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Athletic & Exercise Therapy, Bachelor's Degree

Prevention and care of injury and disease

 

Program at a glance

Credential

Degree

Area of Study

Sport & Exercise

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

Work experience

Clinical/fieldwork placement

Open to International

Yes

Length

4 years

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Athletic & Exercise Therapy

Two exclusive disciplines in one comprehensive program

Start in September!

This unique program focuses on the prevention, assessment, treatment, and management of injuries and hypokinetic diseases. It also addresses the design and application of conditioning and rehabilitation programs that enable injured and diseased individuals to return to activity.

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At Camosun

The Centre for Sport & Exercise Education offers innovative programming in the areas of Athletic & Exercise Therapy, Sport Management, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy and Adventure Education. As an Athletic & Exercise Therapy student, you will become an integral part of the Centre for Sport & Exercise Education (CSEE).

What is an Athletic Therapist?

A Certified Athletic Therapist assesses injuries and conditions in order to promote optimal healing and safe reintegration into an active lifestyle. Through the study of anatomy, emergency conditions, field conditions, therapeutic modalities and other clinical courses, students learn the methods for contemporary rehabilitative techniques and therapies, soft tissue mobilization, musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, warm-up techniques, physical reconditioning and supportive strapping procedures.

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

A Clinical Exercise Physiologist conducts fitness and health assessments, prescribes and supervises individualized or group exercise programs and provides fitness and health counselling for seemingly healthy and/or clients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, severe obesity, osteoporosis and others.

Is Athletic & Exercise Therapy right for you?

Camosun's Bachelor of Athletic & Exercise Therapy program provides knowledge and advanced skills in athletic and exercise therapy, exercise science, and business skills to operate a successful practice. The underpinnings of this innovative program are an understanding of the Canadian health care system, culture and society that will enhance services to clients, and the research skills necessary to stay current of the advancements in the field of athletic and exercise therapy.

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

Through extensive clinical and fieldwork experiences, our degree will provide students with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and prerequisites necessary to seek designation as Clinical Exercise Physiologists TM with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). The BAET program is an accredited program of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association providing graduates the opportunity to seek designation as a Certified Athletic Therapist.

Placements

In your second year of the program, you will start doing your field placements with high school teams. In your third year, your placements will be working with sport teams.

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

In addition to placement for practical skills at the on-campus clinic, our students are often placed at these organizations:

After Graduation

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 Opportunities

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

  • Hospitals
  • Athletic and exercise therapy clinics
  • Schools
  • Physician offices
  • Physical therapy clinics
  • Community based rehabilitation programs
  • Occupational and industrial settings
  • Professional sports teams
  • Sports medicine clinics

Further Study

Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and abilities for advanced study in health promotion, public health, rehabilitation and sport sciences.

Advanced Degree Opportunities

Some of our agreements with other colleges and universities include:

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

Information Sessions

The Centre for Sport & Exercise Education Information Sessions are a great way to learn more about a program and to get your questions answered by faculty and staff.

For more information please contact: sported@camosun.ca.

 

Scheduled Sessions

Invest in yourself!

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

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Estimated Tuition

Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

$23,547 (domestic)

$60,760 (international)

Additional Student Fees

What to expect

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

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

In second year, 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.

In third year 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.

In fourth year 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 $49,920 depending on employer and seniority.

    *2018 Job Bank Wage data

    Curriculum & courses

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    Course list

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    Admission Requirements

    When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

    Tip:  Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

    One of:

    One of:

    One of:

    And one of:

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

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

    For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

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    Our Teaching Staff

    Learn from the Best

    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.  To learn more about our faculty visit the CSEE homepage.

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    Faculty/staff profile

    Connie Klassen bio

    Connie Klassen

    Chair

    Chair of the Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy Program. Camosun College Committees - Integrated Curriculum Committee (Chair), Academic Appea ...

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    Jennifer Gow Program Leader, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

    Jennifer Gow

    Program Leader

    Areas of Expertise Randomized clinical trials in orthopedics, research methods, self report measures of health, neurocognitive assessment of mil ...

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    Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

    Contact information

    Centre for Sport and Exercise Education

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    Campus location

    Campus location
    Camosun College Interurban
    4461 Interurban Rd
    Victoria BC V9E 2C1

    Location link

    About Interurban Campus

    250-370-4700

    sported@camosun.ca

     

    International Admissions

    International students please contact International Admissions