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The following are answers to some of the most common questions about the new Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) program at Mount Royal University. For fast responses to questions about admission requirements, registration and financial aid, visit Ask a Question.


Mount Royal’s new Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree

  1. What does the new BHPE degree offer?
  2. When does the new BHPE degree start? When can I apply?
  3. What specific courses are required for admission into the new BHPE?
  4. Are students still being accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship — Sport and Recreation, Bachelor of Physical Education — University Transfer and Athletic Therapy Certificate programs?
  5. How is the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy impacted by the new BHPE?
  6. Why is Mount Royal offering a BHPE degree instead of continuing with current programming?
  7. Will the BHPE degree be recognized by universities across Canada if I wish to pursue
    graduate studies?
  8. How does the BHPE degree compare to Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Physical Education programs offered at other universities?

Information for prospective Mount Royal BHPE students

  1. What programs will no longer be accepting applications for Fall 2014?
  2. Where do I find out more about applying to the new BHPE degree?
  3. What are the admission requirements for the new BHPE?
  4. Do I need to know what major I want to take before I apply to the new
    BHPE degree?
  5. What will the new BHPE degree cost?
  6. Are scholarships and financial aid available?
  7. Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?

Information for current students in the Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and the Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship — Sport and Recreation programs

  1. What impact will the new BHPE have on my current program of study?
  2. If I transfer into the new BHPE, when would I complete the program?

Information for students in the Bachelor of Physical Education — University Transfer program

  1. What impact will the new BHPE degree have on my current program of study?
  2. If I transfer into the new BHPE, when could I complete the degree?
     

Information for students in the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy Certificate

  1. What impact will the new BHPE have on my studies?

Mount Royal’s new Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) degree

  1. What does the new BHPE degree offer?

Mount Royal has launched a new four-year Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) degree to start in Fall 2014.

The BHPE degree prepares graduates for employment within the health, fitness, sport and recreation sectors; ecotourism and outdoor leadership; or for further education in graduate or professional programs — including teaching, physiotherapy, medicine, chiropractic, pharmacy and dentistry. The degree includes a General Education component to ensure breadth of study within four majors:

Athletic TherapyEcotourism and Outdoor Leadership Physical LiteracySport and Recreation Management

Graduates will be prepared to contribute to Canada’s healthcare system as Athletic Therapists in a variety of sport medicine, professional and private settings.

Career Examples:
Athletic Therapist. Graduates may also pursue careers or subsequent studies in physiotherapy, medicine, dentistry or kinesiology.

 

Graduates will have skills and knowledge in tourism, business, sociocultural heritage and outdoor leadership that will allow them to contribute to the tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

Career Examples:
Wilderness guide, consultant, parks employee, tourism professional, teacher, outdoor facility manager or adventure therapists. 

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to connect physical activity and healthy lifestyles through educating, facilitating and promoting at the community and recreation levels.

Career Examples:
Teacher, recreation programmer, coach, fitness trainer/director or health educator.

Graduates will have skills and knowledge in recreation programming, community development, and management of sport, recreation and athletic facilities.

Career Examples:
Recreation facility manager, fitness director, community development facilitator, sport and recreation marketing, professional or sport consultant.

This new BHPE degree will allow students to earn an undergraduate degree from Mount Royal and have the option to continue their studies in graduate or professional school.

To apply for Mount Royal’s new BHPE program, visit Admission.

  1. When does the new BHPE degree start? When can I apply?

The new BHPE degree will begin in the Fall 2014 Semester (September 2014).

Applications are now being accepted and admission will continue until the program is declared full.

Visit Admission to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.

  1. What specific courses are required for admission into the new BHPE?

The new BHPE requires the following specific course requirements:
English Language Arts – 30-1 – 60%
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
Biology 30

Visit Admission to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.

  1. Are students still being admitted into the Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship — Sport and Recreation, Bachelor of Physical Education – University Transfer and Athletic Therapy Advanced Certificate?

As of Fall 2014, Mount Royal will no longer admit students into the Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship — Sport and Recreation or the Bachelor of Physical Education — University Transfer programs.

Mount Royal will continue to admit students into the Athletic Therapy Advanced Certificate.

  1. How is the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy impacted by the new BHPE?

The Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy will continue to be offered as a one-year advanced certificate. There are two categories of applicants. Category One applicants are those students who have a complete bachelor’s degree in a physical education, kinesiology or a related field. Category Two applicants are in-progress students at one of Mount Royal's four partner institutions.

Admission into the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy for Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 continues unchanged.

Beginning in Fall 2016, the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy for Category One and Category Two students will change to be delivered over two years (20 months).

  1. Why is Mount Royal offering a BHPE degree instead of continuing with current programming?

Mount Royal has a long reputation of providing strong programs in health and physical education. Becoming a university has increased the demand for our programs, and responding to the changing needs of employers and students has led to the creation of the new BHPE degree.

The new BHPE will allow students to earn a baccalaureate credential that will be recognized across the country — broadening the opportunities for graduates to pursue additional education in graduate or professional school.

The Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership as well as the Sport and Recreation programs have been very successful as applied degrees. The new BHPE provides the curriculum/courses previously offered in the applied degrees while ensuring a balance of General Education courses and work experience components to create well-rounded graduates. The work experience component in the new degree will be reduced by six credits to allow for an increase in the General Education component by four courses, enabling students to add one of more than 40 minors to complement their major.

Students interested in Athletic Therapy and Physical Literacy can now complete a full degree at Mount Royal. Previously our university transfer program required students to complete their degree at another university.

Current students and graduates of the Athletic Therapy Advanced Certificate can still continue with the certified athletic therapist designation from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. The BHPE – Athletic Therapy provides the opportunity for future students to achieve this certification.

To find out more information about the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, visit mtroyal.ca/bhpe.

  1. Will the BHPE degree be recognized by universities across Canada if I choose to pursue graduate studies?

Yes. As a member of the Universities Canada (UC), Mount Royal degrees are recognized by all universities in Canada. In addition, the BHPE has been developed to align each major with similar programs across the country.

Specifically, the majors in Athletic Therapy and Physical Literacy meet the accreditation requirements of the Canadian Council of Undergraduate Physical Education & Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA). The Athletic Therapy major meets the CCUPEKA Kinesiology standards, while the Physical Literacy major meets the CCUPEKA Physical Education standards. The CCUPEKA standards enable graduates to pursue graduate studies in the kinesiology and physical education domains.

The majors in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and Sport and Recreation Management have been developed in consultation with the other Canadian universities providing degrees in these areas to ensure graduates have the same opportunities for graduate or professional school as other equivalent programs.

  1. How does the new BHPE degree compare to Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Physical Education programs offered at other universities?

Across Canada you will find various academic degrees that have majors in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Recreation, Tourism and Outdoor Education. Often these degrees offer further specialization in areas such as biomechanics, sport psychology or pedagogy of physical education. Some common names of these degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE)
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin)
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE)

Mount Royal’s new BHPE has been created so that each of the majors align with similar majors at other universities. In the two majors where there is a national accreditation process, we have designed them to meet all accreditation requirements (Athletic Therapy meets the Kinesiology accreditation of CCUPEKA as well as the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) accreditation requirements, while Physical Literacy meets the Physical Education accreditation requirements of CCUPEKA).

The major difference between the terms kinesiology, physical education and health and physical education are the following:

  • Kinesiology — is defined as the scientific study of human movement.
  • Physical Education — refers to the study of how activity and health are taught to others (both in teaching and other environments).
  • Health and Physical Education — we believe this best reflects the increased emphasis on how health is connected to physical activity as all four majors focus on how physical activity throughout life provides positive health benefits.

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Information for prospective Mount Royal BHPE students

  1. What programs will no longer be accepting applications for Fall 2014?
  • Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership
  • Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship — Sport and Recreation
  • Bachelor of Physical Education — University Transfer
  1. Where do I find out more about applying to the new BHPE degree?

Learn more about the BHPE degree and admission criteria at Admission.

  1. What are the admission requirements for the new BHPE degree?

The new BHPE degree requires the following specific course requirements:
English Language Arts 30-1 – 60%
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
Biology 30

Visit Admission to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.

  1. Do I need to know what major I want to take before I apply to the new BHPE degree?

No. You may apply to one of the four majors in your initial application, or if you are undecided, you may apply as an undeclared student and select your major within two years (20 courses) of enrolling in the program.

The four majors are:

Undeclared students may choose either the Physical Literacy major or the Sport and Recreation Management major. Entry into the Athletic Therapy major and Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership major may only occur through the application for admission process.

  1. What will the new BHPE degree cost?

Tuition and fees for a full course load (5 courses per semester for one full academic year – September to April) is currently estimated at $6400 for the 2013-14 academic year, and the cost of books and supplies is estimated at $1300 per year. The 2014-15 tuition, fees, books and supplies will be available in April/May 2014 and can be found on the Money Matters section of our website.

  1. Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Yes. A variety of student awards and financial aid opportunities are available to students who qualify.

  1. Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?

Yes, living in residence at Mount Royal is a convenient way to get the most out of your post-secondary education. Units are fully furnished and situated minutes away from a wide range of Mount Royal facilities and services. New students are guaranteed a room in residence if you apply and pay your application fee and security deposit by June 15, 2014.

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Information for current students in the Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and the Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship — Sport and Recreation programs

  1. What impact will the new BHPE degree have on my current program of study?

You will be given the opportunity to complete your current program within a reasonable time period, or have a one-time option to move into to the new BHPE program for the Fall 2014 semester. Students who began an applied degree in Fall 2013 will have up to eight years to graduate, which would be by Spring 2021. Depending on how long you take to complete your current studies, some of the courses you require may be replaced with equivalent courses.

You should meet with your academic advisor (physedinfo@mtroyal.ca, or 403.440.6500) to ensure appropriate course selection in order to complete all the requirements for graduation.

  1. If I transfer into the new BHPE, when could I complete the degree?

Your earliest potential completion date* will be after Winter 2016, depending on the number of courses you are able to transfer over from your previous program.

Please contact your academic advisor at physedinfo@mtroyal.ca, or 403.440.6500 for more information.

*Note: As part of the transition from the existing programs we are unable to guarantee the offering of the senior (3000 and 4000 level) courses prior to Winter 2016. If there is sufficient student demand, it is possible the courses are offered earlier; however, this is not guaranteed.

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Information for students in the Bachelor of Physical Education — University Transfer program

  1. What impact will the new BHPE have on my current program of study?

You will have a one-time option to move over into the new BHPE for the Fall 2014 semester. Alternatively, you will be given the opportunity to continue in the Bachelor of Physical Education — University Transfer for the 2014–15 academic year to complete your studies and transfer to another university.

You should meet with your academic advisor (physedinfo@mtroyal.ca, or 403.440.6500) to ensure appropriate course selection in order to meet your academic goals.

  1. If I transfer into the new BHPE, when could I complete the program?

Your earliest potential completion date* will be after Winter 2016, depending on the number of courses you are able to transfer from your previous program.

Please contact your academic advisor (physedinfo@mtroyal.ca, or 403.440.6500) for more information.

*Note: As part of the transition from the existing programs we are unable to guarantee the offering of all senior (3000 and 4000 – level) courses prior to Winter 2016. If there is sufficient student demand, it is possible the course is offered earlier; this is NOT guaranteed.

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Information for students in the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy program

  1. What impact will the new BHPE have on my current program of study?

The current Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy is a one-year program that will continue to be offered through the Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 intakes. The current program provides opportunities for students at Mount Royal’s partner institutions (University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, University of Regina, and Trinity Western University), as well as students with a completed bachelor’s degree (in a related field) who meet the admission requirements to be admitted into the one-year advanced certificate.

Starting in Fall 2016 the delivery of the advanced certificate curriculum, which currently is delivered over one year, will be changing to a two-year delivery. This change will impact students entering the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy in Fall 2016 and later.

You should meet with your academic advisor (physedinfo@mtroyal.ca, or 403.440.6500) to ensure appropriate course selection to meet your academic goals.  

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