Ontario College Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion
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.
Dual Diploma Option
Broaden your career options in the recreation and fitness sector. The Fitness and Health Promotion and Recreation and Leisure Services programs' new common first year allows you to discover what areas of this health-related industry best suits your goals. You’ll expand your skill base and you could earn a dual diploma in just five semesters. For details, contact the program coordinator.
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
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.
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.
Proof of current immunization is required (including TB). For more information, and to print the required immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.
Non Academic Requirements
Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page.
Failure to provide any of the required Non Academic Field Requirements by the specified due date will result in an inability to participate in the mandatory placement components of the program.
Minimum Admission Requirements
Students applying to Fitness and Health Promotion must meet the following requirements:
- OSSD including Gr 12 C English
OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.
Two Gr 11 courses will be accepted in lieu of a Gr 12 course requirement.
Recommended (but not required for admission)
- Gr 12 Healthy Active Living Education (O)
- Gr 12 Exercise Science (U) Gr 11 Math (C)
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.
You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.
- Successful completion of program
- Entry into 3rd year studies;
Visit articulation agreement for details
Institute of Technology Tralee
- Minimum 60% cumulative average
- Advanced entry into the Physical Education stream is not permitted
- Police clearance is necessary for registration in this programme
- B.Sc. (Ordinary) graduates in the above program with a minimum 50% cumulative average will be eligible to enter year 4 of the B.Sc. (Honours) in Health and Leisure program
University of Guelph-Humber
- Minimum 75% cumulative average
- Completion of a summer University of Guelph-Humber bridge (May-August) program
- 5 out of a 20 credit degree
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- Minimum mid-70% cumulative average
- 33 out of a 120 credit degree;
Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details