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Fitness and Health Promotion

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0442 | Open for International Students
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Overview

Do you have an interest in fitness and health, or helping others reach their fitness and health goals? If so, this program is for you!

Join our team to become a leader in the field of fitness and health promotion – an industry that is growing rapidly and offers a wide range of career opportunities.

This two-year curriculum includes courses in exercise science, fitness, health promotion, business management, and human relations as well as personal and professional development. Several of the courses will be delivered in the Student Health & Athletic Centre on the Kingston Campus, which provides a state-of-the-art training facility. Students will have the opportunity to obtain additional certifications including the nationally recognized Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness and Spin certifications through Ontario Fitness Council (OFC).

Graduates will offer prospective employ­ers 400 hours of practical experience in the workforce gained from two 5-week work placements in areas of health promotion, inclusive fitness, injury prevention and management, fitness assess­ment and/or personal training and occupa­tional health and corporate wellness.

This program meets the standards of a Fitness and Health Promotion Program according to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Program Details

Code 0442
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 2 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Highlights

State of the Art Facilities

Fitness and Health Promotion students have their own fitness lab, a new gymnasium and fitness center. Students also benefit from small lab sizes, where they will receive hands on experience conducting assessments and personal training a minimum of three clients over the two years, leading group fitness classes and creating and facilitating sessions of young athletes, following the Long Term Athlete Development guidelines.

Program Outline

2021-2022

Entering a new environment presents challenges as we transition to a new set of values and expectations within a new organizational culture. This course is designed to examine the process of adjustment and to equip students with strategies for making successful transitions.

In this course, students gain practical experience required to plan and instruct a safe and effective group exercise class. Topics include phrasing and cueing music, leadership and motivational techniques, components of a fitness class, and monitoring proper exercise technique. Students will have the opportunity to obtain a group fitness certification through Ontario Fitness Council. Students also learn how to develop a lesson plan and facilitate a physical activity class. The students gain valuable practical experience implementing the lesson plan by running a safe and effective class which includes facilitating transition activities, games of low organization, modifying activities, and risk management strategies.

In this course, students identify what is new and unique to health promotion within community, national, and international organizations. This course introduces Health Promotion (HP) concepts, theories, and resources. In addition, this course provides students with knowledge pertaining to various areas of health promotion that are specific to the college student population. In a group, students design, plan, and deliver a health promotion initiative by applying health promotion programming principles and strategies.

This course prepares students for field placement and introduces a variety of career paths within the fitness and health promotion industry. Students examine the job market, learn effective job searching strategies, and create a personal career plan related to their professional goals. Topics explored include: field placement process and requirements, career exploration, resume and cover letter design, interviewing skills and preparing a portfolio. Through presentations from placement agencies and employers, students gain an understanding of industry expectations, including the importance of professional integrity.

In this course students enhance their knowledge of the body’s acute and chronic adaptations to exercise. Students learn the relationship between the human body and health and exercise, and how the body adapts to various environmental conditions such as high altitude, underwater, heat, and cold. Students augment their understanding of scientific training principles as well as their understanding of the actions and functions of the major muscles.

In this course, students learn about a variety of populations including the aging population, obesity, pregnancy and individuals with special needs. Students learn how to design and implement fitness, health and exercise programs to meet the needs of these various groups and examine the positive effects of physical activity.

In this course, students assess the physical fitness and lifestyle habits of the client to design and prescribe appropriate fitness and lifestyle programs. Students learn laboratory and field to develop skills and practice techniques to evaluate health and fitness. Students practice assessing the components of physical fitness such as the ability to monitor heart rate and blood pressure, assess anthropometrics, functional movement screening, and conduct cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness assessments. Assessment results are used in developing individualized exercise prescriptions.

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In this course, students learn the daily administrative practices and procedures used to govern a variety of operations in sport and recreation facilities.  This course covers topics that help prepare the student for facility and event management. Topics include policies and procedures, customer service, accessibility, programming, memberships and special events, human resources, risk management, maintenance, running committees, marketing, and finance.

In this course students apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours they have developed in the classroom to meet the professional standards of the work environment. Students broaden their understanding of the fitness and health field and explore potential career paths through the completion of a 200-hour placement in a range of practice areas including personal training, municipal recreation, military fitness, long-term care, rehabilitation, community health promotion, coaching, education and others. Leading up to the placement, students attend a weekly seminar class that will assist with selecting and preparing for field placement.

In this course students focus on the role and responsibility of the fitness professional in the prevention, recognition, and management of various fitness and sports related injuries. Students gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the management of acute and chronic injuries that occur as a result of exercise, recreation, competition, or other forms of physical activity.

In this course, students learn a number of complementary health care approaches that have become popular in the fitness and wellness industry. Students gain an understanding of scope of practice, regulatory frameworks, and how to facilitate a client referral. This course includes guest presentations and demonstrations of some of the following health care approaches: massage therapy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, athletic therapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, orthotic therapy, holistic nutrition and others.

This course provides students with a practical opportunity to prepare a basic business plan. Topics include idea generation, concept development, feasibility, marketing, operations, and financing. Students utilize Microsoft Excel to develop financial documents related to starting and operating a new business. The course provides students with an opportunity to analyze future scenarios, understand financial and funding related issues, identify and minimize risks, and use the business plan as a communication device. An emphasis will be placed on creating an online business to prepare students for the rapidly expanding opportunities in this area.

In this course, students gain practical experience and develop knowledge to effectively create safe individualized exercise programs for clients based on health background and activity level. The students will learn through experience and personal training community members on a weekly basis. This course includes the mechanics of movement, correcting exercise form, applying the principles of training and program design for cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, mobility and flexibility.

Students explore the topics of coaching and leadership as they relate to organizations and sports teams. By creating and managing practices and games, the fundamentals of coaching will be examined at both a recreational and competitive level. The course will cover a range of topics that will include; the roles and responsibilities of a coach, athlete motor development, Long Term Athlete Development Framework, preparation and planning, risk management, working with diverse age groups and skill levels, communication and group management. Students have the opportunity to obtain coaching certifications through the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program.

In this course students apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours they have developed in the classroom to meet the professional standards of the work environment. Students broaden their understanding of the fitness and health field and explore potential career paths through the completion of a 200-hour placement in a range of practice areas including personal training, municipal recreation, military fitness, long-term care, rehabilitation, community health promotion, coaching, education and others. Leading up to the placement, students attend a weekly seminar class that will assist with selecting and preparing for field placement.

As an extension to FAHP 3100, in this course students apply knowledge and skills to safely and effectively deliver basic therapeutic exercises for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Topics will include warm-up and flexibility exercises, core stabilization, proprioception training, injury-specific strengthening, cardiovascular and resistance training considerations for the injured athlete, athletic footwear prescription, therapeutic bracing, and gait and running assessment. In addition, students learn appropriate communication with health care professionals.

This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of marketing and their importance in operating a successful business. Students create a marketing plan and learn how to build relationships with customers. Students learn the strategic marketing planning process, along with the specific concepts and principles involved in the four key components of the marketing plan - product, price, place, and promotion. Students develop a social media presence as a launching point for marketing success and work with various Microsoft Office applications to enhance the overall value of their marketing plan and presentation.

In this course, students learn in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge to design advanced personal and group conditioning programs. Topics include; warm-up and flexibility, speed, agility, strength and cardiovascular conditioning, plyometric training, sport-specific training and program design. Students learn how to dissect functional movement patterns and effectively deliver complex exercises through the use of various training models.

In this course students focus on developing critical thinking and reasoning patterns to effectively express viewpoints and to enable effective decision making. The teaching of critical thinking and logic focuses on formulating judgments in problematic situations which can challenge individuals with uncertainty. By examining ‘real life’ case studies and scenarios, students learn the formal process of critical thinking and how to “weigh and consider” as well as utilize various problem-solving strategies.

This course prepares students to work with clients with complex health conditions. Students will learn about musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and neurological conditions and become familiar with current clinical practice guidelines in these areas. Students will gain an understanding of their role in assisting clients with complex conditions to reach their fitness and wellness goals.

Requirements

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level, or PSK4U

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Recommended Background

  • Any grade 11 or 12 Health and Physical Education courses
  • Students should have basic computer skills which include the ability to use Internet Explorer, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. 

Health Requirements

  • CPR (Basic Rescuer Level C) and Standard First Aid. CPR recertification required yearly.
  • Students are required to cover the cost of additional requirements. All of the above requirements must be complete before the student can begin any volunteer hours or placements.

Fees

2021-2022

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,184.25 CAD
Total
$3,905.61 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$15,050.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,886.66 CAD
Total
$16,936.66 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Kingston

Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

New Gym
Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

  • Personal Trainer
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Corporate Wellness Consultant
  • Health Promoter (Health Unit)
  • Military Fitness Instructor
  • Municipal or Community Recreation Staff
  • Senior’s Fitness Programmer
  • Health Club Manager or owner
  • Cruise-Ship Fitness & Recreation Leader
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Sports Coach

Testimonials

Success Stories

"Dr. Kratky’s education started in Kingston at St. Lawrence College where he completed the Fitness and Health Promotion diploma. He is a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. He completed his Doctor of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has won numerous awards at every level of his education. "
Dr. Tom Kratky
" He attended St. Lawrence College in Kingston and received his Fitness and Health Promotion diploma. At the age of 26 he opened up The Fitness Lab’s first location in Manotick, Ontario. Fast forward 4.5 years later there are now 3 locations in the Ottawa area and looking to expand to a 4th in the near future."
Adam Bracken

Placement

Students get hands-on experience as a fitness professional through two 200 hour placements in second year. Here are just a few of the locations that have worked with the Fitness and Health Promotion program to provide work placements for students:

  • Fitness Clubs
  • Specialty Studios
  • Schools
  • Military Fitness
  • Municipal Recreation Facilities
  • Health Units
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Athletic Therapy
  • Wellness Spas
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Universities
  • Nutrition Centres
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Retirement Residences
  • Inclusive Populations

WSIB Coverage:

Students from health sciences program on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board(WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

To be eligible:

  • A student must be currently registered in the program;
  • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
  • The student must not be paid for the placement.

Student Placement Facilitator Support

Confirmation of Placement (external placement)

Complete SLC Placement requirements

  • 6 Training Modules
  • Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
  • Student Covid 19 Waiver
  • First Aid & CPR

Questions:

placements@sl.on.ca

Website: www.placementatslc.ca

Other Information

WSIB Coverage:

Students from health sciences program on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board(WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

To be eligible:

  • A student must be currently registered in the program;
  • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
  • The student must not be paid for the placement.

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Sarah Pardy
spardy@sl.on.ca
613.544.5400, ext. 1457

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
ask@sl.on.ca  

1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact
international@sl.on.ca

+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514

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