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2-Week Aquatic Therapy Intensive (West Des Moines)

$4,995.00 - $9,995.00
West Des Moines, IA
Oct 23-Nov 1, 2017
Salzman, Dickinson, Gordon
84.0 Hrs
100 CCUs
Price (per unit)
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I Want to Teach!

Earn Your Aquaticist℠ Credential In Just 10 Days!

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This 2-week Intensive will cover a broad cross-section of the most popular courses from our Musculoskeletal track. It will cover 8 hours in 10 days, the end of which each student will have earned their Aquaticist℠ credential. Instructor candidates will earn an additional 8 hours (preconference) and an additional 16 hours (at home training).


This class is being hosted by Aspire Aquatics, our Iowa Campus partner.


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Those students not able to attend the entire 10-day intensive may register ala carte by clicking on the following links (limit 2 ala carte classes per student):

At Home Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp (4.0 hr DVD)
Oct 22 Instructor candidates (only) must report one day early (8:00AM) for the Boot Camp pre-conference
Oct 23-24 Hands-On Aquatic Therapy Polyclinic for the Ortho/Neuro Therapist
Oct 25-26 Water-Based Interventions for Musculoskeletal Disorders: An Aquatic Therapy Primer
Oct 27-28 Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy for the Musculoskeletal Therapist 
Oct 29-30 Aquatic Therapy Polyclinic for the Total Hip and Knee Replacement Client
Oct 31-Nov 1 :Justifiable Aquatic Therapy Polyclinic for the Low Back, Neck & Chronic Pain
Total Hours = 84 hrs or 108 hrs for instructor candidates.


This 2-week class is being held in conjunction with our I Want to Teach! workshops. For those who have been invited by us to teach for ATU, please click on the I Want to Teach! tab for further details.



There is a severe shortage of aquatic education in many countries across the world. To address this need, we specially designed this course for those international delegates who want to come to the US to learn as much as they can during their short stay. 


Classes meet at 8 AM and finish at 5 PM each day. Lectures are in the mornings and pool labs meet after lunch (provided) where students get to apply what they learned in the morning with the help of hands-on instruction by therapists who have Masters degrees or above.


Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, AqM,
Director of Programming


andrea salzman picAndrea Salzman, MS, PT graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Masters degree in physical therapy. Salzman is the Founder and Owner of the Aquatic Resources Network, the largest multidisciplinary clearinghouse of information on aquatic therapy. She is Vice President of 10K Health, LLC, a temporary staffing agency. She currently serves as Director of Programming for Aquatic Therapy University and has assisted hundreds of facilities during the start-up and training phases of their aquatic practice.

She has served as: 

  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy;
  • Manager, Regions Hospital Therapy Pool;
  • Adjunct Faculty, College of St. Catherine's PT program:
  • Functional Design Consultant; Aquatic Therapy Facilities:
  • ARN Database Creator, 19,000 aquatic professionals;
  • Aquatic Health Research Database (AHRD) Creator, 8000 abstracts and growing;
  • Author, 5 aquatic therapy-related texts;
  • Monthly columnist, Aquatics International, Advance for PTs, Onsite Fitness

In 2010, Salzman received the highest honor given to an aquatic physical therapist from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Judy Cirullo Leadership Award.

Kathleen "Kiki" Dickinson, MPT, PAqI

Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, MPT graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a master's degree in physical therapy. She has worked as a Pediatric Physical Therapist since 1995. Over the last several years her clinic has expanded and developed aquatic therapy programs for adult neuro and ortho populations with an emphasis on individuals with chronic pain and more medically complicated clients.

Kiki works at St. Croix Therapy (Therapeutic Services for Children and Adults) in Hudson, Wisconsin and has 17 years of experience developing and implementing therapy programs for a diverse pediatric population which includes working with children of all ages including the birth-to-three population.

For over seven years, Kiki has devoted one day per week in the SNF/TCU setting working with the geriatric and
general debilitation population. Her caseload featured a high concentration of patients with psychological issues, 
including schizophrenia, and a full unit of patients on ventilators. Kiki has over 15 years of on call experience in a 
high-level acute care setting, with both pediatric and adult patients (University of Minnesota Hospital).


Kiki is certified in the Universal Exercise Unit/Therasuit Method and Craniosacral Therapy. She has been an adjunct professor at St. Catherine’s University for over ten years and teaches Pediatric Coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program.


Kiki helped develop ATU's novel "Aquatic Therapy for the Speech Therapist" class in 2010. This first-of-its-kind class combined a positioning lab (taught by PT) with a speech & language skills (taught by a SLP). It appears to be the first class to be granted ASHA CEU credits. Kiki teaches custom seminars across the USA for Aquatic Therapy University with an emphasis on the neuro pediatric and adult populations.

Campus Directors

Campus Directors may send up to three students to this intensive for the same $9995 fee.



Payament for this class can be made by credit card or check. If paying by check, please make it out to:

Aquatic Resources Network
1143 Oak Ridge Tpke #226
Oak Ridge, TN  37830


International students must pay by bank wire only. To initiate bank wire request, please select "Pay by Check" when purchasing this product. We will then email you the bank wire instructions.



Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.

Cancellation of Intensives By ATU: ATU intensives may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.

Cancellation of Intensive by Student:  A refund, minus a $1000 cancellation fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 60 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 60 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU intensives within 12 months at no charge.



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Lunch: Provided
Energy Breaks: Provided
Water: Provided
Dinner: On your own


All instructor candidates are welcome to register for one of our I Want to Teach! workshops, being held in conjunction with this 2-week intensive. All attendees will complete 16 hours of distance learning before the class as well as be required to create and put on a 1-hr webinar. Both IW2T! options also involve attending our Fri Aug 8th pre-conference where you will learn how to set up seminars, create presentations, lecture and conduct hands-on pool labs. This pre-conference will culminate in co-teaching our Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp. Please read the following descriptions before selecting your add-on above:


I Want to Teach! Intensive (11 Days, $9995)

Each instructor candidate who completes our IW2T! Intensive will be approved to teach all five classes and the Boot Camp. Not only will they receive the same aquatic instruction as our regular students but they will also aide and co-teach the classes under the supervision of our seasoned Aquaticist℠ Instructors. Instructor candidates must report one day early for the Boot Camp pre-conference on Oct 15.


I Want to Teach! Primer (3 Days, $5000)

Candidates, select this option if you are not able to attend the full 11-day IW2T! Intensive. This 3-day class will equip you to teach the Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp and Ortho/Neuro Survey, our two most popular courses. NOTE: All candidates must pass this primer before being approved to teach any other ATU class. All candidates wishing to teach for us must report one day early for the Boot Camp pre-conference!

Our Aquaticist℠ Instructor credential is awarded only to those therapists who complete the full IW2T! Intensive curriculum and have co-taught any four additional classes.

Campus Directors

This intensive offers the perfect opportunity for those Campus Directors (CDs) who wish to be approved to instruct for us. All instructor candidates must go through our I Want to Teach! curriculum in order for our classes to be approved by our credentialling agencies. For those who can't make this intensive, CDs have the following options:


--Attend just the 3-day I Want to Teach! Primer ($5000)

--Co-teach any upcoming ATU class or an ala carte intensive ($2500)

--Co-teach your own upcoming campus class ($2500+travel expenses)


The IW2T! Primer teaches the basics of class setup, presentation, lecturing and group dynamics. Afterwords, you will be approved to teach either the Boot Camp or the Ortho/Neuro Survey. This class is required before you can co-teach any follow-on classes. Any other classes you wish to teach after that, you must first attend that class and co-teach it as an instructor candidate. Once you have been approved to teach five classes, you will have earned your Aquaticist℠ Instructor credential.

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