Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist

Program 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 a 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 designation, which is 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 CSRS Exam is available online. The exam cost is $150 for SCN and Professional Society members and $175 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 Your CSRS 

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

CSRS Renewal Form

Renew your CSRS  For more information on examples of approved continuing education options download this form. 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. CSRS designation indicates that a person has met the specific requirement of this designation 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. American 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).