The Athletic Therapy major will contribute to Alberta’s health care system by training graduates who are prepared to become Certified Athletic Therapists. Graduates will develop competency in emergency management, injury assessment, therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation techniques, and clinic management and administration. These competencies will allow them to practice in sports medicine clinics, with amateur and professional sports teams, or at high school and post-secondary institutions. Some graduates will open their own private practices and all will have strong skills in the leadership and promotion of good health and wellness.
All BHPE - Athletic Therapy major students must complete the following courses in order to complete the BHPE core and major specific degree requirements:
Five courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Athletic Therapy
Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters.
One course will be taken at the second tier
Students admitted to the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education - Athletic Therapy program requires specific general education courses to meet graduation requirements. These are specified in the program curriculum. For incoming students in the BHPE program, it is important to seek clarification of these requirements and up-to-date registration information through an Academic Advisor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. For details on the nature and structure of General Education see the General Education section of this calendar.
In order for students to progress into the third year of the Athletic Therapy Major, students must provide proof of completion of a course in:
Taping and Prophylactic Support and;
First Responder for Athletic Therapy. Both courses are typically offered in August each year. Students will be required to make the appropriate arrangements to be available and attend these courses when offered.
Once students have graduated from the BHPE - Athletic Therapy program students can pursue certification to become a Certified Athletic Therapist - CAT(C). Details about certification requirements can be found on the Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association (CATA) website - athletictherapy.org
Note: Students will be required to provide proof of a valid First Responder certificate along with all courses in this program to be eligible to take the Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association (CATA) national certification examination.