Our Courses

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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List of Courses

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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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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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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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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