Upcoming Courses

  • Scheduling courses for 2018 and 2019. Please send a message if your site might be interested in hosting a course or if you are interested in attending an upcoming course. 
  • See below for more detailed description of each course

CLT Certification

LymphEd currently offers a Complex Lymphatic Therapy (CLT) certification course for licensed medical professionals, including PTs, OTs, PTAs*, COTAs*, RNs, CNPs, MDs, DPMs, PAs, and MTs* (*certain extra requirements apply). This 135 hour course meets the requirements set by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA). The course consists of 45 hours of a home-based portion and 90 hours on-site instruction. The home-based portion involves reading (textbook, articles, and word documents), watching videos and Powerpoints, and interactive communication with the instructor and fellow students on a closed Facebook page. The on-site portion contains lectures, labs, and self-study/practice time.  To enroll in a course please reach out to us on the Contact Us page. 

Overall, it was one of the best courses I’ve ever been to; very organized and great teaching. I feel prepared with entry level skills to start treating as a CLT
— Anonymous, Former Student

Advanced Concepts in Lymphedema Treatment

This evidence-based course is for previously certified lymphedema therapist, from any program, to enhance knowledge and treatment skills. The course will provide lectures on how theories and knowledge of the lymphatic system and lymphedema have changed in the last few years. This advanced knowledge will then be applied to treatment techniques, especially manual lymphatic drainage for upper and lower extremities, in lab sessions. The course will be 20 hours credit with 4 hours of home program and 2 days on-site. To enroll in a course please reach out to us on the Contact Us page. 

Upcoming dates: March 3rd through March 4th, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Advanced Treatment of Genital Lymphedema

An evidence-based course on female and male genital lymphedema treatment options for certified therapists. The course consists of lecture and lab on the anatomy of the pelvis and genitals, manual lymphatic drainage pathways, bandaging techniques, garment options, and other concepts in treatment. The course will be 20 hours credit with 4 hours of home program and 2 days on-site. To enroll in a course please reach out to us on the Contact Us page.   

Upcoming dates: April 28th through April 29th, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Advanced Treatment of Head and Neck Lymphedema

An evidence-based course on updated treatment options for patients with head and neck lymphedema for certified lymphedema therapists. The course consists of lecture and lab on the anatomy of the head and neck, manual lymphatic drainage pathways, compression techniques, and other concepts in treatment. The course will be 20 hours credit with 4 hours of home program and 2 days on-site. To enroll in a course please reach out to us on the Contact Us page. 

Upcoming dates: August 18th through August 19th, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Course Discounts

  • Hosting sites receive one free slot per course and discounts of $250 for CLT Certification Course and $75 for Advanced Courses for each additional attendee from the site to the current or future courses. (must be the same course in the future)
  • Attendees will received a $75 discount on the second course and $125 off the third course in a 5 year period. Sign up for 3 Advanced courses at one time (can spread actual attendance out over 3 years) and receive $300 off in total.

Other Courses

The goal of LymphEd is to develop and provide more courses on specific populations or skills. The courses offered will continually be changing, so check back often for updates. Some of the upcoming courses include:

  • Advanced Bandaging Techniques
  • Pediatric Treatment Techniques 
  • Lymphedema Overview for Patients, Family, and Friends
  • LANA Certification Review Course.

If you would like more information on a course, enroll or to inquire about being host site or sponsor of an upcoming course, please reach out to us.


I feel like I am leaving this course with so much knowledge and so many great resources to refer back to for challenging cases. Thank you for your time, energy, dedication, and passion to these patients and also to us as students!
— Meg Canale, former student
                                        CLT Class March 2017

                                        CLT Class March 2017

CLT Certification Course Objectives

I.  Cardiovascular/Lymphovascular System and Microcirculation

  1.  The participant will be able to list and explain the components of the lymphatic system
  2. The participant will be able to contribute to discussion questions on the Facebook site on the components of the lymphatic system and Starling’s Equilibrium with the instructor and other participants.
  3.  The participant will be able to list at least 8 adverse changes to the components of the lymphatic system due to lymphedema
  4. The participants will be able to accurately draw the lymphotomes on another classmate, explain the normal drainage pathways of the lymphatic system, and discuss how one might re-route drainage around damaged lymphatics.
  5. The participant will be able to explain the difference between mechanical and dynamic insufficiency and provide at least 2 examples of each in open discussion with class. 
  6. The participant will define and explain the relevance of the following terms with lymphedema: lymph load, transport capacity, functional reserve.

II.  Etiologies of Lymphedema

  1. The participant will be able to explain the difference between primary and secondary lymphedema and provide 1 example of each in a class discussion. 
  2. The participant will be able to name and describe the different onset times for primary lymphedema. 
  3. The participant will be able to state how cancer treatment increases the risk of lymphedema. Then, the participant will act as if s/he were providing an in-service to women pre-breast cancer treatment and will state how s/he would explain the risks in a way as to not deter a patient from receiving the recommended medical treatment.
  4. The participants will list 3 key considerations with treatment when working with the different patient populations within lymphedema: pediatrics, cancer, lack of muscle contraction (MS, CVA, etc), orthopedic, obesity, filariasis, venous, palliative, heart disease, and one more of his/her choosing.

III.  Complex Lymphatic Therapy

  1. The participant will be able to describe the 5 pillars of CLT treatment in pre-class Facebook discussions.
  2. The participant will be able to list the contraindications of CLT and explain why each is a contraindication. 
  3. The participant will be able to list one pro and one con for adjuncts to CLT, to include: pumps, surgery, medication, herbals, laser, and acupuncture.
  4. The participant will be able to list and explain at least 2 skin care/precautions during a class discussion. 
  5.  The participant will be able to accurately measure 2 arms and 2 legs and calculate volume, percent difference, and reduction values.  
  6. The participant will be able to modify the UE and the LE decongestive exercise sequence for an assigned patient’s co-morbidity.
  7. The participant will be able to explain the difference between the different types of garments and select the appropriate garment(s) for provided case study. 
  8. The participant will be able to properly bandage the UE and LE of another participant for that participant to wear overnight.  
  9. The participant will be able to properly self-bandage his/her UE and LE and be able to verbalize how s/he would instruct a patient.
  10. The participant will be able to verbally explain the different modifications one can use with compression bandaging and the pros/cons and/or the proper uses of each in a class discussion.
  11. The participant will be able to apply the principles of Casley-Smith MLD and perform the proper MLD sequence for the following scenarios: UE with intact nodes, UE without intact nodes, LE with intact nodes, and LE without intact nodes. 
  12. The participant will be able to verbalize how s/he would instruct a patient in self-MLD in a group lab. 
  13. The participant will be able to properly execute his/her portion of a patient evaluation and treatment for both UE and LE involvement with the other participants.  
  14. The participant will be able to discuss in a group the possible precautions and/or conditions requiring modifications with UE lymphedema as a result of breast cancer. 

IV.  Conclusion of Class

  1. The participant will be to apply knowledge learned during self-study and in class to pass, with at least a 90, the comprehensive written test on anatomy, physiology, pathology, and treatment options related to lymphedema. 
  2. The participant will be to apply knowledge learned during self-study and in class to pass, with at least a 90, the comprehensive practical on the provided case study. The participant must include the following treatment components in his/her practical: compression bandaging, garment(s) selection, and MLD.