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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. Considering Canada's aging demographic and increases in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the general population, 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 health promotion principles in order to meet the growing demand for health professionals that are qualified to deliver programs that emphasize active living. The program will help you develop the skills and knowledge to change and inspire the lives of others through courses that focus on health promotion, individual and group exercise programming, nutrition, fitness assessment, and recreation management. 

Students will have the opportunity to obtain certifications in the field of health and fitness:

  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT) designation,
  • Fitness certifications with the Ontario Fitness Council,
  • Specialty certifications with Sport for Life, High Five, and the National Coaching Certification Program. 

This program is the only Fitness and Health Promotion program in Ontario with an outdoor recreation course. Enjoy being active in the outdoors and what northern Ontario has to offer through camping trips and more!

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, outdoor recreation, 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 ability to participate in physical activities are encouraged to complete the aforementioned forms before beginning the program and contact the program coordinator to discuss potential assignment modifications as required.

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. It is highly recommended that these requirements be obtained prior to beginning the program, but they can be obtained during the program as well. It is also 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 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023

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

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

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 1150 Group Exercise 4
FHP 1250 Resistance Training 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 Exercise 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 will be prepared for employment opportunities as:

  • Athlete development coaches
  • Group exercise instructors
  • Health and fitness assessors
  • Health coaches
  • Personal trainers
  • Program directors or managers
  • Recreation or fitness programmers
  • Sport or fitness retail sales consultants

There are a range of career options in private, public, and corporate health centres. Health and fitness professionals can be found working in municipal and community-based organizations, allied health care, long-term care, resorts/hotels, parks and recreation, sports specialty camps, and more!

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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