(Available starting May 2024)

The POLEX (PostOp-Induration Lymphatic Exam) encompasses an array of essential subject areas critical for professionals in the Body Altering Aesthetics industry. This comprehensive exam evaluates candidates on a diverse range of knowledge and skills related to postoperative lymphatic issues, induration management, and the broader spectrum of post-surgical care.

Basic Exam Information


The NBAA-POLEX fee is $295.


Applicants will have up to 3 hours to complete their exam.

Exam Format

The POLEX is an in-person assessment conducted at designated testing centers, ensuring a controlled environment for candidates. Candidates will receive details about available testing center locations during the application process for the POLEX exam. These options ensure convenience and accessibility for candidates, allowing them to select a testing center* that best suits their location and preferences for taking the exam. Questions are presented in a randomized manner, covering a range of competencies, with varying point allocations, ensuring a comprehensive assessment across diverse topics relevant to the field of Postoperative Induration Management in the Body Altering Aesthetics industry.

* NOTE: Applicants may only take one exam per day per testing center.

Scoring and Results

Throughout the examination, candidates will engage in cognitive processing to determine the most suitable responses for each question. Questions are assorted with differing point values allocated to assess a wide spectrum of competencies related to Postoperative Induration Management in the Body Altering Aesthetics industry.

The POLEX exam is graded out of 210 points, requiring candidates to attain a minimum score of 80% or higher to successfully pass.

Certification Upon Completion

A passing grade [80% or higher] grants candidates Board Certification necessary for State licensure in the field of Postoperative Induration Management Sciences & Technology within the Body Altering Aesthetics industry. The official certification will be “Board Certified PostOp-Indur Clinician“.

Application Procedure

The application process for the POLEX exam incurs a $25 fee* and requires approximately 10 minutes to complete once all four specimen are available for upload submission. Application processing may take up to 2 weeks, and upon clearance approval, candidates can schedule the POLEX assessment at their preferred testing center. The cost for the POLEX examination is $295.

* This application fee must be rendered for every educational track an applicant desires to be certified and licensed in.

Content of the Exam

The exam’s subject areas include:

  1. Postoperative Lymphatic Issues: Understanding the complexities and challenges associated with postoperative lymphatic complications, including the identification, diagnosis, and management of various lymphatic-related issues.
  2. Techniques for Managing Induration: Mastery of techniques and methods specifically targeted at managing induration, focusing on effective strategies for alleviating, treating, or preventing indurated tissue post-surgery.
  3. Fluctuating Edema Presentations: Recognizing and addressing fluctuating edema presentations and understanding their impact on postoperative healing and client comfort.
  4. Treatment Protocols: Familiarity with treatment protocols and procedures tailored to lymphatic conditions and postoperative care, encompassing a variety of therapeutic interventions and modalities.
  5. Wound Care: Knowledge of proper wound care techniques and practices, ensuring optimal healing and minimizing the risk of complications related to postoperative wounds.
  6. Device Selection and Integration: Understanding and skill in selecting and integrating appropriate devices or tools for lymphatic management, promoting effective client outcomes.
  7. Understanding Postoperative Complications: Grasping the complications arising from surgical procedures that affect the lymphatic systems, enabling timely identification and intervention to mitigate potential risks.
  8. Scope of Practice: Understanding the scope of practice within the Body Altering Aesthetics industry, including legal and ethical boundaries, professional responsibilities, and limitations.
  9. Proper Nomenclature: Proficiency in using accurate and industry-specific terminology when discussing lymphatic conditions, treatments, and related medical concepts.
  10. Kinetics: Understanding the principles and kinetics underlying lymphatic system function and postoperative fluid dynamics.
  11. Client Evaluations and Classifications: Competency in evaluating client conditions, classifying lymphatic presentations, and designing tailored treatment plans based on individual client needs.
  12. Client Body Presentation Comprehension: Ability to comprehend and analyze client body presentations postoperatively, identifying specific manifestations related to lymphatic issues.
  13. Pre-Surgical Competencies: Understanding pre-surgical considerations and competencies crucial for preparing clients undergoing body-altering procedures, including preoperative care protocols.

These subject areas serve as a comprehensive framework for evaluating the breadth and depth of a professional’s knowledge and expertise within the Body Altering Aesthetics industry, ensuring well-rounded competency in postoperative lymphatic care and management.

Question Types

The POLEX (PostOp-Induration Lymphatic Exam) comprises a variety of question types, designed to assess the candidates’ understanding in postoperative client care. Each question is structured by the CSL Therapy Board of Examiners to elicit specific responses that can be objectively scored as either “correct” or “incorrect,” suitable for standardized evaluations at proctored testing centers.

The types of questions featured in the POLEX exam include:

  1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs): A common question type presenting a stem or question followed by several response options. Candidates choose the most appropriate answer among the provided choices.
  2. True/False Questions: Statements are presented, and candidates indicate whether each statement is true or false based on their knowledge.
  3. Matching Questions: These questions require candidates to match items from two columns that are logically associated, ensuring comprehension of concepts and their applications.
  4. Fill-in-the-Blank Questions: Candidates fill in the missing word(s) or phrase(s) to complete sentences or statements accurately.
  5. Multiple Response Questions: Candidates select multiple correct responses from a list of options provided for a single question.
  6. Diagram Interpretation: Candidates analyze diagrams, images, or charts related to lymphatic systems, induration management, postoperative conditions, or treatment protocols, and answer questions based on these visuals.
  7. Scenario-Based Questions: Questions present clinical scenarios or case studies, requiring candidates to apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills to make appropriate decisions or recommendations.
  8. Sequence or Ordering Questions: Candidates arrange items, steps, or procedures in the correct sequential order relevant to postoperative lymphatic care or induration management.

Preparation and Study Tips

Study Tips: Candidates preparing for the POLEX exam can benefit from a range of study materials to enhance their readiness. Utilizing A&P textbooks can deepen understanding in postoperative lymphatic issues and wound care. Review study workbooks provided by your foundational program. Online courses offered by reputable platforms like Coursera or Udemy may cover relevant topics. Practice tests, flashcards, and reference guides focusing on induration management, edema presentations, device selection, and client evaluations are also highly recommended study resources for comprehensive preparation.

Other Guidance: To optimize study sessions for the POLEX exam, candidates should initially prioritize understanding the areas they find most challenging, allocating more time to review and practice questions related to those topics. Establishing a structured study schedule, dedicating focused periods to different subject areas each day, can help cover the breadth of content systematically. Seeking guidance from experienced practitioners or educators, engaging in study groups or online forums, and discussing complex topics with peers can provide diverse perspectives and clarity on challenging concepts. Utilizing a variety of study resources, including textbooks, online courses, practice tests, and reference guides, ensures a well-rounded and thorough preparation approach for success in the exam.

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