The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant Certification is offered to Veterinary Technicians and Physical Therapist Assistants.
CCRA candidates learn:
- Canine anatomy and physiology
- Conditions and injuries commonly referred for rehabilitation
- Physical modalities: application, contraindications and equipment maintenance
- Therapeutic exercise
- Client education
CCRA curriculum includes three courses: Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation, The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, and Canine
All students take Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation as the first class
in the series. Students
may take either Canine Sports Medicine or The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant as the second
class, and then take
the remaining class as their third class.
Because many of our core certification
courses sell out months in advance, we
recommend that students register for all their
core certification courses as soon as they know
Courses must be taken in a specified
order, but students do not need to complete Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation to register for
An open-book, take-home final exam is given at the end of each class. Students
have 30 days to complete each exam, and collaboration with fellow classmates
Once CCRA candidates
have taken the three courses required for certification
and successfully completed all exams, they participate
in a 40-hour internship at a CRI-approved practice
through the CRI
Internship Program. We believe that an
internship provides “real
life” experience — an integral
part of the training of the best practitioners.
What is the cost of the CCRA program?
As of January 1, 2015, the total course fee for courses in the CCRA program is:
Students may save $175 by registering for The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and Canine
Sports Medicine as a 2-course package. Select a 2-course
package on the course pages or the Online
Registration page to take advantage
of this discount.
The total course fee does not include fees that may be charged by internship
sites. Those fees are paid by students directly to the sponsoring practices.
The total course fee does not include costs that students may incur
accommodations and meals.