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Frequently Asked Aquatic Questions

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Frequently Asked Aquatic Questions





Teaching For ATU




Questions & Answers

Question: What is ATU Aquatic Therapy Seminars? How does it fit in with my education?  

ATU Aquatic Therapy Seminars provides continuing education seminars, both through live seminars and distance learning.  We are a continuing education provider with a singular focus: aquatic therapy. ATU is not a trade or professional school. However, therapists and therapist's assistants who graduate with an associate's, bachelor's and even doctoral degree often do not have the training necessary to be skillful in their use of aquatic therapy.

Typically,ATU comes into the picture after graduation when you are seeking continuing education hours (although we do allow students to audit our classes). You have already become licensed, certified or registered to practice in the rehabilitation industry, but you do not have the advanced skills necessary to safely and effectively work in the water. You wish to obtain additional training.

At that point, ATU can provide you two options. For the therapist who occasionally works in water, ATU can provide you with a 2-day CE training in almost any subspecialty you desire (pediatrics, total hip & knee, sports performance enhancement, etc). Aquatic Therapy University classes always meet state and national standards for continuing education (CE) units and often fulfill your entire yearly requirement in a single class.

ATU also provides a customizable series of aquatic therapy trainings seminars taught by licensed industry experts. As an ATU seminar participant, you will attend a 700, 800 and 900 series of seminars and then receive a Certificate of Advanced Recognition in one of 4 different Tracks (Musculoskeletal, Geriatric, Pediatric, or General Studies).


















Question: I am not a licensed therapist or assistant. Can I still attend ATU continuing education seminars?  

Aquatic therapy is a therapeutic procedure recognized by the AMA (CPT code 97113). Many different health-care providers are permitted to perform aquatic therapy. Aquatic Therapy University (ATU) classes are designed primarily for the licensed PT/PTA, OT/OTA and (some seminars) the SLP. Our classes are open door with the understanding that all attendees must follow the parameters and limitations of all relevant state practice acts and their designated scope of practice.

Question: I have had difficulty in cold pools when attending others seminars. What is the temperature of the pool at this class?  
Answer: Nobody can learn in a cold pool. That is why all ATU seminars are held in warm-water pools that are heated to 88-94 degrees. There will be no need to bring your wetsuit to this class!
Question: What is the Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp and why is it offered as a separate class?  

Since other continuing education companies hope to draw huge numbers of registrants (from all levels of expertise), their instructors feel they always have to start with the basics. At ATU, we want to make it possible for you to jump into an Intermediate or Advanced class without hearkening back to Archimedes and his bathtub. That's why we have pulled out all the "basics" and made them into a separate training option.

The Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp is offered as a live instructional immediately before some seminars and as a DVD learning module. This 4 hour "basic training" covers all the fundamentals of aquatic therapy (such as principles of fluid mechanics, precautions and contraindications, and handling techinques) in a very hands-on functional manner. The class is optional and available at a low cost to anyone attending ATU.

Important: If you are seeking ATU Certificate of Advanced Recognition, the Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp is required.


Question: I've never been to a CE class that offered over 8 hours of pool lab before  

Ever attended an aquatic therapy training and spend the entire time in a conference room? You can't learn aquatic therapy from a powerpoint presentation.

Well ATU believes you can handle 8-9 hours in the pool over a 2 day period. Boots in the pool, so to speak. Hey, we feed you lots. Give you a gorgeous learning setting. Make you laugh 'til you pee (hopefully, during designated breaks). The response has been amazing. Your time is valuable. We fill you to the brim with food and knowledge and send you happily on your way with 16 hours of CE under your belt.

(a little wrinkled...but happy)

Question: Some CE providers issue deck passes to their registrants. Is this the case with ATU?  
Answer: Ugh. No way. How can you learn from the deck? We cap our classes to fit our pool size and tie it to the number of instructors; most are capped between 20-25 attendees. We believe aquatic therapy is learned kinesthetically and that means butts-in-the-pool.
Question: What level of education and training do ATU instructors have?  
Answer: All of our clinical-track instructors are licensed therapists, physicians, PhDs, or their equivalent. While we absolutely believe that individuals with other backgrounds have tremendous knowledge to impart, we want our instructors' expertise to match or exceed our students'.
Question: Are there any volunteer opportunities to offset the cost of my tuition?  
Answer: Not really. Our courses are intentionally kept very small. We would feel silly having you volunteer to direct traffic for 20 people. That said, if you have amazing social networking skills or are an Internet marketing genius, we may be interested in "hiring" you in exchange for Continuing Ed dollars.
Question: Will my meals be included?  

Yes. Stay at our preferred hotel at seminars and breakfast is included. And we feed you pretty much non-stop during the conference itself. It's our mission to make the experience as close to free as possible once you arrive.

We make a good-faith effort to provide this same free breakfast service at our polyclinic locations. If breakfast is not included, you will know that up-front.

Question: Will I need to rent a car?  

It depends. Some of our classes have hotel shuttle services, but most do not.

Question: Can I share a hotel room?  
Answer: Certainly. Ask us to share your name if you are interested.
 Teaching For ATU

Question: How many different kinds of instructors do you have on staff?

We have two kinds of trainers; ATU Instructors, who can teach any class, and Guest Lecturers, who are clinicians in a specialized field or who possess specialized knowledge. These professionals are paid to teach only their own content and their own courses.

Question: What background and education do I need to teach for ATU?

ATU Instructors must have either a Masters or Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language Pathology or hold a MD, PhD or DO degree. Guest Lecturers must be licensed clinical professionals and recognized leaders in their field. The minimum requirements for teaching at our seminars are physical therapists, occupational therapists and their assistants. In all cases, instructors will need to have at least 2 years experience in the pool.

Question: Do you have a screening process for your instructor candidates?

To insure our students are taught by the best, we employ a rigorous screening process to determine if our instructor candidates possess the skills, expertise, knowledge and spark necessary. First, you must pass an interview by our Program Director. Second, if invited, you must go attend one of our I Want To Teach! classes. These classes come in two flavors, a 3-day IW2T! primer or an 11-day IW2T! intensive and generally meet whenever we hold a 2-week intensive. Course of study involves 16 hours of prepwork online and on the phone, followed by a 1-day Boot Camp pre-conference where you learn how to prepare, administer and present lectures the ATU way. Next comes the subject matter classes, where you will not only learn the content, but you will help aide and co-teach the class. After successfully completing IW2T! and receiving positive evaluations from your instructors and fellow students, we will extend you an offer to teach these classes for us on a paid-basis. If you want to teach other classes, you would have to enroll and team-teach these also before being eligible.

Question: What are the costs to get instructor training?

The cost of our 3-day IW2T! Primer is $5000, after which you will be able to teach the Boot Camp and Ortho/Neuro Survey, our 2 most popular classes. The cost of the 11-day IW2T! Intensive is $9995. This enables you to teach 4 more classes, expanding your repertoire. Any additional classes you wish to teach outside of these two options cost an additional $2500.

Attending IW2T!, however, is no guarantee that every instructor candidate will be approved to become a paid ATU instructor. Many accomplished and able therapists find out that they just don't have the patience, people-skills or desire to teach. In these cases, we will either continue working with them until they get the hang of things, or we will employ their skills in one of our many other educational endevours such as teaching webinars or writing content for our next courses. In either case, your IW2T! tuition is non-refundable so please examine yourself closely before purchasing.

Question: Is this something I can make money at? 

ATU pays an instructor honorarium of $100 for each class hour taught, plus reimbursement for any travel/lodging expenses. We also pay for any original content that is created for our courses.




Are your classes pre-approved for PTs?

We are one of the first continuing education companies to secure multi-state certification of our courses through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy's ProCert program. A number of our courses have already been pre-approved by their ProCert program with more being added monthly. These courses represent our most popular content and their CCUs are often granted in excess of the actual course hours taken.

The following 29 states currently recognize CCUs from the FSBPT: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Deleware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

ATU Classes Currently Approved (16.0 Hrs each):

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Hands-On Aquatic Therapy Techniques for the Ortho/Neuro Client (18.0 CCUs)
Water-Based Interventions for the Pediatric Therapist (18.0 CCUs)
Aquatic Therapy Options for Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disabilities and the Medically Fragile (19.0 CCUs)
Justifiable Aquatic Therapy Strategies for the Client with Cardiopulmonary Compromise (18.0 CCUs)
Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy Protocols for the Geriatric Therapist (21.0 CCUs)
Water-Based Interventions for the Musculoskeletal Patient (20.0 CCUs)
Aquatic Sensory and Motor Integration (20.0 CCUs)
Aquatic Training Options for the Collegiate, Professional and Elite Athlete (22.0 CCUs)


What other organizations recogonize ATU courses?

Aquatic Therapy University offers over 30 pre-approved classes each year. These classes span the spectrum: from Pool Therapy for the Female... to Evidence Based Justifiable Aquatics for the Total Hip & Knee.

  • ATC: ATU is currently renewing our certifictaion as a nationally recognized (BOC) CE provider for the athletic trainer.
  • PT/ OT: ATU classes always meet the host state's standards for physical therapy (PT) and (OT) occupational therapy CE.
  • SLP/ TRS/ KT/MT: ATU courses have been accepted for CE credit through ASHA, AKTA, ATRA, NCBTMB and other professional organizations. Request information for your specific situation.


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