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Fitness and Health Promotion

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1218
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

This program is designed to train and prepare individuals as qualified fitness and health consultants working within the fitness, health promotion and lifestyle industry. Graduates are equipped with the skills to accurately assess and monitor health and fitness levels to prepare safe and effective programs that meet client needs and interests. As fitness and health promotion professionals, graduates will provide services and programs to a variety of diverse populations such as healthy individuals, children, seniors and those medically compromised. The program offers instruction in the areas of physiology, fitness assessment and exercise prescription, as well as health promotion and lifestyle coaching and behaviour modification, nutrition, injury management, program planning, marketing, leadership, motivation and interpersonal skills. Courses will be offered using online components, as well as theory and hands-on application. Students gain valuable field experience during their on-campus internship and field placement. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain internationally recognized fitness certifications such as Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer from Ontario Fitness Council, Canadian Fitness Professionals and/or Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 68

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Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Fitness and Health Promotion - Program # 1218

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2263.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4183.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Fitness and Health Promotion - Program # 1218


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7332.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14057.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates find employment in such areas as commercial fitness and health facilities, municipal recreation departments, private agencies (for example health consulting firms), senior citizens' centres, and rehabilitation centres or self-employment through personal small business entrepreneurship.

On average, 86% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIT1045 Group Fitness Leadership I: Program Design

Description: This course focuses on applying the principles of group fitness instruction through practical demonstrations that incorporate the professional skills and expectations required of group fitness leaders. Topics include class design, music, cueing and effective leadership as well as safety concepts in relation to group exercise. Students will practice and demonstrate effective group fitness leadership skills by conducting group fitness classes. Completion of this course prepares students to challenge the OFC and Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Certification exam.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL1045 Exercise Science I

Description: This course focuses on anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical concepts as a foundation for fitness and health programming. Students will learn how body systems work independently and collectively in preparation for understanding the body's adaptation to exercise and human movement. Emphasis will be placed on the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL1055 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription I

Description: This course introduces students to the principles of physical fitness, assessment, and exercise prescription. Students will learn the practical skills necessary to conduct introductory client fitness assessments and apply the results to design basic exercise programs. Emphasis will also be placed on a client-centered approach between the practitioner and the client. Topics will include principles of assessment and training, exercise monitoring, correct exercise execution and program design specific to the primary fitness components.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL1095 Introduction to Nutrition

Description: This course focuses on nutrition concepts, guidelines, and recommendations to promote healthy food consumption. Topics will focus on the macro and micronutrients of a healthy diet including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Students will also examine the link between diet and healthy body weight. Throughout the course, application of nutrition concepts for personal health promotion and healthy nutrition habits will be emphasized.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
ENTR1070 Entrepreneurship and Business Practices of Fitness & Health Promotion

Description: This course focuses on fundamental entrepreneurial and small business theory with an emphasis on the fitness and health industry. Students will learn how to develop business plans for a fitness and health venture using business theory and marketing principles. Students will also gain an understanding of the elements that contribute to the success and/or failure of small business within the fitness and health industry.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIT1110 Group Fitness Leadership II

Description: This course extends application of concepts learned in Group Fitness Leadership I with a focus on integrating current trends in group exercise. Students will discuss, practice and perform group fitness principles in relation to a variety of specialized class formats with small group fitness equipment. Application of effective, safe and professional leadership skills for diverse populations will also be emphasized. Students will continue to practice, apply and refine their group leadership skills in preparation to challenge the OFC and/or Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Certification exam.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL1065 Exercise Science II

Description: This course builds on Exercise Science I and continues to develop anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical concepts as a foundation for fitness and health programming. Students will learn how body systems work independently and collectively in preparation for understanding the body's adaptation to exercise and human movement. Emphasis will be placed on digestive, urinary, endocrine, nervous, lymphatic and immune systems. Further, students will examine biomechanics in relation to efficient movement patterns and exercise.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL1075 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription II

Description: Building on Introduction to Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, students will assess client fitness levels using industry standards. Further, students will apply appropriate exercise prescription principles and communication skills (listening, speaking, thinking, and non-verbal) necessary to construct effective exercise programming based on clients' goals, needs and assessment results. Emphasis will be placed on the utilization of the client-centred approach; students will apply coaching tools to motivate clients towards active, healthy lifestyles.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL1085 Lifestyle Psychology and Behaviour Change

Description: This course focuses on the exploration of lifestyle psychology and common characteristics of lifestyle behaviours. Emphasis will be placed on health behaviour change and modification theories. Additionally, specific lifestyle choices will be examined such as: physical activity, healthy eating, and others. Students will also consider the role of behaviour change and its uses in health promotion practices, policies, and programs.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
HEAL2040 Exercise Science III: Adaptations & Pathophysiology

Description: Building on concepts from Exercise Science I & II, students will examine physiological adaptations to physical activity and analyze the impact of inactivity, injury and disease on body systems. Further, students will integrate aspects of qualitative biomechanics for the prescription of safe and efficient exercise programs.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2050 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription For Diverse Populations

Description: This course extends foundational fitness assessment and exercise prescription concepts by applying them to diverse groups of individuals and those who exhibit physiological conditions that impair health and functional ability. Based on a client-centered approach, students will adapt fitness assessment and exercise prescription protocols to meet specific client needs. Emphasis will also be placed upon self-reflection to refine practical skills necessary for effective client inter-personal relationships.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2060 Motivational Interviewing and Coaching

Description: Using behaviour change and modification theory, this course focuses on applying theoretical concepts of motivational interviewing and lifestyle coaching for clients who are ambivalent about making healthy lifestyle choices. Students will practice and develop introductory motivational interviewing skills, as well as focus on developing client change plans.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2070 Health Promotion I

Description: This introductory course in Health Promotion will address the field of health promotion from an individual and population based perspective. Students will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate quality health promotion programs. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing health promotion models, theories, and the stages of the health promotion planning cycle to create an effective evidence-based program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2080 Nutrition for Health Performance

Description: This course will examine the importance of nutrition as applied to health and performance. Topics will focus on the role of macro and micronutrients in relation to physical activity, weight management and training needs for health and performance. Examining reliable nutrition information, nutrition planning for weight management, exercise and disordered eating patterns in the health, fitness and performance industry will also be explored. Throughout the course, practical applications of information are emphasized.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2090 Campus Internship I

Description: Under the guidance of program faculty, Campus Internship I provides students with the opportunity to apply and practice relevant theory and practical skills obtained throughout the program. Fitness and Health Promotion students will develop, implement and evaluate health and wellness programs/services for the College population. Fitness and Health Promotion students may work alongside other students from various disciplines as an inter-professional experience that facilitates peer-to-peer learning across community and health-related fields. Emphasis will be placed on professional practices and self-reflection for personal and professional development.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
HEAL2100 Applied Motivational Interviewing and Coaching

Description: This course builds on the concepts applied in Motivational Interviewing & Coaching. Students will integrate theoretical foundations and motivational interviewing processes for building effective interviewing skills. In addition, students will cultivate their motivational interviewing skills through practice and preparation of client change plans to encourage strong commitment to behaviour change goals.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2110 Applied Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription

Description: This course focuses on the consolidation, application and extension of the concepts learned in Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription I, II, Diverse Populations and Exercise Science I, II and III. To build on this knowledge, students will also examine the role of therapeutic assessment and prescription to broaden their understanding of diverse client population needs. Students will integrate both theory and skills associated with safe and effective assessments and prescription for a variety of populations and clients including those with or without a therapeutic need. Through self-awareness, students will reflect on their experiences with the client-centered approach.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2120 Management and Professional Practices

Description: This course introduces students to the concepts and practices involved in the management and administration of fitness and health facilities. Topics include management and administration principles, program development and marketing, personnel management, health and safety, risk management, and facility maintenance. Concepts and practices that contribute to the success and efficiency of a facility, and positive working relationships are also discussed.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2130 Health Promotion II

Description: In this course, students will be required to extend their learning of the health promotion planning cycle methodology to create effective and evidence-based programs for workplace settings with an emphasis on data and the application of workplace health promotion theory. Students will also reflect on the use of health promotion theory for other potential settings such as schools and specific communities.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2140 Campus Internship II

Description: Campus Internship II builds on student practice and application in Campus Internship I. With support from program faculty, Campus Internship II provides students with additional opportunities to consolidate fitness and health promotion theory and practical skills. Students will develop, implement and evaluate health and wellness programs/services for the College population. Fitness and Health Promotion students may work alongside other students from various disciplines as an inter-professional experience that facilitates peer-to-peer learning across community and health-related fields. Emphasis will be placed on autonomous skill development and practice, as well as appraising personal goals ideal for the professional practice of fitness and health promotion practitioners.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HEAL2150 Field Placement

Description: Field placement provides students with the opportunity to broaden, deepen, and apply skills and understanding of the fitness and health promotion industry. Through a combination of field experience and clinical/practice immersive simulation students will be exposed to the broad range of practice encountered in Fitness and Health Promotion field. This may include practice in facilities providing a variety of fitness, wellness and health promotion services and programs. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to various agency activities that allow the student to consolidate and demonstrate theory, practical skills, professional practice and leadership qualities. Through guided reflections students will examine their field placement experiences and professional development.
Hours: 120
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Doon Closed
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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