LAFAYETTE, Indiana - Cathy Armstrong, physical therapist at Franciscan Health Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Lafayette and Franciscan Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Center Lafayette, recently completed neurologic specialist certification. Neurologic specialist certification requires a physical therapist to build on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to neurologic clinical practice.
Cathy has been with Franciscan Health for 25 years specializing in outpatient neurology and has also been a part of the vestibular therapy team. She earned her Master of Health Sciences from University of Indianapolis and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Clinical specialization in neurologic physical therapy requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice. The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in neurologic practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.
A Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) is a licensed physical therapist who has:
- Completed over 2000 hours of neurologic clinical practice while working with individuals who have neurologic dysfunction.
- Demonstrated competency in the following areas: Patient Care (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention), Patient Education, Interpretation of Research, administration and consultation.
- Passed the Neurologic Clinical Specialist Examination.
- Obtained certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
Franciscan Health outpatient rehabilitation programs provide an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation care. The primary goal of outpatient rehabilitation is to assist patients with functional limitations and help them regain their independence and the skills required for daily living.
By Jill Akers
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