The Fitness and Health Promotion program will prepare you to perform the roles and responsibilities of a fitness and health consultant. Heightened consumer awareness of fitness and health has resulted in a significant demand for these qualified fitness professionals.
Through accurate assessment and monitoring of health and fitness levels, you will prepare activities and programs that are safe and effective, and that meet individual needs and interests. Are you committed to a healthy lifestyle and interested in motivating others to achieve their wellness goals? If so, this could be the right career for you. Our new program curriculum focuses on four areas of study:
- Exercise Science
- Health promotion
Over four semesters, you will progressively develop skills and knowledge in fitness assessment and exercise prescription, injury prevention and management, nutrition, health promotion, leadership and self-development, business planning and lifestyle consulting. Field Placement opportunities will provide you with workplace experience supervised by trained professionals and leaders in the fitness industry. Placements can be tailored to your specific career goals or future university plans. For example, students have requested placements in hospitals, corporate sites, fitness facilities, chiropractic or physiotherapy settings, and non-profit organizations such as Diabetes Canada and Osteoporosis Canada. Class sizes are small and your learning environments feature the latest equipment, technology and facilities, including the state-of-the-art Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, located on Fleming College campus grounds.
Add Valuable Industry Certifications to Your Skill Set
You may have the opportunity to obtain nationally recognized fitness–related certifications during the program, saving you time and additional expense if taken independently at a future date. Upon completing the curriculum, students decide if they want to challenge the national exams.
The certifications offered are subject to change, and may involve some additional fees. Contact the program coordinator for details.
Graduates from the Fitness and Health Promotion diploma program will have the required expertise to work in a variety of settings as fitness programmers, personal trainers and lifestyle coaches, in areas such as:
- community and recreation centres
- employee and corporate fitness centres
- private fitness gyms, sports and health clubs
- personal training, fitness assessment and wellness consulting
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) levels, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 and Grade 12)
- 2 different Grade 11 or Grade 12 College (C) Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- or 1 Grade 11 or Grade 12 College (C) Science course plus Grade 12 University (U) Exercise Science
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) and (U/C) level courses are also accepted.
OR General Arts and Science - College Health Science Option, Ontario College Certificate
Recommended High School Courses:
(Although not required for admission, these courses will help prepare you for this program).
- Grade 12 Healthy Active Living Education (O)
- Grade 12 Exercise Science (U) Grade 11 Math (C)
Other program requirements:
First Aid and Basic Rescuer Certificates
Students who register in the program will be required to possess a standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate ( Level C CPR) that is valid for the duration of the program.
Criminal Reference Checks
Field placement agencies may require that criminal reference checks and vulnerable position screening be conducted prior to field placement. A criminal reference check/CPIC can be completed by local police departments upon payment of a fee.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.
All applicants will be required to achieve course credit in the mandatory science courses, through Secondary School or through Academic Upgrading programs.
The program includes a personal physical fitness component and will require students to perform endurance and strength exercises. If there is concern regarding the physical expectations of the program, we encourage you to discuss your career goals with the program coordinator as part of the application process.
Immunization Requirements: Proof of current immunization is required (including TB). For more information, and to print the required immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.
Pathways to Further Education
Graduates of the Fitness and Health Promotion program may choose to continue their studies and pursue a Bachelor of Exercise Science, or a degree in Kinesiology. See our Transfer Agreements below for more information.
Add a Specialization to your Skills: Therapeutic Recreation Post-Graduate Program
Graduates of the Fitness and Health Promotion program can add a specialty in Therapeutic Recreation with just two additional semesters of study.
- Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
- University of Guelph-Humber
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology
For more information see the Pathways to University page.
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