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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy CW188
What is the Course about?
This BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy is specially designed to enable graduates to become competent in supporting the medical and para-medical professions in the rehabilitation of the injured individual. With growing participation in competitive and recreational sport, there has been an increase in injuries sustained during these activities and this course focuses on both the preventative, assessment and curative aspects of these types of soft tissue injuries. The components of the course are interlinked and co-ordinated closely, with clinical placement in the final year.
What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
On completion of the course you will be a competent and effective practitioner in the field of sports injury and performance,capable of responding to the changing demands of clinical practice. Graduates act as self-employed sports rehabilitators, athletic therapists, work with professionals, semi-professionals, amateur sports clubs and organisations, in third level colleges and universities, in rehabilitation institutions or sports injury clinics, or with sporting bodies.
What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Following graduation students can transfer to a wide range of postgraduate courses at both MSc and PhD level in IT Carlow, nationally and internationally. A number of graduates have gone on to pre-registration physiotherapy masters courses.
What exemptions will I receive?
Successful graduates will be eligible for full membership of BASRaT (British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers). Graduates will also be eligible to apply for membership of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI).
What subjects will I study?
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What are the minimum entry requirements?
(A) Leaving certificate (CAO) applicants are required to have achieved a minimum of six subjects with at least two at Higher Level grade C3 or higher and four other subjects at least grade D3 at Ordinary Level. Subjects must include English or Irish and Mathematics at Ordinary Level grade D3 or higher.
(B) Graduates of a relevant Bachelor of Science degree
Mature applications are welcome and will be assessed on an individual basis.
Students gain ongoing, hands on, clinical experience in our on-campus clinic and will have an opportunity to complete clinical work placements in a variety of sites including the USA, South Africa, Australia, Britain and Ireland.
A recent graduate of the course, Ian McCarthy, spent his clinical work placement at Stanford University's Sports Medicine Department. You can watch his video about his experience here, where he includes his contact details for those interested in doing the same:
Course Places: 18
Duration: 4 Years
Grants Available: € Grants available NFQ Level 8
CAO Entry: Yes
Max: 485 Aver: 465 Cut-Off: 445
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