So you want to become an Athletic Therapist. Congratulations and welcome to one of the most rewarding careers you can find. If you want more information than provided here please go to www.athletictherapy.org
The first step towards becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist is to attend an accredited institution. We have seven institutions in Canada. University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Camosun College, Sheridan College and Concordia University all have degree programs in Athletic Therapy. Mount Royal University offers a post degree certificate as well as a collaborative program with University of Regina, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge and Trinity Western University. York University currently has probationary status.
Upon completion of your education you will continue on the path of certification. Before attempting the national certification exam you will need to have met the following requirements. A valid CPR-HCP certification, completed a First Responder course, have your Supervisory Athletic Therapist (SAT) to approve your application and have completed 600 hours of both field and clinical work.
The national exam consists of two parts. The written exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions. The oral-practical portion consists of both field and clinical components. During the field exam you will face an urgent or non-urgent on field scenario, a sideline return to play scenario and a taping/support scenario. The clinical component has to scenarios, injury assessment and rehabilitation. The oral-practical exam is marked live by Certified Athletic Therapists.
There are 6 domains of competencies that you will gain during your education and will need to demonstrate during your national exam.
- Recognition and Evaluation
- Managing, Treatment and Disposition
- Organization and Administration
- Education and Counselling
Once you have completed all these steps you will receive one of the greatest pieces of mail stating you our now a Certified Athletic Therapist and get to use the professional designation of CAT(C).