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 and fieldwork placement

Open to International

Yes

Length

4 years

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Athletic & Exercise Therapy

Two exclusive disciplines in one comprehensive program

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.

Athletic & Exercise Therapy

At Camosun

The Centre for Sport & Exercise Education offers innovative programing 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

      No sessions are scheduled at this time.

      Stay tuned!

      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.

      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

      Domestic: $23,085

      International: $59,360

      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

        Course
        Course name
        Credits
        Tuition

        Admission Requirements

        What kind of applicant are you?

        Camosun has three different applicant categories:

        • Adult
        • Current BC/Yukon High School Student
        • International

        Learn more.

         

        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.

        English
        one of:
        High school course:

        • C+ in English 12
        • C+ in English Studies 12
        • C+ in English 12 First Peoples
        • Non-BC high school

        Math
        one of:
        High school course:

        • C+ in Foundations of Math 11
        • C+ in Pre-calculus 11
        • Non-BC high school

        Biology
        one of:
        High school course:

        • C+ in Biology 12
        • Non-BC high school

        Chemistry
        one of:
        High school course:

        • C in Chemistry 11
        • Non-BC high school

        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.

        Participation Requirements

        Prior to starting the program, you will be required to:

        • Student attendance at a program Orientation session scheduled by the Centre for Sport and Exercise Education (CSEE) is mandatory. Clear expectations for the program and issues which may interfere with progress in this program will be addressed at this time.
        • Students will submit a portfolio, which includes the student’s declaration on preparation and motivation to the chosen career and two reference letters addressing ethical and professional capabilities when moved to student.
        •  Students will complete a program questionnaire, a lifestyle questionnaire and health-related fitness assessment that identifies their current level of fitness and supports their future development. The lifestyle questionnaire and health-related fitness assessment will provide individual baseline data and assessments for each student and will assist in the measurement of their progress over their program;
        • The Criminal Record Review Act requires that students registered in a post-secondary program where they may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults must have a criminal record check done through the B.C. Government’s Criminal Record Review program. The Ministry of Justice is the authorized body under the Act to make the determination of risk. Any student found to be at risk by the Ministry will not be able to participate in a work integrated learning experience (e.g. coops, clinical placements, practicum’s, internships, preceptorships, work experiences, etc.) and may therefore be unable to complete the program.

        Camosun will provide students with information regarding the criminal record check process that must be followed. Instructions on the Criminal Record Check process will be provided to students by email, prior to their practicum. Students must be able to provide two pieces of current, government issued identification (one with photo). Students are responsible for all associated costs. Note: Any Criminal Record Checks done outside of the College will not be accepted and will result in an additional cost to the student.

        • Students must obtain valid certificates for CPR-BLS (Basic Life Support) and Standard First Aid.  This must be completed by the end of the 1st semester in the program to support your participation in activity-based courses.*;
        • *Students are responsible for covering the fees of gaining the certifications
        • Students will be required to purchase a Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy Placement Medical Kit.
        • Students will be required to apply to the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) as a Certification Candidate 2 years prior to graduating from the Athletic and Exercise Therapy Program. Students will ensure they maintain their status throughout the remainder of their course of study in the BAET program at Camosun in order to be eligible for the CATA national certification exam upon graduation.

        *Students are responsible for expenses associated with completing these certifications.

        • Students will be required to obtain a First Responder Certificate after the completion of the Emergency Condition courses (AET 260 and AET 261)

        *Students are responsible for expenses associated with completing these certifications.

        Notes: The work environment in which you will be employed requires demanding lifting and moving techniques and extensive hand washing. If you have back, neck, or arm injury or serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or latex allergy you should consider carefully before making an application to this program. For the same reasons, if you have a significant health challenge you should consult with the Program Chair, Connie Klassen.

        Portfolio Requirements

        BAET students are required to submit a portfolio of the following elements prior to starting the program.

        The Bachelor of Athletic & Exercise Therapy portfolio includes a needs assessment questionnaire, two reference letter forms addressing ethical and professional capabilities and a summary of 12 observational hours in three separate athletic therapy and exercise therapy settings (the student information package emailed to new students provides more details on the above requirements).

        For assistance in finding clinics to complete your portfolio hours, please visit the Athletic Therapists of British Columbia website. Contact therapists in your region to attempt to complete your hours prior to the start of the program. Our AET clinic at Camosun has also been helpful in assisting students with hours.

        Please see the following websites to find Clinic Contacts:

        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.

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        Connie Klassen bio

        Connie Klassen

        Chair

        Chair of the Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy Program. Past Program Leader of the Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy Program. Past ... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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        Kristal Anderson bio

        Kristal Anderson

        Program Leader, Exercise and Wellness

        Areas of Expertise Children and youth; lifestyle behaviours; body composition; physical activity; behaviour modification Education Ph ... Read more

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        Kate Boyd

        Practice Placement Coordinator

        Affiliations Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Athletic Therapists Association of British Columbia Canadian Society for Exercise Phys ... Read more

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        Mike Davies

        Instructional Assistant

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        Graham Frost Instructional Assistant, Exercise & Wellness

        Graham Frost

        Instructional Assistant

        B. Kinesiology – Acadia University B. Secondary Physical Education- Acadia University M. Ed Post-Secondary Curriculum & Instruction–Simon Fras ... Read more

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        Isabel Grondin Instructor, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

        Isabel Grondin

        Instructor

        Isabel is a Certified Athletic Therapist and a Physiotherapist with a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy. She graduated from the University of Alberta ... Read more

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        Johanna Hurtubise

        Instructor

        Area of Expertise: Sports-Related Concussion Motor Control & Neuroscience Education: PhD in Kinesiology & Health Science ... Read more

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        Gord Inglis

        Gord Inglis

        Department Chair

        MSc. - Physical Education - Washington State University B. Business Administration - University of Idaho Areas of instructional expertise: Biomech ... Read more

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        Sonja Kerr Instructor, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

        Sonja Kerr

        Instructor

        Postdoctoral research in Worksite Health and Safety at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA USA Research interests: worksite health, health pr ... Read more

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        Dana Morch

        Instructional Assistant

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        Dustin Moore Instructional Assistant, Exercise & Wellness

        Dustin Moore

        Instructional Assistant

        Areas of Expertise Strength & Conditioning Education MSc Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning), Edith Cowan University ... Read more

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        Thalia Moore

        Instructor

        Masters of Science in Kinesiology (University of Victoria) Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition (Acadia University) Certified Exercise Physiolog ... Read more

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        Alyssa O'Connor Instructor, Exercise & Wellness

        Alyssa O'Connor

        Instructor

        Areas of Expertise Health Promotion; Chronic Disease Management; Lifestyle Medicine & Behaviour Change; Personal Training & Exercise Pre ... Read more

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        Noreen Ortilla Instructor, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

        Noreen Ortilla

        Instructor

        Areas of Expertise Anatomy Clinical assessment and rehabilitation of the spine Education Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences from th ... Read more

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        Steve Van Schubert Instructor, Athletic & Exercise Therapy, Placement Supervisor

        Steve Van Schubert

        Instructor

        Co-Owner of Elite Performance Athletic Therapy Co-Owner of Jumpstart Boot Camp Steve has worked in a professional capacity with athletes and teams ... Read more

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        Tony Webster Instructor, Exercise & Wellness

        Tony Webster

        Instructor

        Instructor for courses related to exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and exercise and health. PhD in Exercise Physiology, University of ... Read more
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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