Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

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 living an active and healthy lifestyle. 

This program will provide you with a blend of fitness education and health promotion principles to meet the growing demand for professionals who are qualified to deliver programs that emphasize healthy, 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 outdoors and learn what northern Ontario has to offer through experiential field trips that blend leadership skills training with healthy active living!

Our indoor facilities include fully-equipped weight rooms, a cardio room, 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 in order to enhance your exercise science knowledge of new, as well as traditional equipment. Outdoor facilities include a 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 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 highly recommended that students have up-to-date immunizations as most placement sites for this program require proof of immunization and booster shots for COVID-19.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025

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

Program of Study for 2023-24 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
BIO 1800 Musculoskeletal Foundations 3
HEA 1190 Health Promotion and Wellness 3
FHP 1150 Group Exercise 4
FLM 1101 Mental Training for Exercise 3
MKT 1104 Marketing Essentials 4
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
Semester 2
BIO 2121 Anatomy Physiology and Disease 3
FHP 1200 Recreation Management 3
FHP 2400 Nutrition for Health 3
FHP 1250 Resistance Training 4
FHP 3410 Recreation Trends 4
Two General Education Courses. 1 6
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 II 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

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


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

Most textbooks in this program are specially created, no-cost, open-access resources. Total for textbooks is estimated to be under $200 over the course of the entire program.

Supplies for this program are approximately $200 and based on the purchase of an FPRO uniform shirt and a good pair of indoor training shoes. It is expected that students will have other clothing appropriate for being in a gym environment. 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, retirement homes, 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.

Fitness and Health Promotion diploma graduates will receive advanced standing to enter Laurentian University's School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. This will allow students to complete their Bachelors of Physical Health Education degree in Kinesiology or Health Promotion in two years!

Fitness and Health Promotion also has pathways with Universities across the province and across the ocean! 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.