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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 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:

 

    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

    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, 2022, to August 31, 2023

      Estimated tuition

      Tuition estimates are for the entire program

      Athletic & Exercise Therapy, Bachelor's Degree

      $24,024 (domestic)
      $62,160 (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

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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:

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

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      If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your Athletic & Exercise Therapy classes contact sported@camosun.ca.

      Faculty

      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

      Isabel Grondin Instructor, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

      Isabel Grondin

      Chair, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

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

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      Jennifer Gow Program Leader, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

      Jennifer Gow

      Program Leader, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

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

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      Connie Klassen bio

      Connie Klassen

      Instructor

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

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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 ...

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      Noreen Ortilla Instructor, Athletic & Exercise Therapy

      Noreen Ortilla

      Program Leader, Massage Therapy; Instructor AET & MASS

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Excellence Building (PISE) 306

      Location link

      Interurban campus

      250-370-4700

      sported@camosun.ca

       

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