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Athletic Therapy

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE)

4 years

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Program highlights

Work placement opportunity

Practical experience — put theory into practice and gain the valuable skills that will support you later on in your career.

Research opportunities — participate in studies focused on assessment and treatment of injuries, epidemiology and injury prevention, concussions, medical education and more.

On the rise — discover how these grads' careers were shaped by the program.

Get certified — graduates are eligible to pursue certification from the Canadian Association of Athletic Therapists (CATA).


Focused on the prevention and care of injuries, athletic therapists work closely with athletes and active individuals to contribute to their overall health.

The Athletic Therapy program is designed to meet accreditation requirements of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, the body that ensures athletic therapy education has the overall resources to produce an entry-level professional who can meet accepted standards of athletic/active patient care.

The program also is designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the Canadian Council of Undergraduate Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA), the body that ensures quality and consistency in physical education degrees in Canada.

Graduates are prepared to take the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association board exam or follow a career in a related health-care field.

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Career possibilities

  • Certified athletic therapist
  • Insurance case manager
  • Medical sales specialist
  • Chiropractor or physiotherapist*
  • Sports or massage therapist*
  • Medical staff
  • Clinician or emergency first responder*
  • Educator, lecturer, instructor or researcher*

* additional education, experience and/or training required

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses


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Faculty of Health, Community and Education

Mount Royal is pleased to offer four Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degrees, including majors in Athletic Therapy, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Physical Literacy, and Sport and Recreation Management.

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