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How will the 2015 curriculum changes affect current CRI students?
We wanted to share some additional information to help clarify the changes to our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist curriculum for 2015. These changes apply only to veterinarians and physical therapists that are working on CCRT certification. The Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant curriculum will remain unchanged.

If you have successfully completed only the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module before the end of 2014, you will be required to:

  1. View online the eight hours covering neurological rehabilitation that have been added to the 2015 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module.

  2. Attend the 2015 Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module, which now includes a full day of neurological rehabilitation.

  3. Attend the 2015 Canine Sports Medicine module.

  4. Take the exams for the 2015 Canine Rehabilitation Therapist module and the 2015 Canine Sports Medicine module.

  5. Complete a 40-hour internship.

If you have successfully completed both the Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist modules before the end of 2014, you will be required to:

  1. View online the eight hours covering neurological rehabilitation that have been added to the 2015 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module.

  2. Attend the Canine Sports Medicine module and take the exam for this course.

  3. Complete a 40-hour internship.

  4. We strongly advise that students who have missed out on the practical application of neurological rehabilitation training plan to spend at least some of their internship hours in a practice with a high neurological caseload. CRI can assist students with finding such practices.

We are working very hard to make sure that this transition happens smoothly for all of our students.

What Is the recommended time frame for completing a CRI certification program?
We are being asked this question as it pertains to the new 2015 curriculum so we wanted to take this opportunity to review our guidelines. CRI has always encouraged students to not let any more than six months go by between modules. We understand that work and life schedules can make this challenging, however we have witnessed the difficulties that students have faced when more than six months have passed. The material is hard to recall if it has not been used and practiced consistently, causing challenges for the student and faculty, and leading to delays that impact everyone in the class. If you encounter a scheduling issue that keeps you from taking a module within the six-month time frame, we will encourage you to attend the prior module again, at no charge. We will do everything that we can to accommodate your needs to prevent your having to retake classes, but we urge all students to complete their classroom work on time.

What is the cost of the CCRT or CCRA certification program?
As of January 1, 2015, the total course fee for courses in the CCRT program is:

  $2,750
  2,500
Canine Sports Medicine   1,300
Total Course Fee   $6,550

As of January 1, 2015, the total course fee for courses in the CCRA program is:

  $2,750
  2,300
Canine Sports Medicine   1,300
Total Course Fee   $6,350

Please note:
CCRT students may save $125 by registering for The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Canine Sports Medicine as a 2-course package. CCRA 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 for travel, accommodations and meals.

I am a veterinarian. How do I enroll my veterinary technician in the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant program?
There must be a veterinarian or physical therapist in your practice that has been certified in canine rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. or the Northeast Seminars program or you and your veterinary technician can attend together. You must also submit an Employer Agreement Letter with your technician’s application.

I work as a veterinary technician but I have not received any formal training. May I attend CRI courses?
Sorry, but we accept only veterinary technicians that have graduated from an approved veterinary technician program. We also require proof of licensure, registration, or certification in the state where the applicant is employed.

I am an occupational therapist. Can I be certified in canine rehabilitation?
Unfortunately, occupational therapists are not able to be certified, but you may attend a number of CRI courses including Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Sports Medicine. Occupational therapists are not required to take final exams or submit case studies or final projects. They receive certificates of completion for all courses completed.

I am a licensed massage therapist (or sports physiologist or personal trainer) with years of experience working with dogs. May I enroll in your program?
Sorry, but only licensed veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians are eligible to enroll in our certification programs and take our continuing education courses. Occupational therapists also may enroll in some CRI courses (see previous question).

I treat human patients (for example, a medical doctor, nurse, chiropractor). May I enroll in your certification program?
No. Only licensed veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians are eligible.

I am a physical therapist licensed in another country. Can I enroll in your program?
Yes, we accept veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians from other countries if they submit proof of licensure, registration, or certification in the country where they are employed.

I am a fourth-year veterinary student. May I attend CRI courses?
Yes, fourth-year veterinary students are permitted to enroll in our courses. You will need to submit proof of your enrollment in your fourth-year of veterinary school in lieu of proof of licensure. Please note, however, that you cannot receive your certification from CRI until you graduate from veterinary school and are licensed to practice.

I see that fourth-year veterinary students can take CCRT courses, and I was wondering if the same is also true for students in doctorate programs in physical therapy.
We advise all PT students to get at least one year of clinical experience post graduation before trying to learn about a new species.

I completed courses at the Northeast Seminars program. Can I apply this work towards CRI certification?
Sorry, but in order to be certified by the CRI you need to attend all three of the required courses. If you are a graduate of the Northeast Seminars program, you are welcome to attend any of our courses as continuing education.

I am a physical therapist and it is my understanding that I cannot practice on animals in the state where I live. Is this true?
Every state has a Veterinary Practice Act and a Physical Therapy Act. Some states are more lenient than others when it comes to physical therapists working with animals. We advise all of our students to familiarize themselves with both practice acts in their states.

Why are some veterinary technicians listed as CCRAs and others as CCRTechs?
When CRI was established in 2002, CCRT was used to designate both Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapists (vets and physical therapists) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Technicians (vet techs and physical therapist assistants). To eliminate this confusion, we changed the CCRTech designation to Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) in 2005.

Do I have to complete the three courses required for certification in any particular order?
Physical therapists and veterinary technicians take Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation as their first course. Veterinarians can start their certification program with either Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation or Canine Sports Medicine.

Do I have to complete Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation before I may register for other courses?
No, you do not have to complete Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation before you register for other courses. Many of our subsequent core certification courses (The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, and Canine Sports Medicine) sell out months in advance, so we recommend that students register for all their core certification courses as soon as they know their schedules. Some courses must be taken in a specified order, but you may register for the courses in advance. Please see our CCRT and CCRA pages for more information.

Do all courses have to be taken at a single location?
You can take all courses at one location or split the courses between locations - whatever works out best for you and your schedule. We have even had some of our American students travel abroad to attend CRI courses!

Can the 40-hour internship be done at any time during the certification program?
No. All three of the required courses must be completed successfully and the exams passed before an internship can be started.

Do I have to pay the full tuition at the time I register for a course?
It depends on the course. We require a $1,000 deposit for core courses (Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, The Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, and Canine Sports Medicine). Our discounted 2-course packages also have a deposit of $1,000 per 2-course package. The balance due will be charged 90 days prior to the start of the first course. For our continuing education courses (for example, Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation), students pay the entire course fee at the time of registration, since course fees are usually $300-600 per course. If Canine Sports Medicine is taken as a stand-alone course (not part of a 2-course package), the entire course fee is due at the time of registration.

If I register for a 2-course package, is the balance of the tuition due 90 days before the first course, or is a portion due 90 days before the first course and the rest due 90 days before the second course?
The entire tuition balance is due 90 days prior to Day 1 of the first course.

The course I want to take is sold out. How do I sign up for a waiting list?
We maintain waiting lists for sold-out courses if we think some seats may open up in the future. If you are on a waiting list, the more flexible you can be at the last minute, the greater your chances of obtaining a seat.

Please note:

  • In order to be added to a waiting list, a deposit is required, just as it is with all other registrants. Most core courses require a deposit of $1,000.
  • Once you are on a waiting list for a course, you are guaranteed a seat in the next available offering of this course.
  • You may place your name on only one waiting list at a time.
  • If you are on a waiting list and the course is a prerequisite for other courses, you must schedule your other courses to be taken after the date of the course in which you are guaranteed a seat.
  • We do not accept advance registrations or hold seats for upcoming courses that are not open for registration.
  • There is a limited number of names we can have on any one waiting list.

If you'd like to be added to the waiting list for a sold-out course, please contact us at info@caninerehabinstitute.com and indicate the waiting list you wish to join. We will follow up to get more information and explain the online registration and deposit procedure. And remember ... the best way to avoid a waiting list is to register early!

What is your cancellation policy?
Please note that we have a new cancellation policy that applies to 2015 courses. Please read our Cancellation Policy page for complete details on both of these cancellation policies.

Do you offer any kind of financial aid?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial aid at this time.

What do I need to do to prepare for a course?
We will email you a course syllabus and suggested reading list as part of your Welcome Packet. There will be PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations for each course available in Dropbox so registered students can print any notes they would like to bring to class. Students enrolled in Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation are required to successfully complete the online course prep work for the course. This will be made available apporoximatley 30 days before the first day of class.

Can I bring my dog to class?
Dogs are welcome at most classes. We encourage students to bring dogs that get along well with other dogs. There are parks nearby all of our classroom locations. Please contact us if you plan to bring your dog.

Where can I find information regarding transportation, directions and lodging?
See our Travel Arrangements pages for information about airports, ground transportation, and special hotel rates available for CRI students. Please note: Do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until your registration has been confirmed.

Residents of my country are required to have a visa to travel to the United States. I would like to take a course at CRI this summer before I start my fourth year of veterinary school. Can you help me get a student visa?
Unfortunately, no. CRI is not certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an educational institution that can enroll nonimmigrant students. After you have graduated, you may be eligible to travel to the U.S. to take a CRI course on a Business Visitor Visa (B-1). You would need to check with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country for details. For up-to-date information, go to the U.S. State Department website at www.travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.