Animal-Assisted Therapy Degrees

Animal-assisted therapy is the practice of using animals as therapeutic instruments for people with disabilities. Although no degrees officially exist in this field, read on to learn about other certificate program alternatives, skills taught, and certification requirements. Schools offering Occupational Therapy Assistant degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are Degree Programs in Anima-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Available?

There are no longer any degrees currently availabe for animal assisted therapy, in any degree level. However, there are plenty of individual courses available as well as certificate programs available.

Degree Programs No degree programs are offered
Skills Taught in Certificate Programs Animal training, therapeutic techniques, safety testing
Certification Requirements Must get certification for animal to be used in profession practices.

Are There Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs Available?

Certificate programs in animal-assisted therapy are more common than degree programs. Certificate programs can be taken on-campus or online. These programs focus on animal selection, establishing a relationship, training, safety testing and therapeutic techniques. If you don't have a pet, some programs will accommodate you. If you plan on using your own animal, some on-campus courses require you to provide proof of insurance and your animal's Certificate of Good Health.

All college programs will require you to observe and participate in local therapy sessions. These local sessions may be in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers or hospitals. If you're taking the program online and can't find an AAT program in your area for your hands-on training, your program may help you find one.

What Can I Do With My Certificate or Degree?

After completing your certificate program, you'll be able to join a local organization that provides animal-assisted therapy. Some college programs have courses on establishing your own AAT organization, which you may want to focus on assisting addicts, elderly, the sick and those in prison.

Most college programs will not certify your animal for use outside of class or training, but they'll guide you to a professional organization that does. Some institutions that allow AAT services may require your pet to be certified through an animal-assisted therapy organization.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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