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Aquaticist℠ Requirements

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.

Aquatic Therapy University provides Aquaticist℠ Certificates of Advanced Recognition to licensed PTs/PTAs, OT/OTAs who wish to receive recognition for their focused continuing education pursuits. This Certificate is not a degree or diploma and does not permit individuals to practice aquatic therapy who are not already legally permitted to do so.

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All who seek their Aquaticist Certificate 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 credit hours. There is no time limit in which to complete these classes.

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 seminar  not listed above


General Studies Certificate

Anyone wishing to obtain a general studies Aquaticist℠ Certificate must take at least 16 hours of training from the following tracks. This includes at least one core or elective class each from any three of the following tracks:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Pediatric
  • Geriatric

Specialty Recognitions

Any individual wishing to focus their continuing education in a certain specialty (e.g. peds, musculo, geri) must constrain their core and elective seminars 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 CE.



After successful completion of all required ATU training, each therapist/assistant must provide copies of their college diplomas, state licenses and proof of 250 hours of pool therapy before being presented with their Aquaticist℠ Certificate. Aquaticist℠ Instructors must additionally teach 5 classes before they can be officially recognized as instructors.




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