McMaster University

McMaster University

Allied Health Professional Education

There are three programs for allied health professional education that are affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics.

  • Child Life Studies
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
  • OT/PT

Child Life Studies

The complexity of pediatric illness today has presented the child healthcare team, in both the hospital and the community, with an increasing number of infants, children and youth with emotional, behavioural and developmental problems. 

McMaster University offers the only Child Life academic program in Canada. It has become an internationally recognized post-baccalaureate education and training program, that includes two eight-week internships.

This educational programme offers child life training for professionals working to support the psychosocial needs of infants, children, youth, and their families.

Students from all across Canada, the United States, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore have come to McMaster for their education in Child Life Studies.

The Child Life Studies Programme, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, offers an eight month (September to April) full-time post-professional diploma programme.  On-line distance learning courses for professional development are also available. Please see the Child Life Studies Program for more information.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program

The Advanced Neonatal Nursing Graduate Diploma program at McMaster University is the first and only program of its kind in Canada, and one of the first in North America. This innovative program has attracted international recognition for its contribution to neonatal nursing and to clinical neonatal practice and is the gold standard for education in this discipline.


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