Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy CW188

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW188
  • 36
  • 440
  • 4 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
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What is the Course about?

Participation in competitive and recreational sport in recent years has led to an increase in sports-related injuries. Sports rehabilitation focuses on both the preventative assessment and curative aspects of injury.

This course equips students with the skills to manage the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injured individuals. The course offers a unique blend of academic theory, practical workshops and clinical placements in the final year, ensuring learners have real world experience. Students on this course enjoy state-of-the-art facilities with an elite gym and a fully equipped dedicated rehabilitation unit on campus.

Special Features:

  • Students gain hands-on clinical experience in our dedicated teaching clinic on campus.
  • Practical experience working with Institute of Technology Carlow sports teams.
  • All students have the opportunity to do a clinical work placement nationally or internationally in countries including USA, South Africa, Australia, Britain and Ireland.
  • Graduates of this course are sought after by national sporting governing bodies and our alumni are working for national and international organisations.
  • Graduates of Physiology and Health Science (CW106) may apply for entry to Year 3 CW188.
  • Exit award: Higher Certificate in Physiology and Health Science (NFQ Level 6).

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to apply for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning and for MSc/PhD research courses at Institute of Technology Carlow or can transfer to a wide range of taught and research postgraduate courses at MSc and PhD Level nationally and internationally. A number of graduates have gone onto Pre-Registration Masters in Physiotherapy in Ireland and the UK.

Graduates may sit the ARTI examination on completion of the course. On passing this exam, graduates can use the title ‘Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist’. Further exams include the United States Board of Certification exam (BoC) and National Athletics Therapist Association (NATA) exam. Successful completion entitles the graduate to work in the USA or Canada as an Athletic Trainer (ATC).

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

On completion of this course graduates will be competent and effective practitioners in sports injury and rehabilitation.

Graduates are qualified to be sports rehabilitators and/or athletic therapists and can secure employment with professionals; semi-professionals; amateur sports clubs and organisations in third level institutions; sports injury clinics or with amateur or professional sporting bodies.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Sharon Kinsella
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD