Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

GENERAL INFORMATION
I’ve heard there are changes being made to the Athletic Therapy Advanced Certificate program, is this true? If so what are the changes and when will they come into effect?
Can I complete this program online or through distance education?
Am I required to have a degree or can I apply with a diploma or certificate?

THE ADMISSION PROCESS

I completed a Bachelor of ... but I took all of the courses required for admission, am I eligible to apply?
How do I find out if my post secondary courses will meet the admissions requirements?
What if my institution does not offer one of the courses required for admissions?
My institution doesn’t offer a Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility course, what are my options?
Do I need Standard First Aid & CPR for Health Care Professionals?
When should I plan to complete the First Responder for Athletic Therapy (formerly EMR) & Athletic Taping admission requirements?
What is a conditional offer of admission?

THE PROGRAM

What is a practicum placement?
Do I need a car?
Will I be able to take on a part-time job?
What will my schedule look like?
What will I have to pay to take the Advanced Certificate?
Is there anything that I can do to prepare in advance of the starting the program?

THE PROFESSION

Where can I find more information about Athletic Therapy as a profession?
Can I become a student member of CATA?   GENERAL INFORMATION

I’ve heard there are changes being made to the Athletic Therapy Advanced Certificate program, is this true? If so what are the changes and when will they come into effect?
As of Fall 2016, the Advanced Certificate will be offered as a two year program rather than a one year program. This is because we are now offering a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education with a major in Athletic Therapy.

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Can I complete this program online or through distance education?
No, this program requires students to be on campus.

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Am I required to have a degree or can I apply with a diploma or certificate?
Applicants for the Athletic Therapy Advanced Certificate program must possess a degree in kinesiology, physical education, human kinetics, exercise science or equivalent. Diplomas, certificates and/or relevant experience will not be accepted as equivalent to a degree. Please refer to the Admission Requirements & Costs section of the website for all of the admission requirements.

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THE ADMISSION PROCESS

I completed a Bachelor of ... but I took all of the courses required for admission, am I eligible to apply?
Yes, the website says: “Applicants for the Athletic Therapy program must possess a degree in kinesiology, physical education, human kinetics, exercise science or equivalent.” An equivalent degree means you possess a Bachelors degree (Science, Arts, Fine Arts…) from an accredited post secondary institution. This degree should include all of the courses required for Admission as noted on the  Admission Requirements & Costs  section of the website.

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How do I find out if my post secondary courses will meet the admissions requirements?
First you must apply. Once you have applied and Admissions has received your transcripts then the transfer credit assessment process will start. You can also check your transfer equivalencies through your mymru account. 
In the case that one or more of your courses appear as unspecified credit (ex. PHED 2XXX or UNSP 3XXX) you will need to submit your course syllabi for further assessment.

The courses you need to make sure appear as specific Mount Royal University equivalents are the following:
*Please note that all courses listed below will be accepted but changes have been made to our course names and numbers for Fall 2014.

Anatomy: HPED 1512 or PHED 1001 or BIOL 1203
Physiology: HPED 2514 or BIOL 1216 or BIOL 3104, or BIOL 3205
Exercise Physiology: HPED 3514 or PHED 4001
Biomechanics: HPED 3516 or PHED 3001
Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries: HPED 2505 or PHED 3003
Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility: HPED 2830 and HPED 2850 or PHED 2304 and PHED 2228
Nutrition: HPED 2507 or PHED 2007**
Sport Psychology: HPED 2510 or PHED 2005**

**Nutrition and Sport Psychology are not admission requirements, they are graduation requirements. If you are admitted to the program without these courses you will need to complete them before you graduate from the program.

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What if my institution does not offer one of the courses required for admissions?
You must meet all admission requirements to be admitted to the program. If you do not have access to all of the required courses at your institution then you will need to seek out alternative courses at your institution or another institution.

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My institution doesn’t offer a Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility course, what are my options?
You cannot start the program without the strength, conditioning and flexibility requirement. Please note that this requirement can be fulfilled by more than one course. At MRU the courses that meet these requirements are two 1.5 credit courses: HPED 2830 - Introductory Flexibility and Relaxation and HPED 2850 - Introductory Strength Training. What we are looking for is a course that introduces you to basic weight lifting and flexibility techniques and programming. You must have spent some time actually lifting and stretching and this must be clearly identified in the course syllabus. Sometimes there is a combination of courses that will cover this material which is acceptable. Please remember that the only way to determine equivalency is through the assessment of the course syllabus therefore the course syllabus needs to be very clear as to what will be covered in the course. Many courses that are not approved are missing the stretching component or the syllabus is does not provide enough detail about the topic.  

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Do I need Standard First Aid & CPR for Health Care Professionals?
Standard First Aid is not required for the First Responder course but you will need CPR (C or Health Care Provider HCP) certification.  If you are conditionally admitted then you will want to ensure your CPR C or HCP certifications are current. Please note that you must have the CPR course in order to be eligible to take the First Responder & taping courses.

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When should I plan to complete the First Responder for Athletic Therapy (formerly EMR) & Athletic Taping admission requirements?

Athletic Therapy students who want to progress into their third year (BHPE students) or continue their progress in the Athletic Therapy Certificate (Post-Degree students) need to complete a First Responder for Athletic Therapy Course and the Athletic Taping Course. The old requirement was EMR, but we have shifted this course for curricular reasons. There is no equivalent to the First Responder for Athletic Therapy in the community. Therefore, all students must register for the First Responder offered through Mount Royal Recreation at the beginning of August. It is a two-week course with both theory and practical components. The cost of the course includes personal emergency care equipment necessary for the field practicum courses that commence in September. The cost also includes the textbook, practical & written exam testing. Upon successful completion, students are awarded a First Responder Certificate.

The Athletic Taping course will build on some of the taping skills learned previously in the Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries course that is required to enter the program. The course will be offered in a block format immediately following the First Responder for Athletic Therapy Course. The Athletic Taping course will be offered over the course of two weeks in the mornings. This will provide some students to start their practicum early (if they wish) and practice some of those taping skills with various field placements. Alternatively, some students may need to take the HPED 2112, Clinical MSK Anatomy and this is offered in the afternoons for the same two weeks the Athletic Taping Course is being offered.

In summary, most of the month of August and beginning of September will be busy with these two (or three for those who need it) courses. It is important to plan ahead and realize that working during this time outside of these courses will be difficult if not impossible.

Applicants will receive a save the date notification via email (usually late March / early April). If accepted, students are expected to register and be available to take these courses in August/September.
 

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What is a conditional offer of admission?
Your admission offer will be conditional until all of your final official grades/transcripts are received and all of the remaining conditions of your admission are met. The conditions you have to meet will be outlined in your offer of admission. Athletic Therapy Advanced Certificate applicants that receive a conditional offer will not meet all of the conditions of their admission until they have completed the EMR and Taping courses which are to be taken at MRU in late August.
All of the conditions of your admission will include academic course requirements and non-academic requirements as noted below.

Academic course requirements for admission: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, and Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility

Taping and Prophylactic SupportEmergency Medical Responder (EMR)
    - to be completed in late August at MRU

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THE PROGRAM

What is a Practicum Placement?
Field and clinical practica are a vital part of the Athletic Therapy program. You will work in a field setting during both the first and second semesters of your studies, and gain clinical experience starting in the second semester.

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Do I need a car?
Some field and clinic placements are very difficult to get to by city transit. While a car is not required, it can be very helpful.

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Will I be able to take on a part-time job?
The program has very high demands on your time. In addition to your courses, you are required to work with a team in the fall and winter semesters, and also in a clinic in the winter semester. For those continuing in the spring, another combined team and clinic placement is required. One student described the term as “being a full-time student, and a varsity athlete, and a team therapist all at the same time.” It is highly advised that you do not attempt to work part-time while enrolled in the program.

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What will my schedule look like?
While everyone’s schedule will differ based on class sections and practicum, you can expect to be in classes Monday – Friday with classes starting at 8am for everyone. Your field and clinical practica hours will vary depending on what team and/or clinic you are working with but expect to be working evenings and weekends throughout the year. For students doing their field practicum at post-secondary institutions, coverage of teams through the Christmas break and Reading Week may be required.

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What will I have to pay to take the Advanced Certificate?
Please refer to the Money Matters website for all questions relating to fees, scholarships, bursaries and financial aid.

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Is there anything that I can do to prepare in advance of the starting the program?
Readings and assignments for many of your courses will be due in the first week of classes. If you have access to the textbooks, advanced reading may decrease the initial workload. An example is provided on the next page. In addition, all students in the program must have completed pre-requisite courses (Human Anatomy and Physiology; Exercise Physiology; Biomechanics; Prevention and Care of Injuries; Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility). The information you learned in these courses will not be reviewed. You are expected to come into the program having a good understanding of key concepts in these pre-requisite courses. Strong knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy is crucial for success in your classes.

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THE PROFESSION

Where can I find more information about Athletic Therapy as a profession?
As the national governing body for Certified Athletic Therapists, the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA) is a great place to start. Please take the time to explore CATA's website especially the What is Athletic Therapy webpage to learn more about the profession. It is important that you understand the profession before you commit to the program.

The Alberta Athletic Therapist Association is another resource that is available to you as one of the seven regional chapters of CATA.

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Can I become a student member of CATA?
As a student in Mount Royal University's accredited Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy program you will be required to become a CATA Certification Candidate. For more information about becoming a Certification Candidate please see CATA's webpage -  Certification.  

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