environments.


Child Life Specialist are experts in the field of child development. They promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. Child Life Specialist provides emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to health care and hospitalization. Understanding that a child's well-being depends on the support of the family; child life specialists provide information, support and guidance to parents, siblings and other family members. They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators and the general public about the needs of children under stress.(Child Life Council)

Learning outcomes

Possible Careers: Child life at Loma Linda University is a growing but competitive field. Although child life has its traditional foundations in hospitals, an increasing number of child life specialists are applying their unique expertise to help children in other environments, including outpatient healthcare facilities, doctor offices, hospice care, specialized camps, schools, court systems, and funeral homes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Hospitalized Infant and Toddler Development
  • Child Life Seminar
  • Child Life Administration and Program Development
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Health Care
  • Therapeutic Play for Children Affected by Illness and Injury
  • Aspects of Illness and Disease
  • Grief and Loss

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


74 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official Transcripts
  • Proof of High School Completion
  • Post-Secondary Transcripts
  • Test Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • How to Send Required Documents

Tuition Fee

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    38025 USD/year
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  • National

    38025 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 38025 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for California

1570 - 2658 USD /month
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