Animal Assisted Therapy

This distance online course is a comprehensive introduction to the human-animal bond and its therapeutic applications. It is designed for professionals from a wide range of disciplines, and for volunteers, students and newcomers who wish to further their knowledge and explore career opportunities in this emerging, multi-disciplinary field.

Course Dates:

Starting January 22, 2018
Location: ONLINE

About the Program

Students will examine how contact with animals can enhance human well-being when incorporated into health care, social services, psychology and other related fields.

The distance learning format allows students to learn at their own pace. The ten week series of reading and writing assignments can be completed at the student’s convenience. There are opportunities for students to comment at online discussion forums. Students are required to make two clinical observations at a site in their own community to observe AAT programs in action.

Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to HCAB and its therapeutic applications
  • History of the HCAB and AAT/AAA
  • Key concepts in AAT/AA and HCAB that effect our relationships and therapeutic interactions with animals
  • AAT/AAA opportunities, challenges, and contraindications in a variety of facilities
  • How to become an AAT/AAA Specialist; career opportunities
  • Selecting animals for AAT/AAA; protecting the welfare of therapy and assistance animals
  • How to conduct an AAT/AAA visit
  • How to organize an AAT/AAA program
  • AAT/AAA in youth and residential center programs
  • Risk and Disease management in AAT/AAA


The developer and instructor for the 10-week course is Phil Arkow, an internationally acclaimed author, trainer, and authority in AAT/AAA. Mr. Arkow has conducted over 2,000 AAT/AAA sessions since 1973.

Course Fees, Registration, Billing/Payment and Cancellation Policy

Fees: The course fee is $1,035.

Registration:  Register online>>

Payment: Payments are due no later than the first day of class. This requirement applies to all students. To ensure maximum results for each student, class size is limited.

Cancellation Policy: Harcum College reserves the right to add or drop a course/program according to enrollment. If you wish to withdraw from a course, cancellation must be received in writing five (5) business days before the class is scheduled to begin or a refund will not be granted. Refunds are subject to a $25 administrative fee.

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Phil Arkow, Instructor