LANA Exam Preparation | ACOLS

This 2-day advanced course is open to Certified Lymphedema Therapists only. All participants need to show proof of completion of a CDT certification program from one of the recognized schools.

Please check the LANA® website for more details of the exam dates and registration for the LANA® exam prior to attending the course (

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Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to understand:

  • Lymphatic anatomy
  • The integumentary system
  • Interstitium and connective tissue
  • Lymphatic drainage of the head, neck, upper and lower extremities as well as the
  • Trunk and genital regions
  • Physiology of lymphatic fluid formation (Starling’s Equilibrium)
  • Lymph transport, volume, lymphatic loads, mechanical, dynamic, combined insufficiencies, lymph-stasis
  • Classification of lymphedema, etiology, staging, severity, congenital and acquired disorders
  • Aplasia, hypo/hyperplasia, dysplasia syndromes, Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, Turner syndrome, Noonan's Syndrome, diagnostic tests
  • Etiology of secondary causes, post-cancer therapy, lymphadenectomy, radiation injury, trauma, filariasis, self-induced (factitious)
  • Other diagnoses such as lipedema, lipo lymphedema, venous edema, chronic venous insufficiency, phlebo-lymphostatic edema, lymphangiosarcoma
  • patient evaluation, history, diet, infections, complaints, psycho-social impact, physical examination, skin changes, appearance, Stemmer Sign
  • Volumetrics, measurements
  • Risk reduction, precautions, lymphedema management
  • Principles of manual lymph drainage
  • Indications/contraindications
  • Pneumatic pumps
  • Compression bandaging
  • The Law of LaPlace
  • Compression therapy indications/contraindications
  • Compression garments
  • Compression classes
  • Materials
  • Fitting principles, common problems
  • Exercise principles, methods, effects
  • Skin care
  • Patient education, self care
  • ADLs
  • Quality of life issues, psycho-social impact, compliance, palliative care


This 2-day advanced course is open to Certified Lymphedema Therapists only. All participants need to show proof of completion of a CDT certification program from one of the recognized schools.

It is recommended, not required, that you purchase the textbook "Lymphedema Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners" by Joachim Zuther.  For students registering for this course, we offer a discounted price for the textbook of $70.00 (regularly $89.90) plus shipping.  To purchase the textbook with your online registration, click here to place your order (enter Coupon Code OE70 during checkout) or simply email our Admissions Representative through our contact form and tell them you would like the textbook added to your registration.  There will be an additional charge of $70.00 plus shipping added to your registration receipt.  All receipts will be emailed to you within 24 business hours.


The tuition for this course is $395.00.  We offer our alumni a 10% discount.  If you register online, the discount will be applied automatically upon confirmation of alumni status.


To register for this class, simply click here.  This will take you to our Schedule of Courses where you will be able to select the course of your choice and register.  If you register online, your confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you within 24 business hours after registration.

If you would prefer to register via telephone, simply call our Admissions Representative at:

(800) 863-5935 x2 / (772) 589-3355 x2

We are available Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm EST.

Dates and Locations

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies now offers more classes in more locations, allowing the student to choose which location best serves their needs.  Click here to see our current Schedule of Courses.


This course is 2 days in length (16 contact hours).  The classroom hours are 8:00am – 6:00pm on the first day, and 8:00am  3:15pm on the second day.  There will be approximately one hour for lunch every day.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)

This course is 16 Contact Hours.  CEU's are available.  Each state and profession is different, so please contact our Admissions Department for more detailed information regarding CEU approvals.  Academy of Lymphatic Studies is an approved provider for AOTA and NCBTMB.

What to Bring

  • Bring your textbook (if you have it).
  • Two sheets to cover the treatment tables and draping.
  • Pen/Pencil/Highlighters, as these may be useful for highlighting your manual.

All other class materials will be given to you on the first day of class.

What to Wear

Certain techniques that are practiced during classtime may require direct contact with the skin.  Please have the following items available for class labs:

  • Ladies: Bathing suits, halter-tops, sports bras, shorts
  • Gentlemen: shorts, or bathing suit.

It is recommended you wear these items under comfortable clothing. The days can be long, so we want you to be as comfortable as possible. You may also want to bring a light jacket with you to class. Classroom temperatures can be difficult to regulate.

Where to Go

The location/hotel information will be provided to you upon registration.  This will have detailed information on the location and accommodations of the course, including directions, special rates, etc.

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