Certified Lymphedema & Wound Therapist

(62.5 CE hrs On-line + *6 or 9 Days Live Training (8am–8pm *daily times vary; up to 153 CE hrs Total!)

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The Certified Lymphedema & Wound Therapist (CLWT) course prepares you with comprehensive knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to effectively treat individuals with chronic wounds and all edemas on the lymphedema continuum. It includes comprehensive certification in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), custom, multi-layered compression bandaging, garment selection and fitting, and advanced wound care. The course is practicum based and clinically focused, utilizing an integrative, rehab approach to the multi-factorial management of patients. Delivered in our hybrid format, it combines 62.5 hours of on-line pre-coursework, completed at your own pace, with 6 or 9 days of hands-on practicum training and workshops. Digital course books, printed ToolBoxes, clinical tools, bandages, debridement & wound care workshop supplies, and a generous variety of sample products to take home are included.

Our MLD training was developed by Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLTs) with broad backgrounds in traditional approaches, such as Vodder, Foldi, Leduc, and Casley-Smith. ILWTI has blended these with new evidence from ICG fluoroscopy of live lymphatics, and created a Modern MLD approach that is simple and adaptable to any type of edema. 

We provide robust compression training where you learn how to perform a bedside ABI and master customized, full-limb, multi-layered bandaging systems that will not slip down, aggressively soften fibrotic tissue, and can stay in place for several days at a time. We have expanded decongestive compression options by including hands-on training with edema reducing garments that are effective for even the most advanced, Stage 3 lymphedema with massive lobules. In addition, you will learn differential diagnosis and treatment of other forms of edema, such as venous edema, lipedema, post-thrombotic syndrome, CHF, dependent edema, post-op edema, etc.

Our training includes policy and procedures for your clinic, and useful clinical tools, such as Differential Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Edemas, and the Compression Selection Guide which helps you choose the best compression for your patient the first time, every time.

The wound care sections of the CLWT course are comprehensive and train you in the assessment and treatment of venous leg ulcers (VLUs), arterial ulcers, pressure injuries, neuropathic foot ulcers, atypical ulcers, burns, moisture associated skin damage, and other integumentary issues. Extensive workshops enable you to get hands-on practice with wound cleansing, dressings, sharp debridement, maggot debridement therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, and more. Special focus is given to the treatment of VLUs and phlebolymphedema, with ample hands-on training in the application of Unna Boots and 2-layer compression systems. All supplies are provided and you will also leave with a goodie bag of wound dressing samples.

No other certification course on the market offers such breadth of hands-on workshops, coupled with robust didactic learning, making this certification one of the most informative and fun to attend!

9 Day Course Schedule / Outline

Accreditations

ILWTI is the only full CDT & advanced wound care continuing education institute with extensive accreditations!

ILWTI is an American Occupational Therapy Association Approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider, with courses fully accredited and pre-approved for Occupational Therapy/OTA licensure renewal in all 50 states. ILWTI is a State Board Approved Provider of CE for PT/PTAs, OT/OTAs, and Nurses in Florida, and an Approved PT CE Provider in Texas. Courses are also accredited through an extensive vetting process by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and various other applicable PT State Boards.

Accreditation through your Professional Organizations and State Boards is important to us, and validates the level of excellence and depth of medical content within our training programs!

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Educational Level & Who Should Attend

Advanced Education. For licensed medical professionals: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, MD, DO, DPM, PA, NP, or RN. Licensed medical professionals who treat patients with edema, lymphedema, and/or chronic wounds will benefit most from this activity. This course is useful and pertinent for geriatric healthcare, home health care, short-term and long-term care, treatment in wound or lymphedema centers, rehab departments or hospitals, and other applicable practice settings.

Educational Format & Pre-requisites

On-line training includes digital course books, clinical tools, reading, video, PPTs. Live training includes hard copies of clinical tools, course binder/”toolbox”, supplies, samples, and ample hands-on workshops. Our Instructor to Student ratio is usually 1:10 maximum during labs to ensure you get individualized, hands-on training. 

Active PT, PTA, OT, COTA, MD, DO, DPM, PA, NP, or RN license pre-requisite for Certification. All others - see "Industry Associate" registration option. 

On-line pre-course work must be completed prior to the live training: 62.5 On-line CE hrs, completed at your own pace. A 12-week lead-time is recommended.

* 9 Day CLWT courses satisfy the 135hrs of CDT training required by the Lymphology Association of North America to apply to sit for the CLT-LANA exam.

* 6 Day CLWT courses offer full CDT certification, however, additional ILWTI courses would be needed to satisfy the LANA requirements (such as Oncology & Lymphedema Management Certification, or Preceptorship).


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