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11. Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS) Kompleks Boşaltıcı Fizyoterapi Sertifikasyon (Lenfödem) Programı Sınıf Temelli Eğitim 15-23 Haziran 2019 tarihlerinde İstanbul'da, Green Park Bostancı Otelde düzenlenecektir. Bu program için Uzaktan Eğitim Programına online erişim 15 Nisan 2019'dan itibaren sağlanacaktır.

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Nilüfer Kablan
Sağlık Bilimleri Üniversitesi
ACOLS KBF Sertifikasyon Programı Koordinatörü

ACOLS signed with Turkey in 2015 the agreement enabling to organize certification courses outside the Unites States of America for the first time and to train international instructors.

Pursuant to this agreement, all the courses within the structure of ACOLS will be organized in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan by Sağlık Bilimleri Üniversitesi exactly in accordance with ACOLS training standards.

The Certification Program for Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy Course is an intensive course training medical professionals to successfully treat and manage Lymphedema affecting different parts of the body. Participants will also be trained to treat related conditions as listed below;


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 World.

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.

Course Objective

Each course participant will be trained in the four components of Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDT) and the management of lymphedema affecting a variety of peripheral body parts – upper and lower extremities, head and neck, exterior genitalia, trunkal swelling, pediatric lymphedema, post-surgical and post-traumatic swelling, lymphedema caused by chronic venous insufficiencies and other pathologies, lipedema and more. 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 phsiotherapist will be able to establish a treatment plan for individuals with chronic extremity lymphedema and other conditions and perform the treatment accordingly.

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
  • Introduction to the 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)
  • Home maintenance and self-treatment for lymphedema patients
  • Hygienic skin and nail care for lymphedema
  • Indications and contraindications for MLD and CDT

Course Format

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies pioneered research-based Lymphedema training in the United States in the early 90’s, using our traditional program that required students to spend two full weeks in off-site, classroom training. The Academy is now providing a more dynamic, accelerated course format which meticulously blends the optimal mix of online and classroom hours to provide our students with unparalleled quality of instruction.

Accelerated Hybrid Online Program

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 Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy using a dynamic combination of Home Study/Online lessons and student-centered classroom sessions.

The Certification Program for Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy Course consists of 135 hours. Students will first complete a 45-hour Home Study Program, followed by the 90-hour class for their live lecture and hands-on instruction. The classroom time is taught over 9 consecutive days. It requires only 5 working days and 2 weekends to complete. Participants can also split the course, attending the first 5 days, then returning within 6 months to finish the last 4 days of the course.


Our courses normally begin on a Saturday and will end 9 days later on the following Sunday. The classroom hours are 8am – 7pm daily. The last day of class is testing day, so class will start at 8am, but the ending times can vary depending on the number of students to be tested. Please be prepared to stay up to 9pm on the last day and plan return flights accordingly. There will be approximately one hour for lunch every day.


To attend our Certification Program for Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy Course, participants must have current, unrestricted licensure as a Physiotherapists (PT)

Included in Tuition

  • Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy Certification (135 hours) (HOME STUDY and classroom sessions.
  • Comprehensive Course Manual
  • Complete Compression Bandage Set for the Upper and Lower Extremity
  • Certification for Compression Garment Fitting
  • ACOLS Bag,
  • ACOLS Pens,
  • ACOLS bloknote,
  • Unlimited coffee breaks
  • Open buffet lunch

What to Bring

  • Bring your course manual with you to class.
  • Pen/Pencil/Highlighters, as these may be useful for highlighting your manual.

Bandage set will be given to you on the first day of class.

What to Wear

Certain techniques that are practiced during classtime require direct contact with the skin. Please have the following items available for class labs:

  • Ladies: Bathing suits, halter-tops, sports bras, shorts
  • Gentlemen: shorts, or bathing suit.

It is recommended you wear these items under comfortable clothing. The days can be long, so we want you to be as comfortable as possible. You may also want to bring a light jacket with you to class. Classroom temperatures can be difficult to regulate.

Where to Go

The location/hotel information will be provided to you upon registrations. This will have detailed information on the location and accommodations of the course, including directions, special rates, etc.

  1. Students MUST register for the course at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. This is to ensure the student has adequate time to complete the Home Study Program prior to attending the course.
  2. Once the registration is received and processed, we will send the necessary home study materials, along with the online portal access information to complete the 45-hour Home Study portion of the course.
  3. Students prepare for the theoretical portion of the program using our Home Study/Online Portal. Our online portal contains 7 learning modules with exams. Students study each module and complete the exam at the end of each module. Students must pass each exam with a grade of 90% or better to proceed to the next module and must have the entire home study completed no later than 2 days before the course begins.
  4. Prior to attending the 90-hour live portion of the course, each student must complete and submit a Student Application, along with a copy of their professional license. These documents can be sent to the contact listed above.
  5. Three additional exams are administered during the 9 days of classroom time. If the student successfully completes the 135 hours of study and passes all of the exams, the student will be a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). Congratulations!