Credentials Defined

Physical Therapy Credentials

Physical Therapist (PT)
Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.

Master of Physical Therapy

Master of Science in Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Assistants/Physical Therapist Aides (PTA)
Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.

Dialectical Behavior Therapist (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapists provide comprehensive treatment that includes many aspects of other cognitive-behavioral approaches, such as behavior therapy (i.e., exposure, contingency management, problem solving, and stimulus control), cognitive restructuring, and other such interventions.

Psychological Counseling Services (PCS)
Psychological counseling services address the emotional, social, work, school and physical health concerns people may have at different stages in their lives, focusing on typical life stresses and more severe issues with which people may struggle as individuals and as a part of families, groups and organizations. Counseling psychologists help people with physical, emotional and mental health issues improve their sense of well‐being, alleviate feelings of distress and resolve crises. They also provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of more severe psychological symptoms.

Occupational Therapy Credentials

Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed (OTR/L)
Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations and helping people recovering from injury to regain skills.

Master of Occupational Therapy, Registered, Licensed

Master of Occupational Therapy, Licensed

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Licensed (COTA/L)
Certified occupational therapists assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures.

Speech Therapy Credentials

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Speech-language pathologists (also called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate or autism.