Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist

Certified Stroke Rehabilitation SpecialistProgram Overview

The Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) enables therapists to become preeminent stroke clinicians through a rigorous set of courses culminating in a written examination and nationally-recognized credential.

The program consists of a four-tiered, seminar-based, stroke educational program. Each CSRS seminar is 8 hours (6.5 hours of continuing education units). Successive seminars build on knowledge gained in previous courses, with the series culminating in an online test. Successful test completion with a score of 80% or above grants the CSRS certification, which are placed behind your professional credentials.

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Goals And Objectives

The CSRS credential indicates successful completion of 32 hours of current, evidence-based instruction with hands-on-training, and a commitment to maintaining up-to-date education. The program provides you with the knowledge and tools to excel in the rehabilitation setting.


The CSRS educational program consists of four 8 hour seminars, which usually take place on weekends over a few months.

Course locations will vary each year and the courses fill quickly.

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Testing Process

The certification exam is available online. The cost of the certification exam is $150 for National Stroke Association members and $175 for non-members (this is in addition to the fees collected for the seminars).

A list of designated CSRS will be maintained for professional verification.

Target Audience

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants looking for evidenced-based information on stroke rehabilitative care.

Maintaining Certification

To maintain current certification, 16 hours of continuing education specific to stroke and a re-certification fee of $75 for National Stroke Association members and $100 for non-members will be necessary every 2 years.

Recertification Form

Download this PDF for more information on examples of approved continuing education options. A random sampling of 10 percent of renewal applicants will be contacted to submit documentation of their continuing education activities.

Legal Information

The Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) designation indicates that a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant has completed advanced training through a series of four seminars and successfully completed an examination on that material.

Certification indicates that a person has met the specific requirements of the certification process, but is not a guarantee of competency, accuracy, or any particular treatment result.

The CSRS does not inherently expand a professional’s scope of practice.  It does not certify expertise.  It does not qualify a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant to offer professional services without the appropriate licensure or credentials.

National Stroke Association shall not be liable for any loss, damage, injury, claim, or otherwise, whether an action in contract or tort and shall further not be liable for an lost profits, or direct, indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees and expenses).