Athletic & Exercise Therapy, Bachelor's Degree

The prevention, assessment, treatment and management of injuries and hypokinetic diseases.

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Program at a glance



Work experience

Clinical/fieldwork placement

Study options



Open to International


Area of study

Sport & Exercise


4 years

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Two exclusive disciplines in one comprehensive program.

Accredited by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, this unique program addresses the design and application of conditioning and rehabilitation programs that enable injured and diseased individuals to return to activity. The program provides knowledge and advanced skills in athletic and exercise therapy, exercise science and business skills to operate a successful practice.


Is Athletic & Exercise Therapy right for you?

If you are passionate about helping others through prevention and rehabilitation of injury and disease to return to activity, the Bachelor of Athletic & Exercise Therapy program may be right for you.

Our innovative program is built upon an understanding of the Canadian health care system, culture and society to enhance services to clients, and the research skills necessary to stay current of the advancements in the field of athletic and exercise therapy.

Through extensive clinical and fieldwork experiences, our intensive and immersive degree will provide students with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and prerequisites necessary to seek designation as a Certified Athletic Therapist and Clinical Exercise Physiologists™.

Certified Athletic Therapists assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries and conditions in order to promote optimal healing and safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.

Clinical Exercise Physiologists™ conduct fitness and health assessments, prescribe exercise programs and provide fitness and health counselling for healthy and/or clients with chronic disease.

Athletic & Exercise Therapy Clinic

As a senior student, you'll have the opportunity to work at Camosun's on-campus clinic offering both a state of the art applied learning environment for Camosun students, and exemplary services to its clientele.

As a student

This program is delivered at the Interurban campus. As an Athletic & Exercise Therapy student, you will become an integral part of the Centre for Sport & Exercise Education (CSEE) throughout your program.


Placements will begin in your second year of the program through a field placement with a high school team. In your third year, your placement will be working with sport team.

In your fourth year, you will participate in clinical placements in the community, and at our on-campus Athletic and Exercise Therapy Clinic.

After graduation


Graduates of the Bachelor of Athletic & Exercise Therapy meet the requirements to pursue the following designations and certifications:

Career opportunities

Athletic therapists tend to work with the physically active population (athletes and recreationally active populations) and exercise therapists tend to work with those individuals who have conditions and diseases which have been the result of an inactive lifestyle (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and obesity.

Employment settings for athletic and exercise therapists are many, including:

  • Athletic and exercise therapy clinics
  • Multi-disciplinary clinics
  • Professional sports teams
  • Sport medicine clinics
  • Community based rehabilitation programs
  • Occupational and industrial settings
  • Academic institutions
  • Physician offices
  • Hospitals

Further study

Graduates may pursue post-graduate education in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medicine programs as well as variety of other post-graduate programs.

Some of our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies at universities such as:

Some of our agreements with other colleges and universities include:


    What you'll learn

    Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

    Program outline

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

    Program outline

    What to expect

    Four years at Camosun can prepare you for a fulfilling and high-demand career in Athletic Therapy and/or Exercise Therapy.

    The Bachelor of Athletic & Exercise Therapy is a four-year program located on the Interurban campus. The program includes a minimum of 1,200 clinical and fieldwork hours.

    Year 1

    You'll cover the basics of human anatomy, psychology and health. You'll also be introduced to a range of sport and fitness activities. 

    Year 2

    You'll do your first two practical placements in a team setting. You'll start learning about injury prevention and treatment, as well as health maintenance. You will have an opportunity to seek certification as a First Responder.

    Year 3

    You'll begin to learn about injury assessment and rehabilitation. You'll also be introduced to the concepts of health and fitness promotion. In addition to classroom learning, direct patient care will be a part of your daily regimen. You will continue to apply your skills in the team setting.

    Year 4

    All of your theoretical and clinical knowledge comes together. In your final clinical placements, you'll have greater independence and responsibility, and be able to demonstrate the concepts of manual therapy, research methods, and ergonomics.


      Still in high school?

      We have dual-credit courses available here at Camosun through South Island Partnership.

      A rewarding career

      Athletic/exercise therapists in BC earn a median annual salary* of $52,140 depending on employer and seniority.

      *2021 Job Bank Wage Rate Data

      Tuition and fees

      Effective from September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2024

      Estimated tuition

      Tuition estimates are for the entire program

      Athletic & Exercise Therapy, Bachelor's Degree

      $24,334 (domestic)
      $63,560 (international)

      Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

      For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees

      Student fees

      In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees

      Financial assistance

      You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

      Financial Aid & Awards 

      Curriculum & courses

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      Course list

      Course name

      Admission requirements

      One of:

      • C+ in English 12 
      • C in English 12 Camosun Alternative   

      One of:

      • C+ in Anatomy and Physiology 12 
      • C+ in Anatomy and Physiology 12 Camosun Alternative 

      One of:

      • C in Chemistry 11   
      • C in Chemistry 11 Camosun Alternative   

      And one of:

      • C+ in Math 11 
      • C+ in MATH 073 
      • C+ in MATH 075 
      • C+ in MATH 077 

      Note: Acceptance to the Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy Program is based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the above four courses. The minimum cumulative GPA to qualify for consideration is a "B" grade or equivalent.

      When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

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      Our faculty are knowledgeable professionals who work in a wide range of athletic and exercise therapy fields. Collectively, they bring a wealth of real-world experience gained from working with organizations such as the Montreal Canadiens, Rugby Canada, Ringette Canada, and the Canadian Forces; as well as with teams that participated in the Salt Lake Winter Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, the Pan-Am Games, and the Vancouver Paralympic Games. 

      Please see our continuing faculty below. For a full list of our faculty, please visit our CSEE contact page.

      Faculty/staff profile

      Jennifer Gow Program Leader, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

      Jennifer Gow

      Program Leader, Athletic & Exercise Therapy
      PISE 212E
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      Faculty/staff profile

      Noreen Ortilla Instructor, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

      Noreen Ortilla

      Program Leader, Massage Therapy; Instructor AET & MASS
      PISE 306L
      Full bio

      AET Clinic - Jamie and Skeleton

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      For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

      Contact information

      Centre for Sport and Exercise Education

      Campus location

      Pacific Institute for Sport Education Building (PISE) 306

      Location link

      Interurban campus



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