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Aquaticist℠ Certificate of Advanced Recogntion

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The ATU Certificate Path

Aquatic Therapy University is a provider of live and distant continuing education for healthcare providers who are already licensed or otherwise recognized to practice in their states and countries. We are recognized as having courses certified for CCUs by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Our classes are also approved through multiple state PT, OT and SLP state boards, and other entities. We are currently seeking renewal as a BOC approved provider for the Athletic Trainer. Ask us about your state's requirements.

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Are you seeking a greater challenge in your continuing education? Was your aquatic therapy certificate too easy? Are you paying too much to keep it active? Our Aquaticist℠ Certificate of Advanced Recognition is challenging, clinical and wallet-friendly. And it is continuing education which is specific to your profession; it is only awarded to licensed physical and occupational therapists and their assistants.

"Sounds great," you say? "I'll just take a couple of 3-4 hour mini-classes and get reconized!" Think again. Our courses are 16-hour lab-heavy seminars that will leave your head swollen and your legs wobbly. But when you have finished a minimum of 84-hours of evidence-based trainings you'll know that you accomplished something. And so will your boss and co-workers.

Each of our classes is offered as a 2-day continuing education seminar. You can complete your studies in as long as 5 years (a weekend training each year) or you can finish it in as fast as 10-days. And, with over 25 classes to choose from, it is possible for you to custom design your own series of CE.

Aquaticist℠ Certificate of Advanced Recognition - Available to PT/PTA/OT/OTAs. The Aquaticist℠ Certificate will be granted to physical and occupational therapy professionals who earn a minimum of 84 hours in aquatic therapy CE. To receive this recongition, therapists must provide verification of their diploma and state license and pool experience as a therapist/assistant prior to obtaining recognition.

Therapists and assistants may seek this advanced recognition though ATU by following one of these specialty Tracks.

  • Pediatric

  • Musculoskeletal

  • Geriatric

Providers may also obtain their CE units in General Studies track. 

*Note: As of 2012, the Neuro track content has been divided and integrated into the Pediatric and Geriatric tracks.




All individuals seeking Certificates of Advanced Recognition must be successfully complete 1). ATU's aquatic pre-requisite classes, 2). ATU's aquatic specialty core classes, and 3). any two ATU elective courses. This comes to a total 84 contact hours. There is no time limit in which to complete these classes, although a 5 year period is strongly encouraged. These classes are all offered as a series of continuing education courses. Note: ATU does not provide recognition of individuals who are not legally permitted to provide aquatic therapy.

Required Classes

GS701 Boot Camp (4hrs)
GS721 Ortho/Neuro Survey (16hrs)

Specialty Core Classes

Any Primer course (currently offered in Musculo, Pediatric and Geriatric tracks) (16 hrs)
Any Evidence-Based course (currently offered in Musculo, Pediatric, Geriatric tracks) (16 hrs)

Clinical Electives

Any ATU class not listed above


General Studies Certificate

Anyone seeking to obtain the General Studies Aquaticist℠ Certificate must take at least 16 hours of training from at least four of the following five different tracks. This includes at least one core or elective class each from any three of the following tracks:


Specialty Certificate

Any provider seeking their Aquaticist℠ Certificate training and wishing to focus their studies in a certain specialty (e.g. peds, musculo, geri) must constrain their core and elective classes to just that one track.

NOTE: While not required, ATU recommends students commit to a specialty track as early as possible in their course of training.



After successful completion of all required ATU training, each therapist must provide copies of their college/university diplomas, state license and proof of 250 hours of pool therapy before being presented with their Aquaticist℠ Certificate of Advance Recognition. This Certificate recognizes your dedication to obtaining training in aquatic therapy through continuing education; it does not permit individuals to use aquatic therapy in their practice if they are not already permitted to do so.



Students are allowed to seek out recognition of additional hours of CE training through multiple Aquaticist℠ Certificates.

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