I have been asked this a lot in recent years, which is so great to see because our college is still quite small, it’s starting to become larger but more the merrier!
First things first, you need to go to school to become an athletic therapist. Here in Canada, you will need to complete a 4 year Bachelor’s of Applied Health Sciences Degree (BAHSc(AT)) at one of the following colleges and universities:
- Concordia University
Dr. Richard DeMont
Department of Exercise Science
7141 Sherbrooke St. W. Montreal, Quebec H4B 1R6
Tel. (514) 848-2424 ext. 3329 Fax (514) 848-8681
- Camosun College
Ms. Connie Klassen
Centre for Sport and Exercise Education
4371 Interurban Road Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2C5
Tel. (250) 370-4728 Fax (250) 220-2501
- Sheridan College
Ms. Kirsty McKenzie
7899 McLaughlin Road Brampton, Ontario L6V 1G6
Tel. (905) 459-7533 ext. 5253 Fax (905) 815-4043
- York University
Dr. Loriann Hynes
326 Stong College 4700 Keele Street North York, Ontario M3J 1P3
Tel. (416) 736-2100 ext. 22734 Fax (416) 736-5996
This program is accredited for the following entry methods only: Athletic Therapy Certificate embedded as a major within a four-year York University Kinesiology degree
- University of Manitoba
Ms. Jacqueline Elliott
102 Frank Kennedy Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
Tel. (204) 474-9143 Fax (204) 474-7634
- University of Winnipeg
Mr. Ben Trunzo
515 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
Tel. (204) 786-9249 Fax (204) 783-7866
- Mount Royal University
Dr. Mark Lafave
4825 Richard Rd. S.W. Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6
Tel. (403) 440-6500
- Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Dr. Philippe Fait
Directeur de programme, concentration thérapie du sport
Département des sciences de l’activité physique
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
3351 Boulevard des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 5H7
Téléphone : 819 376-5011 Sans frais : 1 800 365-0922
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : https://www.uqtr.ca/
I personally went to Sheridan College in Brampton Ontario and can speak of my personal experiences at this college. It was a fantastic program, and I had the pleasure of having both Kirsty McKenzie and Dr. Loriann Hynes as professors, they are both absolutely lovely if you will be contacting them from the list above. The facility at Sheridan college is one of the best in my opinion, there is a gym and clinic full of some of the best equipment, including an underwater treadmill (mind blown, I know). There is also multiple dedicated spaces for classrooms and labs in the program.
How do I get into the program?
Now keep in mind, I started at Sheridan College in 2008, so things may have changed since then considering that was 12 years ago (holy crumbs). But I have looked up the recent requirements on Sheridan’s website, they go as follows:
|Admission Requirements||Applicant Selection||English Language Proficiency|
Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including the following required courses:
• English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)
• Biology, Grade 12 (U)
plus one of:
• Physics, Grade 12 (U) or
• Mathematics, Grade 12 (U) or
• Chemistry, Grade 12 (U)
• Three additional Grade 12 credits at the U or M level
• Minimum 65% in each course
Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with a minimum 65% in each course.
|Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).|
Co-op experience related to Athletic Therapy is strongly recommended.
Applicants must attend an information session.
|All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English Proficiency Requirements.|
Refer to the website for full admission requirements.
What do I learn in the program?
Once you are in the program you will have a wide range of classes over the 4 years all progressively becoming a bit more difficult but perfectly piecing it all together.
Your first year is your basic sciences including, biology, psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, protective equipment and bracing, and exercise physiology. Then for the remainder of years 3-4 you ill be taking multiple levels of all the following classes: anatomy, pathophysiology, emergency care, conditions, therapeutics exercise, modalities, biomechanics, psychology, assessment and rehab, manual techniques along with clinical and field placements. All classes will be in the form of classroom lectures and labs.
Here is an attachment of what to expect: https://academics.sheridancollege.ca/-/media/files/programspdf/bachelor-of-applied-health-sciences-athletic-therapy_en.ashx
I have graduated school, now what?
You have made it through the jam packed 4 years of awesome education, congratulations! Now you have to prepare for the national exams. The exams will test your knowledge in CATA’s scope of practice and competencies in athletic therapy. This process ensures that successful certification candidates have demonstrated basic competence in athletic therapy and ensures the safety and care of the public when providing athletic therapy services to Canadians.
Now, when I was completing my national exams, we were required to do a 200 multiple choice question written exam and the next day we would complete practical exams in both field and clinical. If my memory serves me correct, the field practical exams had 2 taping, one emergency, one non-emergency and I think an on field assessment. The clinical exams included an assessment and an acute treatment and chronic treatment (return to play) of the condition you assessed.
However! Times have change and now the exam is just a 200 multiple choice question written exam. I personally think the association should have kept the practicals in there, but that is just my input.
Then once you pass everything, you are now a Certified Athletic Therapist, CAT(C). Yay!
What is the difference between Canadian and American Athletic Therapy?
Here in Canada we are referred as certified athletic therapists (CAT(C)) under the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association (CATA) and in the states they are known as athletic trainer certified (ATC) under the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
For more information on how to become an Athletic Therapist in Canada: https://athletictherapy.org/en
For more information on how to become an Athletic Trainer in America: https://www.nata.org
If you have any more questions on how to become an athletic therapist please visit the links above or you can find me on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lewslife_/ or in my contact box on my website: https://lewslife.com/contact/
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