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Lactation Consultant Certificate

This Lactation Consultant specialized certificate program expands This Lactation Consultant specialized certificate program expands the clinical knowledge of the breastfeeding professional who interfaces with the breastfeeding client by understanding problems of clinical management.the clinical knowledge of the breastfeeding professional who interfaces with the breastfeeding client by understanding problems of clinical management.

Program Benefits
Students who complete this certificate will:

  • Expand their clinical knowledge as a breastfeeding professional who interfaces with the breastfeeding clients by understanding problems of clinical management
  • Have certification as a lactation consultant, which is approved preparation for healthcare providers who interact and triage infant nutrition problems and concerns
  • Study objectives, guidelines and competencies established and approved by LEAARC

Demand and Job Prospects
  • Lactation Consultants typically interact with patients in a role similar to nurse practitioners, as advanced practice clinicians. They generally work independently to triage and manage a clinical lactation concern for mother, baby, and family unit. In most areas, they are paid an hourly rate that seems to parallel the RN salary range which is from $20-$45 per hour.
  • Lactation consultants do not have to be RN’s to function in their role, although some hospitals may have an additional requirement that the LC be an RN.
  • May be employed in hospitals and manage hospital breastfeeding centers and boutiques. In this roll they may facilitate other lactation consultants, breastfeeding support groups, triage phone calls and warm lines, and manage breastfeeding stores that rent breast pumps and sell breastfeeding clothing and products.
  • Frequently hired by WIC, the federally funded Women, Infant, and Children program. These lactation consultants are usually also dieticians, although that is not a requirement.
  • Some UC San Diego Extension Lactation Consultant graduates have chosen to establish private practices. In this role they do lactation consultations with patients and their families either in a business setting or in the patient’s home. The fees are set by the individual lactation consultant. The business may also include retail products, breast pump rentals, support groups and classes.
  • Lactation Consultants are generally employed part time although more full time positions are becoming available. Currently, UC San Diego Extension does not offer job placement assistance, however most graduating students who have sought employment as Lactation Consultants have secured positions.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Prerequisite Course (Required for Pathway 2 students only)
Lactation Educator Counselor Training Program
RMED-40006
4
O,X O,X O,X O,X
Required Course (Only 1 of the courses below required depending on approved Pathway)
Lactation Consultant Education
RMED-40019
12
O O O O
Hybrid Lactation Consultant
RMED-40024
12
O      
IBLCE Exam CE Courses (Pathway 2 students additional CE subjects required for IBCLE exam)
Medical Terminology
FPM-40172
1
O O O O
Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health
FPM-40320
4.5
O O O O
Ethics for Healthcare Professionals
BUSA-80010
0
O O O O
Lactation Medical Documentation
RMED-80000
0
O O O O
Occupational Safety & Security for Health Professionals
FPM-40554
1
O O O O
Fundamentals of Infection Prevention/Clinical Epidemiology
FPM-40577
1
O O O O
CT: Practical Clinical Statistics for the Non-Statistician
FPM-40233
2
O O O O
Foundations of Nutrition I: Introduction to Nutrition Science
BIOL-40320
3
O O O O
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences, 858-534-9262
Email: unexhealthcare@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

Pathway 1 Qualifications: Pathway 1 Candidates are defined as having both of these requirements, prior to application

• Have an IBLCE approved licensed, be a registered or recognized health professional or have completion of all 14 IBLCE Educational Requirements. (IBCLE Approved Health Professions: Dentist, Dietician, Midwife, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist, Physician or Medical Doctor, Speech Pathologist or Therapist.)

• 1000 clinical hours directly with breastfeeding dyads within the past 5 years. (Verifiable by employer)

Pathway 2 Qualification: Pathway 2 Candidates are defined as having completed all of the requirements below, prior to application.

• Completion of all 14 “General Education Courses” as defined by the IBLCE –or– be an approved Health Professional (Please see list of approved professionals under Pathway 1). These course requirements can be reviewed at IBLCE.org or see FAQs at breastfeeding-education.org

• Completion of the UCSD Extension Lactation Educator Counselor Training Program. Course Number: RMED-40006

Candidates Must Have All Requirements Completed Prior to Applying

All students are required to complete the application (click on "Apply Now").

Next Steps Experience

Connect your classroom education with real-world knowledge through a Next Step Experience. These specially designed programs allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects.

The Lactation Consultant specialized certificate program expands the clinical knowledge of the breastfeeding professional who interfaces with the breastfeeding client by understanding problems of clinical management. The Pathway 2 Next Step Experience includes a supervised in-person clinical rotation with a current IBCLC as well as crucial test preparation for the IBCLE Exam.

Industry Requirements

Industry Certification
The Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) has approved the Lactation Consultant Program provided by UC San Diego, Extension for Continuing Approval. Approval of the 120-hour course is granted through November 30, 2017. UC San Diego, Extension’s Lactation Consultant Program is currently undergoing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) with an expected approval for 2017.

UC San Diego Extension supports IBLCE as the credential and certification for practicing Lactation Consultants. The IBLCE exam is given twice a year in October and April. The student must complete the IBLCE requirements as currently defined at www.IBLCE.org.

Students may meet the certification exam requirements by any pathway. All UC San Diego Extension students who successfully complete the training program and its requirements are eligible to sit for the IBLCE exam.

Please Note

The Program

  • Number of courses: Pathway 1: 1 class & Pathway 2: See Requirements
  • Total units: 12
  • Estimated cost: Pathway 1: $995 & Pathway 2: $3495 + clinical background document fees
  • Time to Complete: Pathway 1: 6 months & Pathway 2: 9 months
  • Delivery: Pathway 1: Online & Pathway 2: Hybrid
To learn about becoming a Lactation Consultant in more detail, please visit breastfeeding-education.com and watch a comprehensive presentation from our lead instructor, Gini Baker.

Application Term for Pathway 2 will be from January 1st till June 30th 2016.

Application for Hybrid Pathway 2 Program will be accepted January 4, 2017 - June 30th, 2017. Next Hybrid Pathway 2 Program will be offered in Fall 2017(Course starts mid-September and ends mid-June).