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Aquatic Rehabilitation at East Carolina University

Theoretical Foundations of Aquatic Rehabilitation

RCTX 5000

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
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

Bad Ragaz Technique

WATSU Technique

Ai Chi Ne

Learn balance Great 1:1 technique Provides focus Great with patients with neurological impairments Improved respiratory function Calming

Applied Techniques in Aquatic Rehabilitation

RCTX 5001

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

Developing Trunk Stability

Discussing Patient Concerns

Facilitating Trunk Elongation

Relearning Leisure Pursuits

Safety, Safety, Safety

Reciprocal Arm Movements

Confident, Competent Therapists

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

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.
All students must be Undergraduate Seniors or Graduate
Students enrolled at East Carolina University For those not enrolled at ECU, please visit to complete an on-line application

After receiving notice of your application status, contact

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

the RCLS departmental secretary at (252) 328-4640 to enroll. Specific fees and course weekends can be located at

For more information


Instructor donna Mooneyham, MAEd, LRT/CTRS

Wendy Hughes, MS, LRT/CTRS

ECU, Certificate Director