Training for Health Professionals

We offer in-person and online seminars and other training opportunities throughout the year, including:

Comprehensive Management of the Neuropathic Foot

This course combines classroom instruction and hands-on techniques for a comprehensive approach to managing the insensitive foot.

Dates: TBD in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Cost: None

Training Facility Location:

9181 Interline Avenue,
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Call: 1-800-642-2477 (toll-free) | 225-756-3761
Fax: (225) 756-3760
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Approximately 20 miles from the Baton Rouge airport. And 85 miles from the New Orleans airport. Exit at O’Neal Lane from Interstate 12 (I-12).

What will you learn?

  • Understand the features of neuropathy;
  • Perform a foot screen, assign risk category, and formulate an appropriate treatment plan;
  • Understand the rationale and benefits of a basic prevention program;
  • Learn the treatment principles for neuropathic foot lesions;
  • Understand the causes of foot ulcerations;
  • Identify charcot foot deformities and describe their role in ulcerations;
  • Identify the four mechanisms by which patients develop plantar ulcers;
  • Identify bony deformities and biomechanical faults which place the patient at high risk;
  • Apply a cast or splint used for the treatment of foot ulcerations;
  • Describe orthotic and footwear appliances used to reduce foot pressure;
  • Correctly measure shoe fit in the high risk individual.

Who should attend?

  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Orthotists
  • Pedorthists
  • Diabetic Educators

Where can you stay?

You can find many major hotel accommodations within one to five miles of the training facility.

Can you receive continuing education credit?

Yes. Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) will apply for:

  • Louisiana State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • C.E. Board for Certification in Pedorthics
  • Contact hours pending approval by the Louisiana State
    Nurses Association (LSNA), an accredited approver by the
    American Nurses Credentialing Center, Commission on

Diagnosis & Treatment of Hansen's Disease in the United States

This webinar will improve health care providers' understanding of the unique characteristics and current concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of Hansen’s disease (leprosy).

Date: August 24, 2022

Cost: None (limited seating)

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Training Facility:

National Hansen's Disease Program
9181 Interline Avenue,
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

What will you learn?

  • National Hansen's Disease Program (NHDP) mission and general concepts of Hansen’s disease (HD)
  • Biological characteristics of M. leprae
  • Pathological changes in the skin and nerves from HD
  • Cardinal signs and criteria for diagnosis
  • Current treatment protocols recommended for HD in the United States
  • Management of two types of HD reactions
  • Physical changes due to inflammation of the skin and nerves and secondary neuropathic changes (face, hands, feet)
  • Prevention of disability

What will the course include?

  • Clinical Aspects
  • Treatment of Uncomplicated HD
  • Immunology of HD
  • Pathology of HD
  • Management of Reaction
  • Eye Care in HD
  • Patient Presentations
  • Dermatological Aspects
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Disability Prevention
  • Ambulatory HD care in the United States

Who should attend?

  • Dermatologists
  • Infectious Disease Specialists
  • Primary Care Providers
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Other Medical Specialists, ER and Urgent Care Physicians (particularly those residing in areas of high prevalence such as California, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, New York, Massachusetts and Hawaii)

Can you receive continuing education credits?


  • Contact hours pending approval by the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Contact hours pending approval by the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA), an accredited approver of continuing nursing education

Single Day Seminars

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

For nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and other allied health specialists.

Contact Mickey Templet for a schedule of upcoming seminars, a brochure and registration form

Observational Training

What is observational training?

An opportunity for those working, or planning to work as as professional Hansen's disease (leprosy) personnel, to learn current concepts in the management of Hansen's disease (leprosy). 

Typically, we offer highly specialized training in clinical aspects, rehabilitation methods, or clinical laboratory methods.

Is there a curriculum?

We don't provide a prescribed curriculum. We tailor training to provide an appropriate learning experience for each individual we accept to the program.

Who can take the training?

Generally, we accept practicing professionals in medicine or science. We recommend you begin by attending one of the two-day medical seminars above.

When do we offer it?

We offer observational training throughout the year. Training may last several days to one month, depending on individual needs.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2021

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