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Enrollment Approval

Students with clinical experience working with breastfeeding dyads are most successful in this course; therefore, prospective students must contact the instructor for approval prior to enrollment.
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Contact Instructor:
Jolynn A. Dowling MSN, APRN, NNP-BC, IBCLC
Wichita State University School of Nursing

Email:
Jolynn.dowling@
wichita.edu

Office: 
316-978-5717

Cell:
316-259-4176

N720 Human Lactation

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Course Description

This online course is for the graduate student preparing for practice as a lactation consultant. It provides an in-depth focus on the anatomical and physiological basis of lactation and breastfeeding. This course explores factors that impact maintenance of health during lactation and clinical decisions for disease prevention and addresses preparation for lactation consultant certification.

Additional information about the course:

  • Students work on case studies, develop a paper for publication, and take a final examination via the internet.
  • Open to non-nursing majors.
  • Prerequisite admission to the graduate program.

When is the Course Offered?

This course is offered on-line during the Fall and Spring semesters of the university schedule. The course is 16 weeks.

Credit Hour Description

This course is a graduate level on-line course; therefore, reliable computer access is essential. This course is offered for 3 or 4 credit hours, with students enrolled in the 4 hour course required to complete a scholarly paper/project.

  • 3-Credit Hour Online Class: One credit hour for distance learning is defined as a minimum of three (3) hours of instruction and/or student work per week. The minimum expected time that students should devote to work related to this course is 135 hours (45 hours per credit hour). The expectation of work in order to be successful in this 3-credit hour course is an average of 9 hours of course related student work each week; which includes (but is not limited to) assigned readings, assignments, discussions, and case presentations.
     
  • 4-Credit Hour Online Class:  One credit hour for distance learning is defined as a minimum of three (3) hours of instruction and/or student work per week. The minimum expected time that students should devote to work related to this course is 180 hours (45 hours per credit hour). The expectation of work in order to be successful in this 4-credit hour course is an average of 12 hours of course related student work each week; which includes (but is not limited to) assigned readings, assignments, discussions, case presentations, and development of scholarly paper or project.

Tuition and Fees

Visit Wichita State Online Course website to find online course tuition rates and fees.

 

WSU Application to Graduate School

It is necessary to apply for admission to WSU graduate school prior to enrollment in the course. There will be additional fees for application to WSU. It would be appropriate for the student to apply for admission as non-degree category B student for this course. Complete the Graduate School application form here.


IBLCE Certification

This course is accredited through the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) sponsored by the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA). This course is tailored to the student seeking the professional credential as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBLCE). Students should refer to the IBLCE website to determine the appropriate pathway for certification. The course confers 45 continuing education hours (5 E-CERPS and 40 L-CERPS), or 60 continuing education hours respectively. Additional hours to reach the total of 90 CERPS to sit for the IBLCE exam would need to be obtained through other lactation education offerings.

WSU On-line State Authorization

WSU has to abide by the State Authorization agreement that requires all institutions of higher education to be in compliance with state laws in all states where they offer distance education.  Therefore, all of our online courses (required and elective) are affected by this requirement. Use this State Authorization Web page to determine if your state of residence is approved for enrollment at WSU .