Aquatic Therapy Certificate Program

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at East Carolina University offers coursework leading to a certificate in aquatic therapy. This certificate may be of interest to recreational therapists and other allied health professionals who desire advanced training in the growing field of aquatic therapy. The course offerings provide the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare individuals to utilize diverse therapeutic aquatic interventions in various clinical settings.

Aquatic Therapy students in class

In this certificate program, students will learn the theoretical foundations of aquatic rehabilitation, aquatic applications to various disability groups, and aquatic therapy techniques such as Watsu@, aquatic arthritis exercise, Bad Ragaz, Ai Chi, and Halliwick methods. Additionally, there is coursework related to managing aquatic facilities that explores topics related to pool operations, water chemistry, and aquatic personnel management.

The courses are taught online and do require students to be present to experience hands on learning in the therapeutic pool approximately three weekends per semester.

To be eligible to earn the Aquatic Therapy Graduate Certificate, students must be (a) currently enrolled in a graduate program, or (b) admitted to ECU as a non-degree graduate student.

Complete curriculum requirements

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