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2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Therapy, BHPE

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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:


The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) requires students to complete a total of 120 credits (the equivalent of 40 three-credit courses). The 120 credits required will be taken from the following areas: core courses, major-specific courses, General Education* and electives.

* Please consult the University Calendar for information concerning the University’s General Education requirement.

General Education 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.

Continuance Requirements

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: 

  1. Taping and Prophylactic Support and; 
  2. 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. 

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education students must achieve a minimum final grade of “C” in each core course and major course. Students must satisfactorily complete all of the Mount Royal General Graduation Requirements as published in this Calendar as well as all the Major specific graduation requirements.

Students must follow the graduation application procedure outlined in the current Academic Calendar. Applications must be submitted by the date published in the Calendar. All BHPE students must successfully complete at least two practicum related courses in order to graduate (see major-specific curriculum for additional information).

CATA Certification

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. 

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