This course series provides PTs and PTAs with a comprehensive study of the fundamental knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide safe evidence-based patient care using the aquatic environment. Participants will demonstrate clinical competency in aquatic physical therapy by completing both written and practical skills tests. This is the only certificate program sponsored by a component of the APTA specifically designed for the aquatic physical therapy professional.

Note: The series includes online courses plus an in-person pool course. The purchase for the pool course will occur as a separate purchase when you register for a pool course. You must complete the pool course to complete the course series. The price for the complete program (online courses +pool clinic are):

  • Non Member $1821.00
  • Member $1426.00
  • Aquatic Physical Therapy Section $1282.00 (It pays to join the Academy!)

Achievement of the course series results in an assessment-based certificate in Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency. It does not result in a credential and is not recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). Participants receive an assessment-based certificate upon completion of the entire program.

These are the online courses required to obtain your certificate:

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Completion Instructions

You will receive CEU credit for successful completion of each module in the certificate program series, for a total CEU value of 4.4 CEUs (44.0 contact hours/CCUs). Upon completion of all the courses in the series to include the in-person pool course, you will be awarded an Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate.

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David Morris, PT, PhD; Marty Biondi PT, DPT; Holly Lookabaugh-Deur, PT, DSc, GCS; Richard Vicory, PT, DPT, ATRIC; Christine A. Taylor, PT, DPT, PCS; Terry Peterson, PT, Emily Dunlap, PT

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Certificate Program


Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy

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