Lymphedema Leadership Program

The National Lymphedema Network’s mission is to empower our community of lymphedema practitioners and patients by providing educational opportunities, networking opportunities, and interventional resources. We aim to inspire clinicians to provide world-class care for people with lymphedema by promoting best practice guidelines and standards of care. To further our mission, we are pleased to launch the NLN Lymphedema Leadership Program to support the clinical growth and professional development of clinicians in the field of lymphology and making lymphedema treatment more readily available in the community. 


Who Is Eligible?

  • Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy practitioners as their services in providing lymphedema intervention is reimbursable by insurance
  • Clinicians who recently graduated from an Occupational/Physical Therapy program are eligible to apply as well as the seasoned clinician who is now interested in specializing in lymphology
  • Priority will be given to clinicians who practice in areas that have limited access to lymphedema therapy

Benefits to Accepted Clinician

  • Full scholarship tuition to certification program to become a certified lymphedema therapist ($3300 value).  This does not include any other expenses such as travel, hotel accommodations, food and beverage, etc.  Clinicians must still meet all the certification requirements and pass all examinations and clinical assessments in order to be awarded the CLT designation.
  • NLN Supporter Level membership until achieving CLT designation.
  • Complimentary upgraded membership to Directory Level for one year after certification.
  • Mentorship from NLN Expert Clinicians
  • Complimentary registration to the annual NLN Conference within the second year after CLT certification to present their capstone project

The National Lymphedema Network Lymphedema Leadership Program
is provided in partnership with 





  • To apply, please follow the instructions below:
    • Complete the application form
    • Upload the following documents to the link provided in the application
      • Recommendation letters x2 from supervisor and/or current colleague(s) (.pdf)
      • CV/Resume (,pdf)
      • Video Application –  Please create a short video answering the following questions:
        • 1.  Why are you pursuing a certification in lymphedema therapy?
        • 2.  Have you had any prior experience with lymphology treatment?
        • 3.  What are your career goals for the next 3-5 years?


  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  Clinicians will be notified of acceptance via email within 14 business days.
  • If a clinician is accepted into the program, they are required to complete a capstone project within their second year of CLT certification, and present it at the annual NLN Conference.  The purpose of a capstone project is to showcase the clinician’s ability to apply their learning to a real-world problem and to contribute to the advancement of lymphology.  More information will be provided upon acceptance into the Leadership Program.
  • Please note, there is limited space in this program.