Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Athletic Therapy and Training

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Athletic Therapy and Training

  • CAO CodeDC204
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Min Points 2019 484
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€8,415
  • Non EU Fees€18,000
About fees & requirements

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.

Why do this course?

  • Specialism in management of musculoskeletal injury in sporting and non-sporting groups
  • Emphasis on pitch-side skills including initial injury assessment, emergency care and end stage sport-specific rehabilitation
  • Cardiac and Emergency First Response certification with the Prehospital Emergency Care Council of Ireland
  • Intensive training in the development of consultation, interpersonal and clinical skills
  • Extensive practical experience through placement with sports teams, supervised and student-led musculoskeletal clinics
  • Opportunity to gain experience in MedEx, DCU’s community-based chronic illness rehabilitation programme
  • Opportunity to complete an international placement
  • Accredited degree with Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI)

Student Voice

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

About the course

Year One begins with anatomy and the basic sciences, giving you an understanding the anatomy of the body and of 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 in order 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 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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Course Life

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.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


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

  • Athletic Therapist and Trainer

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

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

QQI level 5

No Entry Path

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.

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.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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.

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

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Athletic Therapy and Training Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €8,415 €18,000