Provides supervised breastfeeding support education in the context of clinical lactation services and public health practice. Students receive didactic and clinical training and earn a minimum of 300 clinical hours and 90 didactic hours required for program completion and to comply with the requirements of an IBLCE-Approved Pathway 2 Program. Content considers equity, population and program-based applications, the social determinants of health, and factors and barriers specifically affecting people of color.
This program requires you to be a North Carolina resident.
- Didactic Courses: Completed within a 10-month school year (with a summer and winter orientation)
- Weekly three-hour interactive session (class is a hybrid setting with a monthly in-person on-campus class) from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Includes: topic review, experiential sharing and debriefing, homework assignments, projects, presentations, small group discussions, in-class exercises, case studies presented by students, examples from the public health literature, and exams
- Clinical Practicum: Completed simultaneously with the didactic courses
At least 1, 8-hour day per week at a designated clinical site (in Charlotte, NC or surrounding area hospital, outpatient clinic, or WIC office.
- Attendance at breastfeeding conferences, support groups, prenatal classes and other pre-approved events will also be an important part of each student’s experience
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of eligibility to then sit for the IBLCE exam to become an IBCLC.
Required Prerequisites »
The required courses are NOT included in the program but all courses are offered at Johnson C. Smith University.
These courses include:
- Human Anatomy
- Human Physiology
- Infant Child Growth and Development
- Introduction to Clinical Research
- Psychology or Counseling Skills or Communication Skills
- Sociology or Cultural Sensitivity or Cultural Anthropology
The Program Director or Manager cannot inform a student if their prerequisites will be accepted by IBLCE. Please visit their website and review the criteria for acceptance.
It is highly recommended that students only take 1-2 of these during the course of the program and complete the rest beforehand.
The required subjects are included in our program:
These subjects include:
- Basic Life Support (CPR, ADE)
- Medical Documentation
- Medical Terminology
- Occupational Safety and Security for Health Professionals,
- Professional Ethics for Health Professionals
- Universal Safety Precautions and Infection Control