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Fitness and Health Promotion

FPROSchool of Health Sciences

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates.

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Martin Dubuc

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6243
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Program Overview

Gear up to meet the growing demand for health and wellness professionals

Channel your passion for fitness, health, and wellness into a rewarding career with our hands-on program that covers many aspects of fitness and health promotion. You’ll become equipped with the knowledge and skills to create and lead fun and effective programs for people of all ages and abilities through courses in physical literacy, fitness assessment, nutrition, outdoor recreation, and recreation management. You’ll also participate in activities in a private multipurpose fitness and health promotion laboratory space. Here, you’ll hone your skills to inspire and transform lives, and in turn, you will ignite a desire for health and fitness in others! 

Program Highlights

Program highlights 

  • Gain invaluable hands-on experience with a 175-hour placement in your final semester 
  • Benefit from a blend of fitness education and health promotion principles 
  • Learn what Northern Ontario has to offer with experiential outdoor field trips that blend learning with excitement 
  • Gain access on campus to fully-equipped weight and cardio rooms, squash courts, double gymnasium, stretching area, outdoor running track, football field, baseball diamond, and beach volleyball courts 
  • Gain additional certifications from Sport for Life, HighFive, Ontario Fitness Council, and the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology  


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) or or grade 12 introductory kinesiology (U) or exercise science (U)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admissions requirement

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 Get Active Questionnaire (GAQ) and an Informed Consent form. Prospective students with health-related concerns that may affect their ability to participate in physical activities are encouraged to consult with their doctor before beginning the program and contact the program coordinator to discuss potential assignment modifications as required.


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

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.

Placement requirements

Students complete a mandatory unpaid work placement in the final semester of the program.  Some placement settings may require medical or non-medical clearance.

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
FHP 1150Group Exercise4
HEA 1190Health Promotion and Wellness3
MKT 1104Marketing Essentials4
FLM 1101Mental Training for Exercise3
BIO 1800Musculoskeletal Foundations3
ENG 1121Research & Writing/Health Sciences3
Semester 2
BIO 2121Anatomy Physiology and Disease3
FHP 2400Nutrition for Health3
FHP 1200Recreation Management3
FHP 3410Recreation Trends4
FHP 1250Resistance Training4
Two General Education Courses. 16
Semester 3
FHP 2421Career Development3
FHP 2316Exercise Physiology4
FHP 3500Exercise for Special Populations3
FHP 2440Fitness Assessment Training I3
FHP 1300Lifespan Exercise Programming4
FHP 1201Nutrition for Performance3
FHP 1301Outdoor Recreation and Fitness3
Semester 4
FHP 1400Event Management3
FHP 1403Field Placement4
FHP 1402Fitness Assessment Training II3
HEA 2030MSK Therapeutic Exercise4
One General Education Course. 13
 Total Credits83

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$3,996.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

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 and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Health Sciences

Cambrian offers a rich assortment of gratifying careers that focus on supporting health and improving well-being. Our on-campus dental and massage clinics provide opportunities for real-world experiences with the local community. Our MRI, medical lab, radiation technologist, and health analytics programs equip you with in-demand skills. From our state-of-the-art fitness lab to occupational and physiotherapy support training, there’s a program to transform your helpful nature into a career.

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Specific program pathway

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!

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for employment opportunities as:

  • Athlete development coaches
  • Fitness coordinators and consultants
  • Group exercise instructors
  • Health and fitness assessors
  • Health promotion consultants
  • Personal trainers
  • Program directors or managers
  • Sport or fitness retail sales consultants
  • Sport, recreation, or fitness 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!

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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