Advanced Lymphedema Management Certification (ALM)

This expert level 6-day certification course provides instruction on advanced topics of Lymphedema Management, including Head and Neck Lymphedema (HNL), Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS), difficult patient case studies, advanced bandaging techniques, compression pumps, postoperative and postradiation intervention techniques, circulatory and integumentary systems, wound assessment, wound care and more. This certification course consists of three 2-day sections: ACOLS Advanced Lymphedema Management course, ACOLS Management of Lymphedema of the Head and Neck course and our new ACOLS Fundamentals of Wound Care course.

Alumni students who have already completed the ACOLS Advanced Lymphedema Management course and/or ACOLS Management of Lymphedema of the Head and Neck course can receive credit and only take the sections they have missed to qualify for the new Advanced Lymphedema Management (ALM) designation.

The course will be taught by ACOLS instructors who are licensed physical therapists certified in wound care. The course is open to Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) certified PTs or OTs only. Must be previously CLT certified through either the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, the Norton School, Klose School or LANA.

Course Topics

  • Pathology Head & Neck Lymphedema - Causes of HNL, Lymphostatic Encephalopathy, Surgical Procedures and Radiation Therapy.
  • Effects of HNL on Communication, Swallowing and Psychosocial Aspects Lymphostatic Encephalopathy
  • Review of Trunk Treatment for Upper Extremity Lymphedema (Manual Lymph Drainage)
  • Upper Extremity Bandaging/Trunk Compression
  • Head & Neck Treatment Sequence
  • MLD with other Conditions
  • Lower Extremity and Trunk Sequence (Manual Lymph Drainage)
  • Lower Extremity Bandaging/Alternative Lower Extremity Compression
  • Axillary Web Syndrome
  • Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (Compression Pumps)
  • PALS Exercise Program
  • Review Genital Bandaging
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Development of a basic Treatment Plan for Patients with HNL.
  • Appropriate Modalities to reduce HNL, to include: Manual Lymph Drainage and Compression for the Head and Neck
  • Review of MLD Techniques and Treatment Sequences for HNL
  • Compression Therapy for HNL
  • Other Treatment Modalities
  • Review of Measuring Techniques for Facial Compression Products
  • Phases of Wound Healing
  • Wound classification, types of wounds (partial/full thickness, stages, Wagner grades, CEAP, burns
  • Acute vs. Chronic wound
  • Wound Bed Preparation (microenvironment, inflammation vs. infection, debridement, exudate, management bacterial control)
  • Integumentary Assessment, wound examination, clinical measurements
  • Wound Differentiation (venous, arterial, diabetic/neuropathic, atypical)
  • Treatment Interventions (cleansing/irrigation, debridement, offloading, compression considerations, UNNA boots, multilayer compression, pumps, velcro devices, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, light therapy, negative pressure wound therapy)
  • Dressings considerations


This 6-day advanced course is open to Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT's). All participants need to show proof of completion of a CDT certification program from one of the recognized schools.


The tuition for the Advanced Lymphedema Management (ALM) Certification course is $1300.00. A minimum deposit of $500.00 is required at the time of registration and will secure your spot in the course. The balance of the tuition is due thirty (30) days prior to the first day of class. Students who have already taken ACOLS Advanced Lymphedema Management 2 day course and/or ACOLS Lymphedema of the Head & Neck course (HLN) can receive partial credit for tuition and only complete the missing section(s) to receive ALM certification.

We offer an early registration discount of 10% if registered 60 days or more in advance. Financing options and payment plans are available if needed.


This course is 6-days in length (50 contact hours). The classroom hours are 8:00am – 6:30pm. There will be approximately one hour for lunch every day

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)

This course is 50 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 the AOTA, NCBTMB and various state professional boards. Please call for details.


Name Date City State  
Advanced Lymphedema Management Jun 05, 2018 Boston MA Register
Advanced Lymphedema Management Jul 17, 2018 Phoenix AZ Register
Advanced Lymphedema Management Oct 13, 2018 Richmond VA Register
Advanced Lymphedema Management Dec 06, 2018 Palm Beach Gardens FL Register

Is Lymphedema Management Right For You?

World Class Instructors!

Direct contact during our certification courses, small groups, highly trained and certified instructors with many years of experience in education and treatment, as well as up-to-date teaching technologies assure a maximum learning experience for participants in our programs.

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Founder: Joachim Zuther

Our founder, Joachim Zuther, has remained an integral part of our course development and ensuring the future education of lymphedema treatment is at the forefront of scientific discoveries.

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Virtu Arora, ACOLS Instructor

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