Fitness and Health Promotion
Available as a two-year program
Two-year Ontario College Diploma
- Start Date
September and January entry
Find your career
Qualified fitness and health professionals find rewarding positions:
- Health clubs, community recreation and fitness centres, military bases, corporations, community health promotion programs, cruise ships, resort destinations and through self-employment.
- Grads are well prepared to obtain nationally recognized certification with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology as Certified Personal Trainers.
- Graduates may obtain industry-recognized High Five certification in leadership and coaching required to work with day camps and children's programs.
Our grads get great jobs
- Fitness and Sports Instructor, Canadian Forces Base
- Fitness Programmer, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
- Fitness Consultant, Granite Club
- Personal Fitness Trainer, YMCA
- General Manager, GoodLife Fitness
- Fitness Facility Coordinator, Madawaska Valley Fitness Centre
- Owner, Private Fitness Studio
Is it for you?
Do you have what it takes to turn an active lifestyle into a career? This is a great program for people who:
- Are committed to a healthy lifestyle
- Enjoy motivating others to achieve their goals
- Possess keen observational skills
- Are energetic and like working with people
- May be interested in science and human physiology
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In this hands-on program you will develop confidence and expertise in designing and implementing fitness programs for both individuals and groups:
- Learn to accurately assess health and fitness levels, evaluate progress and develop exercise prescriptions tailored to meet the interests and lifestyle goals of every client.
- Train and teach in Loyalist’s newly renovated on-campus Fitness Centre and program-dedicated fitness lab.
- Gain applied knowledge of anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise prescription, nutrition, chronic disease prevention and entrepreneurship and marketing.
- Network with guest speakers who are industry professionals in fitness and wellness.
- Assist and develop programs for personal training clients at the College.
- Earn 320 hours of industry experience in two field placements.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Learn with registered kinesiologists, exercise physiologists and personal trainer examiners who have experience working with elite athletes, cardiac rehab patients, children with special needs, and people of all ages and abilities in between.
- A wide network of current industry contacts connects students with placements and jobs.
- First Year - Semester One
- COMM1048 College Writing Skills
- This course focuses on writing and research skills required for successful completion of college-level studies. The course will promote development and improvement of research and writing skills that can be applied to students’ chosen programs of study.
- ANAT1000 Human Anatomy and Physiology
- This course provides an introduction to anatomical terminology and organization within the human body and its application to exercise. Emphasis will be given to the role of the musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, endocrine and nervous systems at rest and during movement.
- PSYC1013 Human Development & Sport
- The principles and determinants of development are discussed. Topics include the application of developmental theories related to physical, psychological, social, cognitive, moral and spiritual changes throughout the lifespan.
- FITN1008 Personal Health and Wellness
- Students engage in individual and group exercise activities in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Emphasis is placed on personal development through all aspects of the wellness continuum. Students are introduced to lifestyle enhancement methods including aerobic conditioning, strength training, flexibility, stress management and nutrition.
- PROF1019 Succeeding in Fitness & Recreation
- This course will prepare students to successfully transition to a post-secondary learning environment and understand the demands and challenges of the Fitness and Health Promotion and Recreation and Sport Services programs. Topics include academic and study skills, time management, financial literacy and the importance of professional rapport and communication. Students explore exciting career opportunities and pathways within the industry and develop an effective portfolio, cover letter and résumé. Guest speakers and graduates of the program discuss industry expectations and important skills and competencies for a successful career.
- GNED1100 Becoming a Global Changemaker
- This Loyalist College graduate attributes course will help shape your perspectives, broaden your understanding of important issues affecting our societies today, and equip you with invaluable knowledge and skills that will inform your ability to influence your community in a meaningful and impactful way. By exploring topics such as cultural competency, Indigenous education, entrepreneurship, sustainability, health and wellness, and ecological literacy, you'll be equipped with a powerful toolkit that extends far beyond the classroom.
- First Year - Semester Two
- FITN1003 Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitative Anatomy
This course examines the body's response and adaptation to acute and chronic exercise participation. Students will relate bioenergetics and energy metabolism to different modes, types and intensities of exercise. The response of various organ systems to exercise will be discussed, as well as considerations for different environments and special populations. Students are also introduced to concepts of exercise prescription and how to train for various modes and intensities of activity.
Prerequisite: ANAT 1000
- MGMT1009 Human Resources & Customer Service
- Students will utilize personality inventories, journaling and role-playing assignments to develop an awareness of self and others with respect to socio-psychological and emotional parameters across the lifespan. This information combined with interpersonal skills, stress reduction, conflict resolution and basic problem solving will be applied to the delivery of quality customer service. This course will also discuss basic theoretical and practical knowledge essential to the organization and administration of various sport and recreation programs.
- MGMT1001 Introduction to Program Design
Students develop basic skills in all aspects of fitness and recreational program planning. This course will provide the foundation for program planning that is utilized throughout the program and the industry. Students develop a program plan that incorporates a needs assessment, program administration, marketing, budgeting, risk management and program evaluation.
Prerequisite: COMM 1048, PSYC 1013
- FITN1009 Sport & Recreation Programming
Students will be provided with the opportunity to experience a variety of fitness and recreation modalities including group exercise, outdoor programming and trending exercise modalities. Active participation in these activities will allow students to expand on their skills and explore potential career pathways.
Prerequisite: FITN 1008
- MGMT2001 Sport Psychology & Leadership
- Students will relate theories of group development, conflict resolution, leadership styles and communication to working in group situations. Students apply aspects of sport psychology and leadership training to team and group environments. This practical application allows the student to reflect on and analyze their own participation in the group experience and their own personal application of group dynamic concepts and skills.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- MGMT2007 Emerging Trends in Sport
- Students analyze various economic, sociological, scientific and political factors, learning to identify both current and future opportunities and challenges in the fields of recreation and sport management, and fitness and health promotion.
- WKPL2013 Field Placement 1
- This course will consist of one four-week block placement in an agency of a discipline within the fitness and health promotion field.
- FITN2002 Fitness Assessment
Students will expand their knowledge on the fundamental principles and rationale used in the assessment of body composition, aerobic endurance, and musculoskeletal fitness. Students administer assessments for healthy individuals and interpret and deliver results in a client centred approach. Practical skills are developed through the administration of a variety of nationally recognized lifestyle and fitness-related assessment tools.
Prerequisite: FITN 1003
- FITN2003 Mechanics of Exercise
Students apply theories and principles of biomechanics through a variety of learning activities. Students analyze how the bones, muscles, and joints in the body contribute to efficient movement patterns. These principles will be used to design safe and effective exercise programs that ensure proper technique for participants.
Prerequisite: FITN 1003
- NUTR2001 Nutrition
This is a foundational course in evaluating the nutritional status of a healthy individual and identifying eating practices that may or may not promote health. Students learn to relate the biochemical and physiological processes of human nutrition, utilize nutritional assessment tools and identify differences in nutrition for health and disease.
Prerequisite: FITN 1003
- PROF2029 Professional & Career Development
This course introduces students to the requirements and objectives of the field placement experience within the Recreation and Sport Services and Fitness and Health Promotion programs. Through in-class activities and independent study, students will explore a variety of different agencies, facilities and field placement possibilities. Students research further educational opportunities and the obtainment of relevant industry certifications.
Prerequisite: COMM 1048
- PHSI2001 Sport Injury Management
This course is designed to provide students with detailed understanding of injury assessment and management. Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of knowledge, both the theoretical and practical components required to competently assess and manage common injuries sustained while participating in recreational activities. The integrated knowledge and skills acquired from the course will be used as a basis for future, more advanced course work in the areas of lifestyle programming and adapted recreation programming.
Prerequisite: FITN 1003
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- ENTR2010 Entrepreneurship & Marketing
- Course description not available
- FITN2005 Exercise Prescription & Training
Students interpret and utilize data collected from a variety of fitness assessments to design client centred exercise prescriptions. Students apply knowledge and skills in aerobic conditioning, resistance training, and lifestyle modification to assist clients in reaching their fitness and health related goals.
Prerequisite: FITN 2002, FITN 2003
- WKPL2014 Field Placement 2
- This course provides students the opportunity to apply acquired skills and knowledge during a four-week block placement at an organization within the fitness and health promotion field.
- FITN2008 Group & Team Conditioning
This course will build on students' skills and knowledge of group exercise programming and will introduce concepts of sport-specific and team conditioning. Through the participation in and planning of a variety of group training sessions, students will obtain the skills necessary to effectively develop and monitor group exercise programming for a variety of clients.
Prerequisite: FITN 2003, FITN 1009
- PHSI2007 Health Promotion for Diverse Populations
This course offers students the opportunity to discuss a variety of factors that contribute to chronic disease. These factors include socio-economic status, environmental conditions and pathophysiology. Students examine these factors and their impact on the role of community-based health promotion. Students also develop strategies to prevent or manage chronic disease under the confines of their scope of practice.
Prerequisite: NUTR 2001 or OTPT 2000
- PHSI2002 Inclusive Programming
This course prepares students to provide inclusive fitness and recreation activities to individuals with a variety of physical, social or cognitive exceptionalities. Emphasis is placed on the design and implementation of safe and inclusive programming, allowing for maximum participation and engagement.
Prerequisite: OTPT 2012 or FITN 1003 or PHSI 2001
- MGMT2004 Sport Administration
- This course examines best practices relating to the management of programs, facilities and human resources specific to the field of fitness and health promotion and recreation and sport services. Leadership and management challenges, sound decision-making skills, discussions about risk management, budgeting and relevant government legislation will be discussed.
*Courses subject to change.
- Become a Certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.
- Expand your qualifications with fitness training: A common first-year curriculum allows a seamless transition into Recreation, Sport and Leisure. Graduates have the opportunity to complete a dual diploma in just one additional year.
- Earn a double diploma in another College program in as little as one year.
- Specialize with a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations – Event Management.
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist College. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements. Click here for more information about university transfer agreements.
- Algoma University – B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Athabasca University – Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services
- Brock University – various*
- Davenport University – B.A. Sport Management
- Institute of Technology Tralee – Bachelor of Science in Health and Leisure (Year 3)
- Lakehead University – B.B.A.
- Laurentian University – various*
- Laurier Brantford – any honours program
- Nipissing University – various*
- Seneca College – Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- University of Guelph – B.A.Sc. (Honours) Kinesiology
- Ontario Tech University – Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Kinesiology; B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology
- University of Waterloo – various*
- Wilfrid Laurier University – various*
- York University – various*
- Atlantic Technological University - Year 3 BSc in Health Science & Physiology and Year 3 BSc (Hon) in Health Science & Physical Activity
*Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving institution.
Explore opportunities to continue your studies in Ireland:
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2023 – 24)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,308
- Total: $4,030.08
- Additional Program Costs: $578 (year one) and $609 (year two)
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level AND
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
- Standard First Aid (Level C) and AED (adult, child, infant) is required prior to placement in year 2 (Semester 3). Students are provided information on obtaining
their certification during the program.
- Immunization record and/or personal health history.
- The program includes a physical fitness component. Prospective students with special needs, limitations or health-related issues that may affect their field placement or potential employment opportunities are encouraged to discuss their career goals with the program coordinator.
Recommended academic preparation
- Sciences and mathematics.
- Applicants with a baccalaureate degree focusing on exercise sciences may be eligible for direct entry into second year.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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