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Stream 2: Advanced Skills in Pediatric Psychosocial Care

Applicants will be required to meet the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:

  • An Honours bachelor's degree or the international equivalent from an accredited university
  • B+ average (77-79%, equivalent to a McMaster 8.5 grade point average) in the final year of undergraduate study
  • Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language, as outlined in the Graduate Calendar. Similar to several other graduate programs, a minimum acceptable TOEFL (iBT) score  will be 92 overall with a minimum of 22 for reading 24 for speaking, 24 for listening and 22 for writing. Alternately an overall minimum IELTS score of 7.0 will be required.

For admission to the MSc in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care program, an applicant must also meet the criteria listed below to ensure the appropriate background and success of our learners.

  • Qualifications as a health professional; e.g. nurse, child life specialist, physician

Meeting the above minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission. Limited space will be available, and the admission process is expected to be competitive.

Upon completion of the MSc in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care, both streams of students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate comprehension of research methods and the ability to critically evaluate the validity of key assumptions and evidence
  • Demonstrate ability to apply theoretical knowledge and patient and family-centered care principles to diverse pediatric health and community settings
  • Apply concepts of pediatric psychosocial assessment incorporating child, family and healthcare variables
  • Utilize effective communication strategies and documentation of pediatric psychosocial assessment and interventions to advocate for the diverse needs of infants, children, youth and families
Stream 2 students will additionally be able to:
  • Demonstrate critical analysis and advanced practice skills through exposure to specialized topics
  • Exhibit the ability to evaluate and recommend systems to improve delivery of quality psychosocial care in pediatric settings

Stream 2 Full-Time Students (12 months - 27 units) Sample Schedule

Year 1
Course Units
Sept - Dec
CLPPC 701 / Pediatric Psychosocial Care Residency 1 (Late August - Early September) 1.5
CLPPC 703 / Educational Research Methods in Health Science Education 3

Elective: 
-CLPPC 702 / The Child, Youth and Family in Healthcare
-CLPPC 714 / Special Topics in Pediatric Psychosocial Care 
-Other elective (s) approved in advance by the program
         

3
Jan - April
CLPPC 707 / Evaluating Evidence: An Approach to Critical Evaluation of the Literature 1.5
CLPPC 704 / Current Issues in Pediatric Psychosocial Care 3

Choose 1 Elective: 
-CLPPC 706 / Pediatric Psychosocial Assessment 
-CLPPC 705 / Grief, Loss and Bereavement in Childhood and Adolescence
-Other elective (s) approved in advance by the program

3
May - August
CLPPC 712 / Professional Ethics 1.5
CLPPC 713 / Independent Masters Project 3

Choose 1 Elective: 
-CLPPC 709 / The Vulnerable Child and Youth
-CLLPC 717 / Program Planning and Evaluation
-CLPPC 708 / Child Life: Foundation of Play

3
CLPPC 711 / Pediatric Psychosocial ​Care Residency 2 (August)  1.5

Required Online Modules


Online modules must also be taken by all graduate students; Students may not graduate or register in a subsequent academic term without having successfully completed these:
• SGS 101/ Academic Research Integrity and Ethics
• SGS 201/ Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities act (AODA)

The School of Graduate Studies SGS 101 and 201 courses must be completed in the Year 1 Fall term

Stream ​2 ​Part-Time Students (24 months - 27 units) Sample Schedule

Year 1
Course Units
Sept - Dec
CLPPC 701 / Pediatric Psychosocial Care Residency 1 (Late August - Early September) 1.5
CLPPC 703 / Educational Research Methods in Health Science Education 3
Jan - April

CLPPC 704 / Current Issues in Pediatric Psychosocial Care

 3
CLPPC 707 / Evaluating Evidence: An Approach to Critical Evaluation of the Literature  1.5
May - August
CLPPC 712 / Professional Ethics 1.5
Choose 1 Elective: 
-CLPPC 709 / The Vulnerable Child and Youth 
-CLPPC 717 / Program Planning and Evaluation            
-CLPPC 708 / Child Life: Foundations of Play
           
3
Year 2
Course Units
Sept - Dec
Choose 1 Elective: 
-CLPPC 702 / The Child, Youth and Family in Healthcare 
-CLPPC 714 / Special Topics in Pediatric Psychosocial Care
 -Other Elective (s) approved in advance by the program
3
Jan - April

Choose 1 Elective: 
-CLPPC 706 / Pediatric Psychosocial Assessment 
-CLPPC 705 / Grief, Loss and Bereavement in Childhood and Adolescence
-Other Elective(s) approved in advance by the program

3
May - August
CLPPC 713 / Independent Masters Project 3
CLPPC 712 / Pediatric Psychosocial Care Residency 2 (August)
1.5
                                                           

 *Required Online Modules


Online modules must also be taken by all graduate students; Students may not graduate or register in a subsequent academic term without having successfully completed these:
• SGS 101/ Academic Research Integrity and Ethics
• SGS 201/ Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities act (AODA)

The School of Graduate Studies SGS 101 and 201 courses must be completed in the Year 1 Fall term

Course Listing

Core Courses Units Mode of Delivery
CLPPC 701 / Pediatric Psychosocial Care Residency 1 1.5 In Class
SGS 101 Academic Integrity and Ethics 1.5 Online
SGS 201 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities act (AODA) Training 1.5 Online
CLPPC 707 / Evaluating Evidence: An Approach to Critical Evaluation of the Literature 1.5 Online
CLPPC 712 / Professional Ethics 1.5 Online
CLPPC 703 /  Educational Research Methods in Health Science
Education
3 Online
CLPPC 713 / Independent Masters Project 3 Online
CLPPC 711 / Pediatric Psychosocial Care Residency 2 1.5 In Class
CLPPC 704 / Current Issues in Pediatric Psychosocial Care 3 Online
Choice of 3 Elective Options:
CLPPC 714 / Special Topics in Pediatric Psychosocial Care 3 Online
CLPPC 709 / The Vulnerable Child and Youth 3 Online
CLPPC 706 / Pediatric Psychosocial Assessment 3 Online
CLPPC 705 / Grief, Loss and Bereavement in Childhood and Adolescence 3 Online
CLPPC 717 / Program Planning and Evaluation 3 Online
CLPPC 702 / The Child, Youth and Family in Healthcare 3 Online
Other elective(s) approved in advance by the program    
  27 units  

In addition to fulfilling the Masters in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care program's Admissions Requirements, please review the complete application checklist here.

An online application is required to be filled out through the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University. Please go to https://gs.mcmaster.ca/academic-services/how-apply for instructions on the online application process,  and the 'apply now' link.

Every applicant will receive a MacID. This does not imply acceptance to the program, but is required to log into McMaster's Mosaic system. If you already have a MacID, please use this when applying.

To begin the online application process, you will need to select the stream you are applying to so you can be directed to the appropriate page. Some application components will be received through the online application portal, and others will be sent to our program directly by mail or email. Please refer to the application checklists above for instructions.

Please monitor Mosaic for updates regarding the status of your application. Our program will update your application checklist in Mosaic to confirm when components have been received.

Following successful submission of an online application, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received by the department.

  • FT tuition is $8,514 annually.
  • PT tuition is $4,257 annually, or $1,419 per term.
  • The international tuition is FT  $19,962, and PT $10,244.

These are for tuition only. There will be ancillary fees on top as well.
*All fees are subject to Board approval

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