CAAHEP & LEAARC logosThe Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( ) upon recommendation of the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee.

At this time the program is only residential. 

Learn about Mary Rose Tully here.




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 submit the online application, including uploading unofficial transcripts and 2 letters of recommendation. 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 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:

Once the required documents are reviewed, click here to apply. Please make sure you have your unofficial transcripts and recommendation letters available.

The application period for the 2024-2025 cohort is now open and will remain open until Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

Applications will be reviewed by our admissions committee, and admissions decisions will be sent via email by May 31, 2024.

Our program will host a new student webinar over the summer and a new student orientation the week before classes begin.

Have questions about applying or want to know more about the program? Join us for our online webinar on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 4 pm. Click here to register.

Any additional questions can be submitted to

IBLCE Exam Pass Rate*

Exam Year First Time Pass Rate %
2016 93, N = 13/14
2017 100
2018 100
2019 100
2020 100
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.