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SPH Pathway 2 Practicum


The Lactation Practicum is required for students in Pathway 2 who wish to sit for the IBCLE exam.

Practicum is by application only and limited based on the number of available clinical sites each year.

Students are eligible to apply:

Degree seeking students that wish to use the Lactation Practicum to meet internship requirements should be prepared with backup internship plan.

Please speak with Lactation and Undergraduate Advisors for more information.

If you have questions about the program please email lactation@pdx.edu

The Pathway 2 Program is CAAHEP accredited.

Practicum Application and Key Dates

Students are eligible to apply if they have completed Lactation Education 1, 2 and 3 through the School of Public Health.

2020-21 Practicum Cohort Key Dates – Please note. These dates are tentative and subject to change.

Practicum Info Session: April 16th, 6:30. Online – Link to application will be sent out to lactation email list 1 week and 1 day prior to Info Session

Applications Available: April 17th

Applications Due: May 29th

Interviews: June 16, 17, 18

Acceptance Letters offered: July 17th

2020-21 Proof of completing Practicum Requirements due: Aug 28th

Clinical Rotations begin: Oct. 5th

In-Person weekend for Practicum Cohort: Oct. 10th and 11th

Practicum Fees

The practicum has fees beyond that for the course itself. The approximate cost is between $100-$200.

  • Scrubs
  • Background Check & Drug Screen
  • Vaccines
  • TB Screen
  • Basic Life Support
  • ID fees

Practicum Requirements

All students are required to:

  • Pass a background check, including 10 panel drug screen
  • Provide documentation of updated vaccines/titers.
  • Provide documentation of recent TB screen
  • Obtain a Basic Life Support certification.

Students can expect to spend an average of two days per week at their clinical site. Site location and schedule are based on availability and may change from term to term.

In addition to clinical rotation, students will meet with the clinical instructor weekly for 1.5 hours remotely. There will also be a required in-person meeting on a weekend, once per quarter.