The Comprehensive Certification Course
Part I 1 week: Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology of Lymphatic system; Evaluation, documentation, patient education on skin care and precautions, measuring for off-the-shelf garments
Part II 2 weeks: Treatment of lymphedema, all body parts, variety of etiologies: MLD, compression wrapping, decongestive exercises, teaching and adapting home programs, measuring for custom garments and night options The therapist is not certified until successful completion of both part I and II, for the full 135 hours of training.
The course is an intensive 135 hour course, meeting the standards set by LANA (Lymphology Association of North America) and leading to full certification as a Casley-Smith Lymphedema Therapist (CSLT).
*It includes pre-course reading and study guide; lectures, labs, and practice with actual patients. (See below for a list of topics covered under theory and a list of the skills that are taught.)
*A highlight of the Atlanta area courses is a trip to a factory that manufactures compression garments.
Eligibility to Take the Course
*Physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners are eligible to take the course.
*Physical therapy assistants and certified occupational therapy assistants are eligible if they will be working with a supervising therapist who is also fully certified in lymphedema therapy.
*Massage therapists are eligible to take the course if they have completed 500 hours of training as a massage therapist at an accredited school, are certified and/or licensed in the state in which they practice, and have a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with course work that includes at least 12 credit hours in human anatomy, physiology, and/or pathophysiology [192 clock hours].
Suggested Things to Bring to the Course
–Pre-test, which is sent to you in advance, along with the pre-course study guide
–Bag to hold bandaging materials
–Optional: Scissors, masking tape, washable markers, eyeliner, flash drive, camera
–Lab clothes that allow full access to whole limb for measuring or bandaging (arm and leg)
–MLD clothes that allow uninterrupted access to the back (suggested: halter top that unhooks or hospital gown)