2018-2019 Catalog

Lactation Consultant (LC31) Certificate

Campus Availability and Advisement:

  • Gordon County Campus Advisor: Katherine Kerce
  • Program Description:

    The Lactation Consultant Certificate of Credit is a program that provides academic foundations at the advanced certificate 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.

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    Entrance Requirements:

    1. To be admitted to the program, prospective students must provide proof of current certification or licensure in a related medical field as determined by the Program Director. 
    2. Meet pre-occupational class requirements required by LEAARC & IBLCE for Pathway 2 IBCLC board certification application.
    3. Completion of application and related procedures.
    4. Ability to comply with health-related standards and meet minimum essential skill requirements.
    5. Payment of fees for liability insurance.
    6. Documentation of current CPR certification.
    7. Students will have to submit a satisfactory criminal background check as well as a drug screen in order to be placed in a clinical health care facility to complete the clinical portions of their educational training.

    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:

    1. 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)

    Required Courses (36 Credit Hours)

    Must be taken in listed semester sequence with successful full completion of each semester required before advancing to the next semester.

    Semester 1 (Program Admission Required)

    LACT 1101Introduction to Breastfeeding and Lactation Concepts


    LACT 1102Fundamentals of Breastfeeding


    LACT 1110Lactation Observation


    Semester 2 (Completion of Semester 1 Courses Required)

    LACT 1103Breastfeeding and Lactation I


    LACT 1104Mother Baby Aspects of Lactation


    LACT 1111Practicum II


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

    LACT 1105Transition to Practice


    LACT 1106Public Health Aspects of Lactation


    LACT 1112Public Health Practicum III


    Total Credit Hours: 36 Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation