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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

People are living longer than ever before and are increasingly concerned about maintaining their health and physical fitness. This program will provide you with a blend of fitness education and business principles in order to effectively serve, motivate, and counsel diverse clients. Whether you want to work for a fitness or recreation facility or start your own business, you'll have the skills and knowledge to change and inspire the lives of others through a strong understanding of physical literacy, physical exercise techniques, proper nutrition, and the mental obstacles individuals may need to overcome to achieve their goals.

Our indoor facilities include fully-equipped weight rooms, a cardio room, a multi-purpose room, squash courts, double gymnasium, and a stretching area. You will also have exclusive access to a state-of-the-art multi-purpose/functional fitness and assessment laboratory to enhance your exercise science knowledge on new and traditional equipment. Outdoor facilities include running track, soccer/football field, baseball diamond, and beach volleyball courts.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • 15-week co-op term after semester four or five
  • 90 hours of volunteer placements throughout the length of the program gives you opportunities to work with healthy, as well as special populations, in diverse settings
  • CSEP-CPT certification content embedded into the curriculum so you can apply for the Gold Standard in exercise science and personal training certifications before graduation
  • OFC certifications are built into curriculum so you can earn internationally recognized certifications through your coursework
  • YMCA collaborative agreement that recognizes your program coursework so you can fast track their fitness certifications

Co-op Work Term/Fieldwork

Students are required to complete a 15-week co-operative work term prior to graduation. The work term provides them with the opportunity to apply classroom studies to an actual work situation, gain extensive practical, on-the-job training, and potentially earn a salary while doing so. Tuition fees are levied for the co-op work term. Although assistance is provided by faculty, it is the students’ responsibility to secure a co-op work term. Students have the option of completing the co-op work term at the end of semester 4 or 5 as long as they meet academic requirements.

Students must also complete approximately 90 hours of volunteer fieldwork as a requirement of courses in first, second, and third year. Placement opportunities may include working with community sports organizations, individuals within specific population groups, personal training clients, and with Active Sudbury's ongoing physical literacy project.

4D Learning Opportunities

Active Sudbury, 2017-2020 – You may help develop and implement sustainable physical literacy programming in various elementary schools in the City of Greater Sudbury. 

Peru trip, 2015 – Students led nutrition and fitness projects for young children in Peru.

Cambodia trip, 2013 – Students traveled to Cambodia to build bikes for underprivileged children.

Personal training on campus – You can put your skills and knowledge to the test as a personal trainer for Cambrian staff, or faculty.

Camping Trip - Third year students participate in a three day camping trip in September.

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How to Apply

Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (C), (U), or (M) or grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 science (C), or (U)


  • Any grade 11 or 12 health and physical education (e.g., PLF4C, PPL40) or exercise science (e.g., PSE4U)

Additional Requirements

This program includes a physical fitness component and requires that students perform cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility exercises. Additional activities include group exercise, team sports, and other various forms of physical activity. Students must, therefore, complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q+) and/or a Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (PARMED-X) and an Informed Consent form. Prospective students with health-related concerns that may affect their participation in the program are encouraged to complete the aforementioned forms before beginning the program and discuss their career goals with the program coordinator.

Additional Information

Field placement agencies and co-op employers may require that First Aid/CPR and a criminal record check be obtained prior to placements or co-op work terms. A criminal record check (CPIC) can be completed by local police departments, and First Aid/CPR certification can be obtained through either St. John's Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross. These requirements can be obtained prior to or during the program. It is highly recommended that students have up-to-date immunizations.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in one of the following terms below. Students have the option of completing the co-op work term at the end of semester 4 or 5 as long as they meet academic requirements:

Fall Term Start (Option 1)

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2023

Fall Term Start (Option 2)

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022
  5. SEMESTER 6 Spring 2022
  6. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2022

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
BIO 1009 Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology I 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
FLM 1004 Fitness I 1
FLM 1101 Mental Training For Exercise 3
FLM 1150 Group Exercise and Wellness 4
FLM 1225 Leisure Leadership 4
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 2
BIO 1007 Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology II 4
ENG 1200 Effective Presentation Skills 3
FLM 1005 Fitness II 1
FLM 1250 Circuit/Resistance Training I 4
FLM 1275 Stress Management 4
FLM 2400 Nutrition 4
Semester 3
ACC 1220 Business Records 3
FLM 2316 Physiology Of Exercise 5
FLM 2350 Resistance Training II 4
FLM 2421 Career Development 2
FLM 3505 Program and Event Management 4
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
FLM 1002 Fitness For Youth 4
FLM 2440 Fitness Appraisal/Training I 4
FLM 3410 Leisure and Recreation Trends 4
FLM 3640 Facilities Management 4
FLM 1006 Ex. For Older Adults 2
MKT 1104 Marketing Essentials 4
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 5
FLM 1003 Team Sports Leadership 4
FLM 2446 Fitness Appraisal/Training II 5
FLM 3400 Sport Injuries & Ex. Therapy 4
FLM 3500 Ex. For Special Populations 4
MKT 3680 Professional Selling 3
Semester 6
FLM 2700 Coop Work Term 12
 Total Credits120


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $150. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Management of public, private, and corporate fitness and health clubs
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Municipal recreation and leisure service organizations
  • Sport and special event coordinators
  • Sports clubs and camps
  • Government-funded health and fitness programs
  • Long-term care recreational facilitator
  • Tourism industry
  • Personal Trainer
  • Wellness consultants
  • Retail fitness and sport stores
  • Entrepreneur

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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