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Aquatic Rehabilitation at East Carolina University. RCTX 5000 Theoretical Foundations of Aquatic Rehabilitation. Intended for RT, OT, PT, Adaptive PE, Speech and other Allied Health Professionals

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Aquatic Rehabilitation at East Carolina University

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RCTX 5000Theoretical Foundations of Aquatic Rehabilitation

  • Intended for RT, OT, PT, Adaptive PE, Speech and other Allied Health Professionals

  • Become confident and competent in Halliwick, WATSU®, Bad Ragaz, Ai Chi, Ai Chi Ne, and various other aquatic therapy techniques

  • Learn properties of water, principles of Aquatic Therapy, and movement mechanics

  • Clinical design, treatment options, risk management, safety, leadership and training, and facility design and management

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In Pool Classroom

  • Located at the PCMH Rehab Pool

  • State of the art aquatic facility

  • 93 degree water

  • Lift and ramp accessible

  • Aquatic equipment available for all populations

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WATSU® Technique

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Ai Chi Ne

  • Learn balance

  • Great 1:1 technique

  • Provides focus

  • Great with patients with neurological impairments

  • Improved respiratory function

  • Calming

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RCTX 5001Applied Techniques in Aquatic Rehabilitation

  • Review diagnostic categories of orthopedic impairments, neurological impairments, development disabilities, musculoskeletal disorders and cardiopulmonary disorders

  • Identify strengths/needs of specific patient types

  • Identify appropriate aquatic therapy interventions

  • Demonstrate aquatic therapy interventions related to specific land-based problems

  • Discuss documentation, reimbursement and the continuum of care in aquatic therapy

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Check Out RCTX 5000 & 5001

  • Both courses taught at Pitt County Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Pool

  • 36 hours

  • Weekends only (3 weekends per semester)

  • Experiential training for competent development of intervention skills and aquatic therapy knowledge

  • Great preparation for the ATRI Aquatic Therapy certification exam

    • ECU has plans to host the ATRI certification exam

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Aquatic Therapy Certificate Program

  • Certificate Requirements (12 hours)

  • RCTX 5000 Theoretical Foundations of Aquatic Rehabilitation (3)RCTX 5001 Applied Techniques in Aquatic Rehabilitation (3)RCLS 5100 Aquatics Facilities Management (3)

  • Choose 3 hours (min.):RCLS 5101 Waterfront Facility Operations (3)EXSS 5904 Adaptive Aquatics (2)Other courses related to disability, aquatics, or health approved by Certificate Director

  • National certifications required in First Aid and CPR.

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To Get Started….

  • All students must be Undergraduate Seniors or Graduate Students enrolled at East Carolina University

  • For those not enrolled at ECU, please visit complete an on-line application

    • Non-degree earning students may enroll as a “non-degree” earning student to complete certificate program

  • After receiving notice of your application status, contact the RCLS departmental secretary at (252) 328-4640 to enroll.

  • Specific fees and course weekends can be located at

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For more information


  • Instructor donna Mooneyham, MAEd, LRT/CTRS

  • Wendy Hughes, MS, LRT/CTRS

    ECU, Certificate Director