APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate

The APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate provides physical therapists and physical therapy assistants with a comprehensive study of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide safe evidence-based patient care using the aquatic environment. Participants in this course will demonstrate clinical competency in aquatic physical therapy by completing a series of 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.

The APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate is an assessment-based course in aquatic physical therapy.  It is important to note that there is not a credential associated with the completion of this program as it is not recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). Consequently, participants are also not entitled to the designation of board certified specialist.

There are 7 online learning modules through the APTA Learning Center and a 3-day in-person pool course to complete the entire certificate series.

NOTE: We are in the process of designing a new Learning Management and Registration System. Registration for the Clinical Competency Certificate will open in late January. Send an email to admin@aquaticpt.org if you'd like to be added to the mailing list announcing that registration has opened.  



  • Aquatic Physical Therapy History Developed by David Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Aquatic Physics Developed by Teresa Petersen, PT, MS
  • Physiology of Immersion by: Marty Biondi, PT
  • Critical Thinking and Aquatic Interventions by: Holly Lookabaugh-Deur PT, DSc and Emily Dunlap, PT
  • Pool Chemical and Safety by: Richard Vicory, PT, DPT
  • Risk Management Issues by: David Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Aquatic Billing and Documentation by: Christine Taylor, PT, DPT

On-Site Learning: 3-day in-person pool/lab course

April 17-19, 2020 
Metropolitan Multiservice Center
Houston, TX
egistration opening in late January 2020

October 16-18, 2020 
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
Registration opening in late January 2020


Online Portion of the Program
Each Webinar:
$100 Member/$140 Non-Member
Bundling the 7 webinars saves money: $530 Members/$740 Non-Member

Lab Portion of the Program
In-person Pool Course:
$760 Member/$1090 Non-Member


Looking to have 10 or more staff members complete the APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate? We have special rates and come to you!
Contact us at admin@aquaticpt.org and ask about our corporate program.

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