Professional Development

Comprehensive Management of Peripheral Edema

The course certifies physical and occupational therapists and assistants in edema management


Other Dates and Times


  • $1900 Oncology Section Member
  • $2000 APTA Member
  • $2200 Non-Member


This evidence-based course on management of edema, including lymphedema was developed by the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.  Successful participants will receive certification in the management of edema from the Oncology Section and will be designated as Certified Edema Specialists (CES).  This certification will be part of the new Certificate of Achievement in Oncology Physical Therapy (CAOPT) through the Oncology Section.

Peripheral edema is a common impairment secondary to many medical diagnoses encountered by physical and occupational therapists across all practice settings.  Differential diagnosis of the cause of the edema is essential in the clinical reasoning process that leads to appropriate intervention.  This case-based course will address the pathophysiology, examination, evaluation and clinical management of peripheral edemas of the upper and lower extremities, head, neck and genital areas.  The course utilizes an online format to present didactic material that must be completed prior to attendance at a regionally located lab.  Active learning strategies include small and large group discussions of patient cases to facilitate integration of the didactic material into patient care. Feedback will be provided during supervised labs for manual lymphatic drainage and multiple layer compression bandaging. Joint and soft tissue mobilizations and therapeutic exercises will be incorporated into case discussions and labs.  A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who demonstrate competency in bandaging and manual lymphatic drainage skills

Other Dates and Times

WhenDate Time Registration
November 8, 2019
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
November 9, 2019
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
November 10, 2019
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
November 11, 2019
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

NOTE: Prior to attending this course, you must complete registration  and coursework through the APTA affiliate, EDUCATA. 

Use the following links to the EDUCATA website to register for pre-requisite courses:

Additional fees include ~ 18 hrs of pre-requisite course work

Register soon to obtain early bird special pricing and to complete course work  (30% off  regular pricing is $539.11) 

The following courses are required prior to attending this 6 day course: 

  1. Foundations of Oncology: Medical Aspects (2.5 hours) 

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  2.  The Comehensive Management of Edema (10.5 hours) 

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  3. Orthopedic Edema – A Case Study (2 hours) 

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  4. Peripheral Edema Management: Physical Agents (3 hours)

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How to receive your 30% off price – Offer expires August 1, 2019:

  1. Click on the image for each course.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” to add to your cart.
  3. Repeat until you have added all 4 courses to your shopping cart.
  4. Enter coupon code CES-ASCEN

Instructor: Lisa VanHoose, PhD, MPH, PT, CLT, CES, CKTP 

Dr. VanHoose has practiced oncologic physical therapy since 1996. She serves as an Associate Professor and Program Director at the University of Louisiana Monroe. As a NIH and industry funded researcher, Dr. VanHoose investigates the effectiveness of various physical therapy interventions and socioecological models of secondary lymphedema. Dr. VanHoose served as the 2012-2016 President of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

A refund will be given if a cancellation request is received 14 business days  prior to the start of the class/program. A full refund will be given for any class cancelled by the site.