OUHSC RD Student Education Checklist

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). 

OBRC has collaborated with the OUSHC College of Allied Health, Department of Nutritional Sciences to create an RD/P3 program to help HSC Dietetic Students to simultaneously study to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Students who choose this program will apply to the OBRC P3 program after being accepted into the OUHSC Dietetics Program. The benefit of this RD/P3 program is that students can obtain 2 of the 4 months of required lactation clinical training hours during their final months of the OUHSC Dietetic Program. A general outline of this schedule is below.

  • 1-month Community Rotation with OBRC
  • 1-month Lactation Community Elective Rotation with OBRC
  • Graduate OUHSC Dietetics Program
  • 2-months as a full-time OBRC P3 Trainee (immediately following graduation)

Requirement #1 - General Education

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

  • There are exceptions to the education requirements for OUHSC RD Students.
  • Please read the below.

Requirement #2 - Health Educaiton

8 subjects required from an accredited institution of higher learning: 

Biology, Nutrition, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Introduction to Clinical Research, Infant Child Growth and Development, Psychology or Counselling Skills or Communication Skills, Sociology or Cultural Sensitivity or Cultural Anthropology.

Click here to be directed to IBLCEs Health Education Guide. Use this guide to find classes that can be accepted in lieu of the above list.

Requirement #3 - Health Courses & Certifications

Provide proof of:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification (required by IBLCE)
  • Student Liability Insurance: $1,000,000 / $6,000,000 coverage (required by IBLCE)

Requirement #4 - Lactation Education

Provide certificate of completion of:

  • 95 Hours of Lactation Specific Education

We recommend Lactation Education Resources courses 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.

Why are these courses/certifications required?