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Complete Lymphedema Certification Course (MLD & CDT) (135 hours)

Academy of Lymphatic Studies

Format(s):   Live Seminars
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy
Contact Hours:   135
Registration Fee:   $3150

Each course participants will be trained in the four components of CDT and the management of lymphedema (see topics covered in class). Upon completion of this course participants will be able to differentiate between a variety of peripheral edemas and understand the medical indications and contraindications of CDT. Furthermore the therapist will be able to establish a treatment plan for individuals with chronic extremity lymphedema and other conditions and perform the treatment accordingly.

Target Audience
PT's, PTA's, OT's, COTA's, MT's

Confirmation Notes
Once ACOLS is in receipt of your registration materials, you will receive a confirmation package via UPS, containing the following items:

Hotel information: We have contracts with hotels in the vicinity, i.e. walking distance of our course locations. These hotels provide drastically reduced room rates for ACOLS participants.

Home study materials: To ensure your successful participation in the course we want you to familiarize yourself with certain relevant topics prior to your first day in class. You will receive the textbook "Lymphedema Management" and the course manual containing a home study course. You are expected to spend approximately 30 hours on the home study materials. You will not be tested on your home study topics - however, the more familiar you are with the topics, the smoother your progression will be during the class.
Tuition is fully transferrable up to ten days prior to the first day of the course free of charge, one time only. Subsequent transfers will incur a $50.00 transfer fee. The fee will be deducted from the participant’s credit balance. In the event the participant decides to cancel and request a refund, the Cancellation Policy stated below will apply in addition to the transfer fees accrued.

Cancellation Policy
If participant cancels within three business days of registration, the amount paid is fully refundable. If participant does not cancel within this period, participant agrees to adhere to all policies contained herein.
The tuition for all of our courses is fully refundable* and/or transferable up to ten days before the class begins. There is a cancellation fee of $100 if the participant cancels within the ten-day period prior to the first day of class. The full tuition becomes non-refundable once the participant has attended all or part of the course, whether or not the participant successfully completes the course. Documented medical/family emergencies are the only exceptions.
*If the course materials have been shipped to/received by the participant, we will hold up to** $250 of the refund until the materials are returned to us. The materials must be returned to us undamaged, void of handwriting, marks or highlights, in re-saleable condition. Once materials are received back to our office, in undamaged condition, we will refund the remaining funds due to the participant. If the participant decides to keep all or a portion of the materials, the prices below will be assessed to each item retained by the participant. The remaining items must be returned to us, undamaged. Once the remaining materials are received back to our office, we will charge for each item retained and refund the difference.
Textbook - $90.00 Course Manual - $125.00 Lymphedema Today CD - $35.00
**Not all of our courses use these exact materials and not all of our courses ship these materials prior to the start of the course. We will only hold the amount necessary for the items shipped to the participant until they are returned. If you did not receive any materials prior to the start of the course, we will refund your tuition in full if cancellation was more than 10 days prior to the start of the course. Within 10 days of the start of the course, $100 of the tuition is non-refundable.

Class Topics:
  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology of the lymphatic system
  • Basic and advanced techniques of MLD and CDT
  • Treatment of primary and secondary lymphedema as well as related conditions
  • Treatment of pediatric lymphedema, head/neck and genital lymphedema
  • Lymphedema bandaging techniques for upper and lower extremities
  • Decongestive exercises for lymphedema patients
  • Measuring techniques for edema (volumetric and circumferential)
  • Measuring techniques for compression garments (with certification) - JUZO, Elvarex
  • Home maintenance and self-treatment for lymphedema patients
  • Hygienic skin and nail care for lymphedema
  • Indications and contraindications for MLD and CDT
  • Billing issues for lymphedema therapy
  • Marketing issues for lymphedema therapists
  • Up-to-date teaching tools and technologies are used during the course. ACOLS provides free support of graduates (consulting services, therapist resource listing and more). Educational tools are available for participants (slides, CD-ROMS, posters). ACOLS periodically offers advanced and review classes.

Lymphedema is an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the superficial tissues and is a very common and serious condition worldwide. It has important pathological and clinical consequences for the patient if left untreated.
Secondary lymphedema is often caused by trauma to the lymphatic system, such as surgery, injury, scarring, infection and radiation therapy. Post-mastectomy lymphedema of the upper extremity caused by breast cancer treatment is very common in the United States.
Another cause for lymphedema is malformations of the lymphatic system (primary lymphedema). In such cases the swelling may appear after simple accidents such as sports injuries, which can suddenly overload the lymphatic system.Due to overwhelming student demand, we have changed our traditional two week certification course format to the Accelerated Hybrid Online Program (AHOP). The Accelerated Hybrid Online Program (AHOP) allows students to become fully certified in Complete Decongestive Therapy using a dynamic combination of Home Study/Online lessons and student-centered classroom sessions.
The Complete Lymphedema Certification Course consists of 135 hours. Students will first complete a 30-hour Home Study Program, followed by the 105-hour class for their live lecture and hands-on instruction. The classroom time is taught over 11 consecutive days. It requires only 7 working days and 2 weekends to complete**. Participants can also split the course, attending the first 6 days, then returning within 6 months to finish the last 5 days of the course.
**Beginning January 2014, the Home Study Program will be 45 hours, followed by 90 hours of classroom time. The class will be taught over 9 consecutive days, requiring 5 working days and 2 weekends to complete.
We offer an early registration discount of $250 if registered 60 days or more in advance. Financing options and payment plans are available if needed.

Dates and Locations
Register Address:   Dallas Texas
Dates:   11-07-2015 - 11-15-2015, 12:00AM 12:00AM


Register Address:   Nashville Tennessee
Dates:   11-07-2015 - 11-15-2015, 12:00AM 12:00AM


Register Address:   Palm Beach Gardens Florida
Dates:   12-05-2015 - 12-13-2015, 12:00AM 12:00AM