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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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rctx 5000 theoretical foundations of aquatic rehabilitation
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
in pool classroom
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
ai chi ne
Ai Chi Ne
  • Learn balance
  • Great 1:1 technique
  • Provides focus
  • Great with patients with neurological impairments
  • Improved respiratory function
  • Calming
rctx 5001 applied techniques in aquatic rehabilitation
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
check out rctx 5000 5001
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
aquatic therapy certificate program
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.
to get started
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
for more information
For more information


  • Instructor donna Mooneyham, MAEd, LRT/CTRS

  • Wendy Hughes, MS, LRT/CTRS

ECU, Certificate Director