Lactation Program Review: ASU Lactation Educator Course


Lactation Program Review: 

Lactation: Educator Course via Arizona State University (ASU)

By Bridget Abramson

October 12, 2015

What year were you enrolled in program? 2014-2015

How long did it take you to complete the program? 6 weeks

Certification or Certificate Offered – Lactation Educator Certificate is awarded at end of course.

Delivery of Program – Completely online. See here for dates of course offerings.

Books & Materials Required – The textbook Breastfeeding and Human Lactation by Karen Wambach and Jan Riordan, which currently costs between $115-144 on Amazon.

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $325 for 1-3 people from same agency. Price goes down to $300 for 4-10 people from same agency. Cost for ASU students is $125.

# of L-CERPs, Nursing Contact Hours, CEUs, CPEs, etc. offered – 58 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours & CERPs. Course is LEAARC approved.

Do this program’s hours meet partial or full requirements for the IBCLC exam’s lactation specific training requirement?

Yes – partially (58 hours).

If yes, how many hours of lactation specific training are counted for the IBCLC exam?

58 hours are counted towards the 90 hour lactation education IBCLC exam requirement.

What did you like about the program?

  • I learned up-to-date information that I frequently use when working with breastfeeding moms and babies.
  • The activities were helpful for learning the material and you are given more than one chance to pass the quizzes.
  • It is self-paced, so you can decide when to complete assignments.

What did you dislike about the program?

  • There is a large amount of reading. It’s all good information, but can take some time to get through.

What would you change about the program?

A few extra weeks would be helpful to have time to complete the reading assignments.

How time-consuming and/or rigorous did you find the program?

You can complete it with a full-time job or family.  You do need to be self-disciplined to make sure that you get through all the assignments in the 6 week time-frame.

Would you recommend this program to others? 

Definitely. The lectures our interesting and have valuable information that you can actually use.

Knowing what you know now, would you take this program again?  I wish they had more classes!

Do you feel the course and/or certification helped you obtain your goals?

Yes! After taking the courses, I feel more confident to work with breastfeeding moms and babies.

Any additional comments? The courses really helped me prepare for the IBCLC exam.

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? No

Would you like to write a review of a Lactation Training Program that you’ve taken? If so, don’t be shy! You can access the review form directly from Galactablog. Or directly online via Google Forms here.

See here for more program details along with comparison of similar Lactation Training Programs.


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