Department Information: Adapted Aquatics

The field of adapted aquatics uses water as a medium for the rehabilitation of a great variety of muscular, neuromuscular, and neurological problems. Lectures in the adaptive aquatics program are presented by Health Sciences Center professionals who are experts in their fields, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, internal medicine, occupational therapy, orthopedics, ortho­tics, pharmacology, physical therapy, respiratory care, and hydrotherapy.

The minor in adapted aquatics offers coursework that promotes career options in the health sciences. The specialized academic background and applied instructor training provide students with skills needed for careers in rehabilitation, and offers experiences relevant for admission to graduate programs in the health professions. The adapted aquatics minor allows students to receive a variety of credentials, licenses, and certifications that are mandated for individuals working in this complex and specialized field. Credentials include Adapted Aqua­tics Aide Training; Adapted Aquatics Instruc­tor Training; American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor; American Red Cross Lifeguard Training; Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider; CPR for the Professional Rescuer; Automated Ex­ter­nal Defibrillation Certification; Ame­ri­can Red Cross and American Heart Association CPR Instructor Certification; and American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies Instructor Certification. The minor is designed to include the variety of interrelated courses necessary for a person to be fully certified to work at any aquatic facility in the country.