2019-2020 Catalog

Lactation Consultant (LC12) Diploma

Campus Availability and Advisement:

Program Description:


The Lactation Consultant Diploma program provides academic foundations at the diploma level for the clinical management of breastfeeding and human lactation. Program graduates are trained in the standards of practice and code of ethics. They work within a defined scope of practice. The program will provide clinical practice experience in management of lactation and breastfeeding counseling skills, as well as education in human lactation, breastfeeding and general health sciences. The program graduate will be trained to sit for International Board of Lactation Examiners Certification to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) which is considered the highest certification of a lactation professional. 


Entrance Requirements:

Age: Minimum of 17 years of age for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum. 18 years old for entrance into occupational program curriculum.


  1. Completion of application and related procedures
  2. Completion of all pre-occupational curriculum courses for the Lactation Consultant diploma.
  3. Set up appointment with program director to submit Eligibility Form for Lactation Consultant.
  4. Ability to comply with health-related standards and meet minimum essential skill requirements.
  5. Documentation of immunization records.
  6. Payment of fees for liability insurance.
  7. Documentation of current CPR certification.
  8. Completion of background check and drug screen.

Retention Policies:

  1. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better. A “C” must be achieved in each course in order to progress to the next step in the Lactation Consultant program.
  2. Students must attain a numerical grade of 70 or better in each Lactation course, including clinical rotations, to progress in the program.
  3. A student must maintain CPR certification and carry professional liability insurance while enrolled in Lactation courses.

Readmission Policies

All current admission requirements must be met before applying for readmission

Program Final Exit Point

Graduates from the Lactation Consultant program are eligible to apply to take the international certification exam to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) under Pathway 2 (IBLCE & LEAARC)

Pre-Occupational Curriculum (21 Credit Hours) Must be completed before admission into the Lactation Program

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I


MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics


PSYC 1010Basic Psychology


ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body


ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


ALHS 1060Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences


ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences


Occupational Curriculum (36 Credit Hours)

Semester 1 (Program Admission Required)

LACT 1101Introduction to Breastfeeding and Lactation Concepts


LACT 1102Fundamentals of Breastfeeding


LACT 1110Lactation Practicum I


Semester 2 (Completion of Semester 1 Courses Required)

LACT 1103Breastfeeding and Lactation I


LACT 1104Mother/Baby Aspects of Lactation I


LACT 1111Lactation Practicum II


Semester 3 (Completion of Semester 1 & 2 Courses Required)

LACT 1105Breastfeeding & Lactation II


LACT 1106Mother/Baby Aspects of Lactation II


LACT 1112Lactation Practicum III


Total Credit Hours: 57 Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation