School of Health and Human Performance

Athletic Therapy and Training

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CAO Code:
DC204
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
558
Duration:
4 yr
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Physical activity is a necessary part of daily life, but this same activity—be it in sport, leisure or work—can also lead to injury in any person, regardless of their fitness. An Athletic Therapist and Trainer (ATT) focuses specifically on musculoskeletal injuries and their prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

The Athletic Therapy and Training programme will equip you with the medical knowledge, clinical abilities, problem-solving skills, confidence, and practical experience you need to become an ATT. The course’s graduates are also recognised as ATT’s who can communicate and work professionally with patients.

 

I have really enjoyed the last three years of this course learning the skills to diagnose and treat an extensive range of injuries in both clinical and emergency situations. This has been done while still enjoying the college life that DCU has to offer. The course is now also providing me with the opportunity to travel to America to complete a five-month clinical placement at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kevin Boyd, Athletic Therapy and Training

Year One begins with anatomy and the basic sciences, giving you an understanding of the anatomy of the body and the pathophysiology of injury. You’ll also study the theory and practice that underpin physical conditioning to prevent and rehabilitate injury, and enhance health and performance.

In Year Two, you’ll start to learn how to assess, treat and rehabilitate injuries and further develop the theory and practice of training. You’ll also undertake First Aid and Emergency Care to prepare you to provide pitch-side assistance in various sports. In addition, you’ll start the clinic modules that will continue each semester for the remainder of the course. These modules will provide you with clinical field experience, as well as allow you to assist in the student-led sports injury clinic based within the school.

You’ll spend Year Three expanding your knowledge and learning in-depth principles of rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities and soft tissue therapies.

In the first half of Year Four, you’ll gain three to five months of experience working full-time in a clinical setting in Ireland or abroad (including athletic therapy and training facilities in American universities). The latter half of the fourth year includes a major research project.

 

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We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

 

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U. The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUFM. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

 

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Kevin Boyd, Athletic Therapy and Training

 

I have really enjoyed the last three years of this course learning the skills to diagnose and treat an extensive range of injuries in both clinical and emergency situations. This has been done while still enjoying the college life that DCU has to offer. The course is now also providing me with the opportunity to travel to America to complete a five-month clinical placement at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kevin Boyd, Athletic Therapy and Training

Career Areas
Health and Fitness Centres
National Governing Bodies of Sports Associations
Self Employed
Sports Club
Sports Injury Clinic

 

The clinical experience gained in Year Four gives you a genuine competitive edge with employers when you graduate. Career prospects include:

  • Sports injury clinics
  • Sports clubs and teams
  • National governing bodies of sports associations
  • Health and fitness centres
  • Self-employed athletic therapist and trainer

The course equips you with the skills to pursue a career in looking after the health of both athletes and the general public. 

 

Career Tags
Athletic Therapist and Trainer

Requirements

Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O4 or H6 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

EU Transfer Applications

Eligible students are those who have successfully completed a Higher Diploma (Level 8) in a related field of study or successfully completed or are about to successfully complete one year of study on a degree course (Level 7 or 8) awarded by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) (formerly the National Council for Education Awards (NCEA)) or by a university established under the Universities Act 1997, or an equivalent qualification awarded by a similar body outside of the State. While it is NOT a pre-requisite for candidates who are applying (having completed one year of study on a degree course) to have studied in a similar or related subject, it may be an advantage if applicant numbers are high. 

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€8,415 per annum
Non EU Fee
€18,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie