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The following is a list of abbreviations and their meanings to help you better understand your therapist and their credentials:

PT
Physical Therapist: Physical Therapy is 7 years of college and students now graduate with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). In order to practice as a PT you must pass a board licensure exam.

MS
Master of Science

OCS
Orthopedic Certified Specialist is an advanced certification offered by the American Physical Therapy Association. This recognizes that this Physical Therapist has advanced knowledge, skills and abilities in the specialized area of orthopedic injury rehabilitation. The minimum eligibility requirements to sit for the specialist certification examinations: (1) current licensure to practice physical therapy (2) evidence of a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty area, 25% of which must have occurred within the last 3 years. These specialists also have to recertify every 10 years. There are currently 4979 Orthopedic Certified Specialists.

CLT
Certified Lymphodema Therapist

SCS
Sports Certified Specialist: This is an advanced certification offered by the American Physical Therapy Association. This recognizes that this Physical Therapist has advanced knowledge, skills and abilities in the specialized area of sports injury rehabilitation. The minimum eligibility requirements to sit for the specialist certification examinations: (1) current licensure to practice physical therapy in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands and (2) evidence of a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty area, 25% of which must have occurred within the last 3 years. These specialists also have to recertify every 10 years. There are currently 708 Sports Certified Specialists.

ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer: This is a four degree offered through accredited athletic training program. The State of Michigan requires that you must pass a state licensure exam in order to practice as an ATC.

DPT
Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Cert MDT
Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine: This certifies a PT in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine. This certification is offered through the McKenzie Institute it is a four part certification course with a test.

OTR
Occupational Therapist Registered

PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant: Two year associate's degree.  PTA's work under the supervision of a PT, they must pass a state licensure exam in order to practice.

CKTP
Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner: This certification demonstrates to others the skill in the Kinesio® Taping Method and assures patients that you have acquired a specific level of professional knowledge. It is a 3 level course including a certification exam to obtain the CKTP status.

CCI
Credentialed Clinical Instructor: This certification enhances the knowledge and skills in the provisions of physical therapy education. When taking on students that are in their clinical rotations to obtain their Associate's Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant it also allows for the evaluation and assessment of the student to meet standards of reliability and validity. It is a 2 day course through GVSU and required passing the credentialing exam.

CSCS
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist: This is offered through the National Strength and Conditioning Association for degreed professionals working in various fields such as physical therapy, sports science, allied health, and athletic training. This requires passing a certification examination. This certification provides research based findings in the strength and conditioning field to assist in the proper utilization of techniques to improve rehabilitative needs, athletic performance, and overall general fitness.

CGFI L2
Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Level 2: This certification is offered through the Titleist Performance Institute. The 3 part course consists of training in evaluation and video analysis of the golf swing. It requires the passing of a written and a practical examination. The holder of this certification is qualified to evaluate the golf swing, look for deficits in the swing, and implement an exercise and training program.

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