The Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org ) upon recommendation of the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee.
At this time the program is only residential.
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute began the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative (MRT-TI) in 2009 with the cooperation of the UNC Women’s and Children’s Hospital staff. In 2016, MRT-TI earned the distinction of becoming the first accredited Pathway 2 lactation consultant training program in the United States. The program is housed within the Maternal and Child Health department at UNC Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Students receive a solid foundation in breastfeeding and human lactation, as well as exposure to a broad spectrum of practice experiences. Public Health perspectives both on a national and international scale are woven throughout the two-semester program, which provides a minimum of 300 clinical hours and 95 didactic hours.
Application Process and Information
Applicants are required to fill out and submit the program application, personal statements, letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts.
Please note that application and enrollment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a separate process and should not be confused with the application and enrollment to the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative (MRT-TI). MRT-TI is not a degree program or a continuing education course. Completion of the program does not guarantee employment.
Prior to submitting an application, applicants are required to review the following documents:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Fair Practice and Program Information
- Essential Standards
- Application Process, Tuition and Fees
Once the required documents are reviewed, please submit your application and supporting documents via email to MRT-TI@unc.edu. Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort are now closed. The application period for the 2024-2025 cohort will open on February 1, 2024.
IBLCE Exam Pass Rate*
|Exam Year||First Time Pass Rate %|
|2016||93, N = 13/14|
|2021||92, N = 12/13|
|2022||78, N = 7/9**|
*The program began in 2009. This chart is reflective of the exam results since the program earned its initial accreditation in 2016.
**2 pending, not included in overall count.
Why Choose IBCLC Certification through IBLCE?
IBLCE is the global authority that determines the competency of practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care. IBCLCs are essential members of the maternal-child health team who protect, promote and support breastfeeding to benefit the health and well-being of women, children and families worldwide. The IBCLC credential is the premier and only certification for lactation consultants. Consumers, employers and health care team members can trust that individuals who hold the IBCLC credential have demonstrated competence to practice and that the public is protected from unsafe and unethical practitioners through IBLCE’s long-standing disciplinary process and procedures.