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Undergraduate Certificate in Human Lactation

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

The undergraduate certificate in Human Lactation offers comprehensive lactation training for:

  • Students who want to improve their lactation skills,
  • Non-health professionals who want to become certified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC),
  • Health professionals want to become certified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC),
  • Students wishing to seek a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences,
  • Students interested in politics, policy and research from the perspective of improving maternal and infant health outcomes.

Completion of the Lactation Pathway enables students to sit for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) exam. IBCLC designation enables students to provide advanced practice clinical lactation care for families in a variety of settings.

For students completing Lactation Education at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, please see a list of pre-requisites.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in lactation, please complete our Lactation Education Advising Worksheet to determine which pathway is right for you.

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

Lactation Advising

During each term we offer Advising appointments for prospective students who have questions or would like to meet with faculty in-person, virtually or by telephone. Prior to attending an Advising session, please complete the Lactation Education Advising Worksheet.

If you cannot meet at the available Advising appointment times please email lactation@pdx.edu with your availability and your preference for an in-person, virtual or phone appointment.

Schedule Lactation Advising

Virtual Advising – If you cannot come to campus in-person Advising you can participate via our distance-learning classroom.
FYI – We suggest you use a headset with a mic on it for the best audio quality.

Guest Link to Virtual Advising

For directions to the PSU Urban Center see this map.

Informational Videos

To learn more about the IBLCE Certification process and what our program offers watch the short videos below .

How to Become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)


What are the IBLCE Health Sciences Education Requirements?


How Can I Obtain Lactation Specific Clinical Experience?

Undergraduate Certificate in Human Lactation at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Still have questions? See our Advising Calendar for the in-person and virtual Advising schedule.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition follows the PSU undergraduate tuition rate 

  • Lactation Education 1, 2, 3 – 10 credits total
  • Pathway 2 Lactation Practicum – 13 credits total

There are additional fees for the Pathway 2 practicum and those who choose to sit for the IBLCE Exam. 

  • Practicum fees – The practicum has fees beyond that for the course itself. The approximate cost is between $100-$200.
  • Exam Fees – The final step in IBLCE certification is applying for and passing the IBCLE Exam. All students who successfully complete the SPH Pathway 2 courses (Lactation Education 1,2 and 3 and the Lactation Practicum) will be eligible to apply for and take the IBCLE Exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
  • Licensure fees may apply. Please check your state laws.

Financial Aid

Below is a list of financial aid options available to Lactation Education students

Please note additional eligibility requirements and details by following the link: 

Lactation Scholarship Application

 

OHSU-PSU School of Public Health scholarships  

OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Dean’s Scholarship Fund

Jim Sells Childcare Subsidy for qualified students

PSU Financial Aid for qualified students

Transfer Student Financial Aid Information

Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification – provides financial assistance to qualified candidates seeking International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and current IBCLCs seeking recertification.