Physical Therapists (PTs) are licensed health care practitioners who work as part of a team to help anyone to improve or restore normal functioning to return to life, work, or sports. Through the use of research and proven techniques, PTs will examine, diagnose, and help prevent or treat injuries so that we all can better enjoy and improve the human experience. PTs are required to graduate from an accredited graduate school – master’s degree (MSPT or MPT) or doctorate degree (DPT). All APRS PTs are also CPR certified through the American Heart Association.
MS or MPA - Masters of Science or Masters in Public Health Administration
Often times PTs may earn a masters degree either before or after PT school which they may apply their education to patient treatment plans.
LAT - Licensed Athletic Trainer
An Athletic Trainer is a health care professional who has graduated from an accredited athletic training curriculum and provides care primarily but not limited to the athletic population.
OCS - Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Physical Therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge, skills, and experience in the treatment of functional impairments of the skeletal, muscular, and ligamentous systems and their associated structures.
SCS - Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
Physical Therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge, skills, and experience in the sports medicine discipline. These individuals are also required to have taken and passed an Emergency Medical Responder course (or an equivalent course).
CSCS - Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – Certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, these individuals apply research based knowledge to test and train athletes regarding performance, nutrition, and injury prevention.