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Since its founding in 1994, the Academy of Lymphatic Studies has been recognized as the premier source for Lymphedema Management Certification and training among medical professionals and therapists across the U.S. and Canada. Our nationally-renowned faculty board ensures that our Certification graduates have the highest success rates passing the LANA national certification exam for Certified Lymphedema Therapists, which is the gold standard of certification to treat lymphedema-related complications. Small classroom settings ensure focused discussion and plenty of time for hands-on learning.

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Oncology Considerations for Manual Lymph Drainage - An Advanced MLD Course:

In this course, students will learn how to perform manual lymphatic drainage to safely work with people with cancer and with a history of oncology treatments. This course is delivered in a hybrid format, with 2 in-person days of hands-on practice and is open to manual lymph drainage and lymphedema certified therapists.
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Complete Lymphedema Certification Course:

The Complete Lymphedema Certification Course is an intensive course that trains medical professionals to successfully treat and manage Lymphedema. Academy graduates who successfully pass the 135-hour certification course are fully certified and may sit for the LANA National Exam for Lymphedema Therapists.
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Complete Lymphedema Certification Course (Hybrid Format):

The Complete Lymphedema Certification Course is an intensive course that trains medical professionals to successfully treat and manage Lymphedema. Academy graduates who successfully pass the 135-hour certification course are fully certified and may sit for the LANA National Exam for Lymphedema Therapists.
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Advanced Lymphedema Management (ALM):

Our ALM course furthers your education and expands your skill set with detailed instruction in elastic taping and advanced bandaging techniques for lymphedema, detailed treatment techniques in the management of lymphedema affecting the head & neck, as well as wound care for skin damages associated with lymphedema. Your CLT-ALM designation will alert physicians to your advanced qualifications and allow you to treat a wider patient population.
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Lymphedema Management Seminar:

The Lymphedema Management Seminar serves as an introduction to the management of upper and lower extremity lymphedema (primary and secondary). It is focused on increasing the understanding of proper lymphedema management and the application of the techniques known as Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) and Complete Decongestive Therapy for lymphedema and other conditions. *NOTE: this is NOT a certification course. To become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), please see our Complete Lymphedema Certification course.
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Manual Lymph Drainage Certification:

This 5-day, 40-hour certification course is a careful balance between lecture topics and hands-on lessons. The course will assist therapists in developing treatment sequences for the management of edema of various geneses including post-traumatic and post-surgical edema; as well as several pathologies such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, chronic pain reduction and others. Upon successful completion of this course, the therapists are fully certified in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) techniques, as developed by Emil Vodder, Ph.D. and are prepared to use the techniques on clients with a relatively healthy lymphatic system.
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Manual Lymph Drainage (Hybrid format):

This 40-hour MLD certification course has the same content as our 5-day, in-person MLD certification course, however this course incorporates a more flexible way of learning. We have split our 5-day live course into three parts, allowing participants to spend less time away from home and work.
This hybrid course is a careful balance between lecture topics and hands-on lessons. This course is ideally suited to serve as an introduction to the techniques and applications of the treatment known as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), as developed by Emil Vodder, Ph.D.
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Advanced MLD - Management of Post Plastic Surgery Procedures:

This 28-hour Advanced MLD course will assist therapists in developing treatment sequences and protocols specific to post surgery of Liposuction, Breast Surgeries, Tummy Tucks, and Brazilian Butt Lifts. This will include and discuss the techniques, contraindications, risk factors, and protocols related to these surgeries. .
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Advanced and Refresher Courses:

The Academy offers advanced courses to CLT’s interested in further expanding their competency. We offer courses for Management of Head and Neck Lymphedema, Lymphatic Correction using the Elastic Taping Method, as well as Advanced Lymphedema Management and CLT refresher courses. These classes are designed to provide therapists with specialized training to further assist them in their treatment and management of lymphedema patients.
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Online Courses:

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies offers an array of online classes including Anatomy of the Lymphatic System, Complications in Lymphedema, Billing for Lymphedema, and more. Courses range in length from 5-12 hours and can be completed at your convenience.
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International:

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS) is dedicated to bringing Lymphedema Management education to the world to help as many patients as possible. For this reason, ACOLS has partnered with organizations in various countries to offer our 135-hour Complete Lymphedema Certification course.
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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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