Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions about the CSRS™.
Below we answer commonly-asked questions about the CSRS.™ You can always email us if you have additional questions.
How much do the courses cost?
Our courses cost $200/course when you register for all four courses ($800.00 total). Although we provide you with a wealth of materials provided by 3 highly-experienced faculty, the cost per course is extremely competitive with other national CEU courses.
Where have you hosted the courses previously? Where will you host courses in the future?
Our previous course locations have included Las Vegas, NV, Indianapolis, IN, Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA, Houston, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Ranchos Los Amigos (CA), Louisville, KY, Charleston, SC, Tampa, FL, Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC, Tulsa, OK, Rochester, NY, Miami, FL, and Salem, NH (just north of Boston, MA), to name just a few.
Course locations are always listed on the website as soon as we have confirmed them. Other sites are almost always under consideration but we will not post them on the site until they are confirmed.
We tend to alternate regions in the United States from year to year, but will occasionally repeat a location
Is the CSRS® “recognized” by professional organizations? Is it approved by professional organizations? What do I do to ensure the course counts toward my credentialing?
Professional organizations like the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association don’t formally “recognize” courses, although they do sometimes promote certain courses or certifications (e.g., their annual conferences; their specialty certifications). So the CSRS® is not “recognized,” since no such recognition exists by these organizations.
We do, however, have CEU approval from states that pre-approve courses. Most pre-approval states approve each day of training for 6-7 hours of credit. We are also an AOTA-approved provider. AOTA approves the CSRS for 28 credit units. In some states it is incumbent on the licensee to take CE courses that meet the requirements of their state rules. Attendees are encouraged to check with their state licensure boards for specific requirements. While attendees from US territories (e.g. Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.) as well as Canada are eligible to take the training and the exam, we do not provide any pre-approved CEUs for these areas. Attendees from these areas are encouraged to check with their licensure boards for specific requirements.
Why don’t you offer the CSRS® for speech therapists, nurses, recreation therapists, or other allied health professionals?
Our CSRS instructors are PTs and OT’s. The knowledge and scope of practice between these two disciplines are similar (and in some cases overlapping) and it is usual for CEU courses to be offered to these two groups. Because of these similarities, the course covers content pertaining to theories, assessments, and treatments that mostly pertain to these two related areas. In contrast, other allied health professions’ scopes of practice are sufficiently different from these fields that a separate course series would be needed to provide an advanced certification for these professionals at adequate depth.
Are OTA’s and PTA’s permitted to complete the certification?
Do you offer private CSRS® courses to specific facilities?
Yes. Please use the “contact us” page to inquire about this possibility.
If you are interested in one of our team members coming to your facility and providing tailor-made content to your group – which could include materials from the CSRS – check out our stroke recovery sampler option.
Do you offer the course in a distance-based format?
Yes. In situations where presenting “live” is not possible (e.g., pandemic; instructor illness), we may provide portions or the entirety of a course virtually. We will only offer courses remotely when these situations arise.
Is it true that all course materials are electronic?
Yes; before the course, you will be given a log in address and password where you can obtain all of the course materials in pdf format. Use of this format offers several advantages over printed course booklets: (a) the electronic format that we use allows you to download and print the course materials, if you wish. However, you can also keep the files electronically, and view course materials on a smartphone, tablet, or computer from virtually anywhere and without a bulky booklet. (b) You can enlarge or shrink your view of the materials, as well as searching the documents for particular terms or concepts. These capabilities are simply not possible when traditional paper formats are used with bulky books. (c) using electronic materials also saves money that would otherwise be spent on the costs of printing and shipping the books to each course site. This is how we are able to remain competitive with the costs of other courses (about $200/course), yet include 4 different, senior level speakers and a wealth of materials; (c) this practice saves paper; (d) The electronic portal that we use also lets us provide attendees with extra materials such as movies, mp3 audio files, and other materials that will enhance understanding of the course. We can upload these materials – or other materials that attendees request – during the course with a few keystrokes.
If I take the exam, is there a separate certification fee?
Yes. Much like the fee that you pay for your therapy licensure and license renewal, there is a fee for obtaining the certification and for when you renew (every 2 years).
How do I become Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist?
Once you complete the four days of training, you may choose to take the exam to become certified as a Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist. The cost to take the exam is $150. An invite to take the exam is sent once all 4 days of training is completed. A Certificate of Achievement is provided upon passing the exam. The online exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions from a bank of over 300 questions. Participants have 3 hours to complete the exam.