Required Education Checklist

Please first review IBLCE's Pathway 3 Plan Guide. This guide outlines all requirements to start and complete a Pathway 3 program.

At OBRC, we help prepare the next generation of lactation consultants by providing our own Pathway 3 Clinical Training program. This program helps those who qualify to obtain clinical experience hours through our 4-month, full-time, clinical rotation schedule. Trainees will gain experience in a variety of settings including: inpatient and outpatient areas, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank, as well as clinics out in the community. Completion of the OBRC P3 Program fulfills the clinical training requirement to be eligible to sit for the exam put forth by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) for designation as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). 

If you DO NOT work in one of the below facilities where you can obtain on the job clinical practice hours, then our program may be the one for you!  


  • Hospital
  • Birth Center
  • Community Clinic
  • Lactation Care Clinic/Practice
  • Primary Care Practitioner’s Practice/Office

Requirement #1 - General Education

OBRC requires passing grades in all education classes/certifications before you can sit for an interview.

  • OBRC prefers applicants to have an Associate's Degree or an equivalent number of college credits (60 credit hours or more)
    • Note: Completion of all required courses and certifications IS considered an equivalent number of credits.

Requirement #2 - Health Educaiton

The below 8 subjects must be taken from an accredited institution of higher learning:

  1. Biology
  2. Nutrition
  3. Human Anatomy
  4. Human Physiology
  5. Introduction to Clinical Research
  6. Infant Child Growth and Development
  7. Psychology or Counselling Skills or Communication Skills
  8. Sociology or Cultural Sensitivity or Cultural Anthropology

If you do not have these exact courses, click here to be directed to IBLCEs Health Education Guide. This guide outlines what classes IBLCE will consider in lieu of those listed above.

Requirement #3 - Health Courses & Certifications

 You will also need to complete the below courses/certifications:

  1. Medical Terminology
  2. Medical Documentation
  3. Professional Ethics for Health Professionals
  4. Universal Safety Precautions and Infection Control
  5. Occupational Safety and Security for Health Professionals
  6. Basic Life Support Certification (available at your local hospital, fire department or Red Cross training facility)

Requirement #4 - Lactation Education

  1. 90 Hours of Lactation Specific Education
  2. 5 Hours of Communication Education   

We recommend Lactation Education Resources, GOLD Learning or any LEAARC certified program

Have all requirements?

If you have transcripts, certificates and/or recognized license to show your completion of the listed courses, click here to be directed to the Program Checklist.