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What is the Course about?

This course focuses on the prevention, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activities.

Course Structure

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

Is this course for you?

Are you interested in working in the management of sports injuries? If you are a conscientious individual, with good communication skills and would like to encourage and motivate people while studying and working in a sport and exercise setting, then this course is the perfect choice for you.

Special Features:

  • Students gain hands-on clinical experience in our dedicated teaching clinic on campus.
  • Practical experience working with SETU 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.
  • Exit award: Higher Certificate in Physiology and Health Science (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Anatomy 1 (M) Anatomy 2 (M)
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (M) Exercise Physiology 1 (M)
Maths and Physical Sciences for Health Science (M) Physical Sciences for Health Science (M)
Physiology and Cell Biology 1 (M) Physiology and Cell Biology 2 (M)
Strength and Conditioning: Applied Coaching 1 (M) Strength and Conditioning Applied Coaching 2 (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Pathophysiology (M) Exercise Physiology 2 for Health (M)
Motor Control (M) Neuromuscular Skeletal Assessment 2 (M)
Neuromuscular Skeletal Assessment I (M) Pathology of Injury 2 (M)
Pathology of Injury 1 (M) Soft Tissue Manual Therapy (M)
Research in Sport and Health (M) Strength and Conditioning for Performance (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Advanced Rehabilitation and Performance Programming 1 (M) Advanced Rehabilitation and Performance Programming 2 (M)
Articular Manual Therapy (M) Applied Research in Sport and Health (M)
Electrophysical Agents (M) Movement Dysfunction (M)
Sports Nutrition (M) Pre Competition Trauma Management (M)
Student-Led Clinical Practice (M) Student Led Clinical Practice 2 (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 4

Semester 7 Semester 8
Current Concepts in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy (M) Clinical Placement and Professional Practice (M)
Differential Diagnosis (M) Research Project and Dissertation (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7
  • Garda vetting required

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of the NFQ Level 8 are eligible to apply for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning and for
MSc/PhD research courses at SETU Carlow. They can also transfer to a wide range of taught and research postgraduate courses, nationally and internationally. A number of graduates progress to Pre-Registration Masters in Physiotherapy in Ireland and the UK.

Graduates of the Level 8 are eligible to sit:

  • The Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI) examination, successful completion of which grants the title Certified Athletic Therapist'.
  • 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 as an Athletic Trainer (ATC).

What exemptions will I receive?




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

Graduates will be competent and effective practitioners in injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, as well as sports nutrition and exercise prescription skills.

They can secure employment with: sports persons; amateur sports clubs and organisations in third-level institutions, sports injury clinics or with amateur and professional sporting bodies.


Course Leader

Dr Sharon Kinsella

Programme Director BSc in Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy -

Call: +353599175515

Email: [email protected]