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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

People are living longer than ever before and are increasingly concerned about maintaining their health and physical fitness.  With an aging population and increased obesity in the population in general and children in particular, many medical and allied health practitioners are promoting the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. 

This program will provide you with a blend of fitness education and business principles in order to meet the growing demand for fitness coaching and instruction, and leisure programs that emphasize active living.  The program will help you develop 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

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • Field Placement in semester 4

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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 may require that First Aid/CPR and a criminal record check be obtained prior to placements. 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.



This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022

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

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
BIO 1800 Musculoskeletal Foundations 3
FHP 3410 Recreation Trends 4
HEA 1190 Health Promotion and Wellness 3
MKT 1104 Marketing Essentials 4
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
One General Education Course. 1 3
Semester 2
BIO 2121 Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease 3
FHP 1200 Recreation Management 3
FLM 1101 Mental Training for Exercise 3
FHP 2400 Nutrition for Health 3
FHP 1250 Resistance Training 4
FHP 1150 Group Exercise 4
One General Education Course. 1 3
Semester 3
FHP 1300 Lifespan Exercise Programming 4
FHP 1201 Nutrition for Performance 3
FHP 1301 Outdoor Recreation and Fitness 3
FHP 3500 Exercises for Special Populations 3
FHP 2440 Fitness Assessment & Training 3
FHP 2421 Career Development 3
FHP 2316 Exercise Physiology 4
Semester 4
FHP 1402 Fitness Assessment & Training 2 3
HEA 2030 MSK Therapeutic Exercise 4
FHP 1400 Event Management 3
FHP 1403 Field Placement 4
One General Education Course. 1 3
 Total Credits83


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 under review. 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:

  • Fitness and Health Clubs
  • Non-profit and community organizations
  • Public, municipal or institutional fitness and recreation centres
  • Corporate employer fitness facilities
  • Private fitness studios
  • Private personal training and coaching services
  • Franchised fitness program methods
  • Sports specialty training facilities and camps
  • Alternative health clinics
  • Affiliation with allied health practitioners

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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