Lactation Consultant Training Program (Certificate)

The LCTP is a comprehensive, CAAHEP accredited Pathway 2 training program administered through the Metropolitan College of Professional Studies at Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Program Goal

Help diversify the field of lactation to include more people of color, positively impact health outcomes and help address breastfeeding and health disparities and inequities

Program Structure

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 is an in-person training only with no online components

  • Didactic Courses: Completed within a 10-month school year (with a summer and winter orientation)
    • Weekly three-hour interactive session on campus on Tuesdays from 6 - 8:50 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 (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. 

Thes courses include:

  1. Biology
  2. Human Anatomy
  3. Human Physiology
  4. Infant Child Growth and Development
  5. Introduction to Clinical Research
  6. Nutrition
  7. Psychology or Counseling Skills or Communication Skills
  8. 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:  

  1. Basic Life Support (CPR, ADE)
  2. Medical Documentation
  3. Medical Terminology
  4. Occupational Safety and Security for Health Professionals,
  5. Professional Ethics for Health Professionals
  6. Universal Safety Precautions and Infection Control

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Program Fees

School Year Fees subject to change. Payment plans are available. Financial aid is available if the student is also enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Item Semester 1 Semester 2
Tuition ($325 per credit hour) $1950.00 (for 6 credit hours) $1950.00 (for 6 credit hours)
Technology Fee $25.00 $25.00
Parking Decal $30.00 $30.00
Hybrid Courses $125 $125
Clinical Fees $3,445 $3,445
TOTAL $5,575.00 $5,575.00

To Apply

Application submission does not guarantee acceptance. All applications must undergo review by a selection committee.

To apply, please click here. We are accepting applications year-round on a rolling basis, however, the deadline for the next cohort is September 30, 2020.

Applicants will be contacted in October with a decision.

  • Online Application - A degree is not required for admission to the program. Non-traditional students in social work, psychology, education and technology are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline September 30, 2020.
  • Transcripts – Unofficial or official transcripts can be submitted by email to the Program Manager, Lugenia Grider lgrider@jcsu.edu , electronically from a clearinghouse https://tsorder.studentclearinghouse.org/ or mailed to the Program Manager’s attention to the address at the end of this email.

Students must have completed the majority of the prerequisite courses as outlined by the Pathway Two Program guidelines set forth by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

Prerequisite courses: 

  • Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Growth/Development
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology/Communication
  • Introduction to Research
  • Sociology/Anthropology

An applicant may still be considered for admission if one or two of the listed prerequisite classes has not been completed prior to the beginning of the program. It is expected that individuals in this situation provide evidence of enrollment in the remaining prerequisite classes prior to beginning the LCTP, and must show proof of successful completion. Failure to successfully complete the outstanding class will result in dismissal from the program. It is imperative to recognize that transcripts submitted are reviewed only for application and admissions purposes, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his or her prerequisite classes meet the requirements of IBLCE for the IBCLC exam. 

  • Two Letters of Recommendation – can be professional or personal and should speak of your character, qualities and capabilities that would make you the ideal candidate for the Lactation Consultant Training Program. Letters must be submitted by email attachment in PDF file format with a handwritten signature on the organization’s letterhead, if applicable.
  • Essay - A personal statement highlighting related experiences in maternal-child health, your life achievements and challenges. Tell us how enrollment in the LCTP can help you achieve your goals. Submit essay by email to Program Manager, Lugenia Grider lgrider@jcsu.edu in PDF file format with a minimum of 250 and a maximum of 650 words single-spaced.

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