CompCAAHEPrehensive Pathway 2 Lactation Consultant Training Program

The Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee. The program earned its initial accreditation on January 21, 2016 and is current until January 31, 2021. CAAHEP 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350

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2018-2019 Cohort of the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative. Pictured here with MCH Department Chair, Carolyn Halpern (far right).

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. MRT-TI is a CAAHEP accredited Pathway 2 Training Program 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 program.

During the program, students complete a minimum of 90 hours of didactic instruction and 300 hours of clinical instruction over the course of two semesters. Clinical hours are earned through the attendance of one clinical day a week. The clinical lactation experience includes primarily direct supervised practice and competency attainment in a hospital or birth center setting, with the student beginning by observing the preceptor and progressing to providing care under the guidance of the preceptor. In addition, students participate in experiential sharing and topic review, shadowing of WIC breastfeeding coordinators and peer counselors, and attendance at breastfeeding support groups and prenatal education classes. Students attend a weekly 3-hour classroom session and participate in research presentations, lecture, and clinical case study sharing The didactic learning also includes project assignments, exams and attendance at breastfeeding conferences.

Successful completion of all clinical and didactic coursework, competencies, passing grades for both MHCH 765 and 766, and the attainment of 300 clinical hours and 90 didactic hours are required for graduation from the program. The Director of Training then issues a letter of verification of completion of the program that may be submitted to the IBLCE.

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2019-2020 MRTTI Application

Applications will not be accepted after April 30, 2019.

Non-Discrimination Policy for Admission

The MRT-TI admissions policies adhere to those of the University:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
  • The Equal Opportunity/ADA Office (100 E. Franklin Street, Unit 110, CB #9160, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9160 or (919) 966-3576) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies.
  • Please visit the University Policies website for additional details.
Disability Statement

The MRT-TI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified students with disabilities, so long as such disabilities, as determined on a case-by-case basis, do not preclude the student from meeting the qualifications considered essential by the MRT-TI administration for successful completion of the educational objectives of its curriculum.

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill facilitates the implementation of reasonable accommodations, including resources and services, for students with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, a temporary disability or pregnancy complications resulting in difficulties with accessing learning opportunities.
All accommodations are coordinated through the Accessibility Resources and Service Office. In the first instance please visit, (919) 962-8300 or Please contact ARS as early in the semester as possible.

If you have a question about the program, please search these references BEFORE calling the director of the program or emailing Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Program Information for Applicants and Students

Frequently Asked Questions

MRT-TI Student Handbook 2019

IBLCE Exam Pass Rate

Cohort Academic Year
Exam Year
First Time Pass Rate Percent
Cumulative First Time Pass Rate Percent
89 (N=8/9)
93 (N=13/14)

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.