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.
Certification as a lactation consultant is approved preparation for healthcare providers who interact and triage infant nutrition problems and concerns. The course of study is based on objectives, guidelines and competencies established by LEAARC.
Although UC San Diego does not issue the credential of Lactation Consultant, they support the IBLCE.
Students who complete this certificate will:
Pathway 2 Qualification
Pathway 2 Candidates are defined as having completed all of the requirements below, prior to application:
Candidates Must Have All Requirements Completed Prior to Applying
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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 2017.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
Required for Pathway 2 students only
This program prepares health professionals and other interested individuals to become lactation educators. It furnishes the basic information necessary to promote breastfeeding and to interact in the breastfeeding situation by assisting and encouraging the breastfeeding triad of mother, baby, and support person. Topics include basic anatomy and physiology of lactation, early attachment of the baby, hospital care, support during the postpartum stage, common concerns and solutions, and appliances and apparatuses used in breastfeeding. At completion of the course students are "Certificated Lactation Educator Counselors". The Certification is valid for 5 years from the date printed on the certificate. To renew your certificate you will need to complete the Refresher:Lactation Educator Counselor Training (Course# RMED-40026).
Only 1 of the courses below required depending on approved Pathway
An advanced and comprehensive educational course as mandated by the IBLCE for certification as a Lactation Consultant. This information will allow graduates to have the educational background necessary to practice the IBCLC profession; to utilize research based clinical information & techniques to promote breastfeeding as the normal process of feeding infants; to prepare lactation consultants to triage & formulate plans of care for difficult breastfeeding situation; & to prepare students to pass the educational components of the IBLCE exam for certification as a IBCLC. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to apply advanced knowledge to the triage & problem management of the breastfeeding situation to meet the needs of the newborn & the family. This course is entirely online. It consists of lectures by Gini Baker, RN, MPH, IBCLC & lectures by world renown experts. The course runs over 2 quarters & can be accessed 24/7 online. This program is by application only and candidates must meet the IBLCE pathway 1 requirements to be eligable to apply.
An advanced and comprehensive educational and clinical course as mandated by the IBLCE for certification as a Lactation Consultant. This information will allow graduates to have the educational background necessary to practice the IBCLC profession; to utilize research based clinical information and techniques to promote breastfeeding as the normal process of feeding infants; to prepare lactation consultants to triage & formulate plans of care for difficult breastfeeding situation; to give the clinical basics for the profession; & to prepare students to pass the IBLCE exam for certification as a IBCLC. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to apply advanced knowledge to the triage & problem management of the breastfeeding situation to meet the needs of the newborn & the family. This course is a Hybrid online course. It consists of online lectures by Gini Baker, RN, MPH, IBCLC and lectures by world renown experts; homework submitted online; clinical of 300 hours completed in person where you live; & monthly live webinars with students and instructor. This program is by application only and candidates must meet the IBLCE pathway 2 college requirements plus the UCSD Extension requirements in order to apply.
Pathway 2 students additional CE subjects required for IBCLE exam
Using an anatomy and physiology systems approach, this course reviews common terms associated with medical practice, research, and different healthcare settings. The goal: to better prepare individuals to be productive in healthcare work environments. Students should be able to decipher an entry in a medical chart or record and know how to approach and read unfamiliar terms. Students complete the course within the 4 week section in which they are enrolled.
This course is designed to develop an integrated understanding of human structure and function, and an appreciation for the close interrelationship between anatomy and physiology.
Clinical examples utilized in the course will assist students in learning that the disease process is a disruption of homeostasis and a breakdown of the normal integration of form and function, and that medical intervention may restore normal function. Health and wellness issues will be discussed to reinforce the basic concepts of human structure and function by applying them in practical ways to current problems in medicine, public health, athletics, fitness, and trends in research and technology.
This course covers basic principles of medical ethics (autonomy, beneficence and justice) as they apply to delivery of healthcare and to human subjects research; the risks and benefits of electronic medical records (EMRs); and application of principles of medical ethics to the challenges presented by moving from paper to EMRs. Ethical reasoning skills are developed using real life case studies through analysis of real cases and students’ own views about EMR are clarified.
Effective Medical Documentation requires an understanding of the basic principles and formats of medical charts. Learn the several charting formats including Narrative, Problem Oriented, ADIME and computerized charting. This course will review documenting and charting as well as vocabulary used in the Lactation practice. Included will also be a review of important components of the Lactation Consultant process, as well as charting practice from case scenarios.
This course is specifically designed for general healthcare personnel in healthcare or healthcare-related organizations. Students will receive a broad, comprehensive exposure to safety and health requirements in the healthcare setting. They will be introduced to general safety and health program requirements, the framework of an effective and comprehensive safety and health program, and receive an introduction to specific workplace hazards and methods of hazard control one may find in different healthcare occupations. Upon completion of this course students will be able to apply this knowledge to healthcare workplace settings they may encounter.
The concepts of Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology will be communicated through a series of web-based sessions, with each session building upon knowledge and principles communicated in previous session(s). Course content will be presented in a logical, engaging and step-wise manner with a sharp focus on the role of infection control Practitioners/Preventionist. The series of web-based sessions will begin with an overview of the epidemiological principles and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) evidenced based methods and recommendations used in the development and practice of disease and infection surveillance, prevention and control for the General Acute Care Hospital (GACH).
This course presents the statistics essentials for the non-statistician involved in clinical trials. Topics include study designs, hypothesis testing, sample size calculations, assumptions, controls, endpoints, data management principles, data presentations and analysis plans, methods for analysis, and conclusions.
Over the ten-week length of the course, students will study nutrition science principles on the following topics:
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.
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Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program. Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited. All students are required to complete the application (click on "Apply Now").
There will be a $60 fee upon
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