Fitness and Health Promotion

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Program Code: 9320

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Progress Campus

Email: healthstudies@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

Centennial's Fitness and Health Promotion program is comprised of hands-on practical learning in laboratory and placement settings, and a comprehensive academic grounding that prepares you for a career assisting individuals and groups to reach their highest potential for overall well being.

The Fitness and Health Promotion program, within the School of Community and Health Studies, is a two-year offering that includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness assessment
  • Leadership skills
  • Injury management
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness marketing
  • Health promotion
  • Computer skills
  • Cross cultural awareness
  • Current functional-fitness training principles
  • Mental illness and mental wellness
  • Physical Literacy and Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD)

In addition to this combination of topics, you have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become a certified personal trainer according to the CSEP-CPT and a group exercise leader according to the Ontario Fitness Council requirements, after graduation. You also learn course material related to the canfitpro Personal Training Specialist, and have an opportunity to receive this certificate in the program. Lastly, in the fourth semester, you are prepared to pursue Twist Sport Conditioning Level-1 Sports Performance Coach certification.

It is possible to complete this program in a shorter period of time by attending school during the fall, winter and summer semesters, but you must enrol in Fitness and Health Promotion - Compressed (9330).

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
FTHP-110 Health and Wellness Concepts Progress Campus
FTHP-112 Anatomy/Physiology Progress Campus
FTHP-114 Fitness Assessment 1 Progress Campus
FTHP-117 Group Exercise Leadership 1 Progress Campus
GNED-137 A Wellness Approach to Stress Management Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
FTHP-210 Leadership, Counseling, Communications Progress Campus
FTHP-212 Exercise Physiology Progress Campus
FTHP-214 Personal Training 1 Progress Campus
FTHP-216 Injury Assessment and Management Progress Campus
FTHP-218 Biomechanics Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
FTHP-310 Fitness Marketing/Enterpreneurship Progress Campus
FTHP-312 Personal Training 2 Progress Campus
FTHP-314 Fitness Assessment 2 Progress Campus
FTHP-316 Group Exercise Leadership 1 Progress Campus
FTHP-317 Health Promotion Across Cultures/Lifespan Progress Campus
FTHP-318 Nutrition Progress Campus
FTHP-320 On Campus Field Placement Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
FTHP-410 Fitness and Wellness Program Management Progress Campus
FTHP-412 Health Promotion and Behaviour Change Progress Campus
FTHP-414 Exercise Prescription Progress Campus
FTHP-416 Group Exercise Leadership 2 Progress Campus
FTHP-420 Industry Field Placement Progress Campus

Program Highlights

  • At Centennial College's Athletic and Wellness Centre, located at Progress Campus, you have hands-on learning opportunities.
  • To facilitate ongoing feedback and progress, labs consist of small group sizes.
  • Interprofessional student liaisons are part of your learning as you assist your fellow peers (for example, Police Foundations, Pre-service Fire and Paramedic students) in the attainment of their fitness assessment goals.
  • Expert faculty members nurture your knowledge and skills development, and provide access to cutting edge fitness concepts.
  • The Fitness and Health Promotion program has forged industry partnerships that allow for beneficial supervised field placement opportunities in the fitness industry.
  • Annually, the Fitness and Health Promotion program coordinator attends the annual Ontario Fitness and Health Promotion Coordinators' Meeting at which health and fitness experts discuss a variety of topics including program changes, textbooks and resources, certifications, career paths, Ministry of Education guidelines and changes, and more. The purpose is to ensure you receive the highest quality of education.

Once you complete the Fitness and Health Promotion program, you will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess the fitness level, health issues and overall well-being of individual clients based on various assessment tools and strategies
  • Apply effective practices to the design, implementation and management of fitness and lifestyle programs and events for individual clients intended to meet health, fitness and lifestyle goals
  • Communicate effectively with clients, both orally and in writing, for the purposes of individual fitness counselling, workshop presentations, group facilitation
  • Work with clients in their adoption of recommended health and fitness strategies aimed at meeting personal fitness goals, improving health status, and enhancing general well-being
  • Analyze current research trends and issues relevant to the fitness and wellness fields to make informed recommendations of health and fitness strategies/programs for individuals and groups
  • Provide comprehensive training and evaluation of fitness and wellness programs to enable individual clients and groups to reach and maintain optimal well-being
  • Collaborate and partner with various groups, organizations and networks within the community to support fitness and health promotion activities and initiatives
  • Assist in the development of business plans for health and fitness programs, activities and facilities
  • Maintain personal goals and strategies for ongoing professional development and growth including working within the legal and ethical standards of the fitness profession
  • Develop and implement risk management strategies for health and fitness programs, activities and facilities
  • Apply effective leadership skills to work interprofessionally with individual clients, groups, and staff in health and wellness fitness programs activities
  • Develop fitness, health and wellness programs to meet the needs and goals for diverse populations

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • University of Guelph-Humber, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
  • University of the West of England, England

Educational Partners

If you would like the continue your studies once you graduate from the Fitness and Health Promotion program, you may do so through affiliations such as:

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology: You will be eligible for a block-credit transfer allowing Bachelor of Health Science Honours - Kinesiology degree completion in three years
  • University of Guelph at Humber: You will be required to meet admission requirements including minimum GPA requirements for admission into this program. You would complete a summer bridge semester then enter Year 3 of this four-year program and complete two years of studies to receive an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science - Kinesiology
  • Hartpury College: Affiliated with University of the West of England, Hartpury will grant you direct admission to earn a Honours Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies degree in just one year of studies

Investigate transfer pathways to University of Guelph at Humber, and other universities in Ontario by visiting www.oncat.ca/

Professional Associations

As a graduate, you will be able to earn nationally recognized certifications that will further enhance your employability. For more information, visit:

Career Outlook

  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports conditioning coach
  • Fitness consultant
  • Wellness/fitness program developer
  • Health and wellness entrepreneur
  • Fitness entrepreneur

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • One Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science) Grade 11 or 12, C or U (minimum grade requirement) or take a Centennial College Science Skills Assessment for Admission

1. Apply Online

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $962.00 $3,729.00
International $12,400.00 $2,157.00 $14,557.00