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The LANA Board of Directors is pleased to announce increase standards to the eligibility requirements to begin 1/1/2022. Details below:

A Candidate Must:

  • Provide a copy of a current and unrestricted U.S. state or international professional license or registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), Occupational Therapist (OT), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), Massage Therapist (MT), or Certified Athletic Trainer (CAT/ATC). Massage Therapists who do not hold a current unrestricted state license or registration (or international equivalent) must be certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork OR provide documented evidence of having successfully completed a curriculum containing a minimum of 500 hours of soft tissue massage, from an accredited institution.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of a LANA qualified instructional course in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) course work from no more than four consecutive or cumulative courses from one training program. 

     The coursework provided by the training school must meet the following requirements:

  1. 45 hours (⅓ of 135 hours) delivered: in-person or asynchronous remote or synchronous remote or a combination of in-person, asynchronous remote, and/or synchronous remote
  2. 90 hours  (⅔ of 135 hours) delivered: in-person or synchronous remote or a combination of in-person and synchronous remote
  3. In-person assessment by the program director or program instructor of psychomotor skills MUST occur in the same physical space; remote assessment will NOT be accepted. The assessment must include the following:

Skill check covering a minimum of:

  1. Upper and lower extremity MLD including pathways and truncal rerouting
  2. Upper and lower extremity bandaging 
  3. Case-based practical examination to include but not limited to:              
  • Student is expected to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities by critically reasoning through a medical case, followed by MLD and bandaging of that patient
  • The completion certificate(s) must indicate that the student has successfully completed the training program AND passed the in-person assessment.
  • ALL required candidate submissions, which includes professional license, course certificate and, if needed, transcripts and academic records with the originals, must be submitted in English only.  Non-English document submissions must be translated to English and completed by a professional translation service and/or credential evaluation service (preferably, with NACES membership - (https://www.naces.org/ ).

Program Certificate:

 The completion certificate(s) should include:

  1. Name of Certificant 
  2. Successful completion of CDT Include date and method of instruction 
  3. Indication that the student has successfully completed the training program
  4. Indication that the student passed the in-person assessment. Include date and location
  5. Source of CEU approval with the number of hours


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