Program at a glance
Area of Study
Sport & Exercise
Co-op / internship
Open to International
Two Years or Four Years
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Prepare to work as a qualified exercise professional
Students in this two-year diploma program study fitness principles, physical fitness training practices, exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, nutrition, health promotion, lifestyle management, stress management, growth and development and behavioural change.
The Centre for Sport & Exercise Education offers innovative programing in the areas of Sport Management, Exercise & Wellness, Kinesiology, Athletic & Exercise Therapy, Massage Therapy and Adventure Leadership. As a Kinesiology student, you will become an integral part of the Centre for Sport & Exercise Education (CSEE).
Is Kinesiology right for you?
The program prepares graduates to design and implement personalized exercise and physical activity programs and lifestyle education programs as personal trainers or other fitness professionals. Areas of study include the physiological, psychological and biomechanical foundations for physical fitness and movement education that also lead to healthy lifestyle behaviours. If you would like to become an advocate for fitness and healthy living, this may be your path to a fulfilling career.
As a Student
Exercise & Wellness is all about being active and learning about how to stay active. Through our applied activity courses, you gain hands on knowledge about different activities like the following:
- Winter Sports
- Resistance training
Graduates of the Diploma in Kinesiology meet the requirements to write the Certified Personal Trainer exam through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).
Diploma graduates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to pursue studies in the areas of sport and fitness leadership, health promotion, exercise physiology and kinesiology. Diploma graduates may choose to continue through to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree program at Camosun or pursue other related studies.
Degree graduates have the knowledge to pursue graduate studies in health promotion, rehabilitation medicine (OT, PT, M.Sc.), exercise physiology and kinesiology.
There are many varied employment opportunities for graduates:
- Fitness instructors
- Group exercise coordinators
- Personal trainers
- Wellness and health promotions specialists
- Facility programmers
No sessions are scheduled at this time.
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Invest in yourself!
Two or four years at Camosun can prepare you for a fulfilling career in the promotion of health and wellness.
Diploma with Internship designation: $8,573
Diploma International: $29,680**
Diploma with Internship designation International: $31,210**
Bachelor's Degree: $17,530
Bachelor's Degree with Internship designation: $18,808
Bachelor's Degree International: $59,360**
Bachelor's Degree with Internship designation International: $62,420
**Tuition is based on 5 academic courses
What to expect
The diploma program consists of Year one and Year two, while the Bachelor's degree program adds a third and fourth year of study.
In year one you will cover the basics of human anatomy, psychology, biomechanics, physiology, fitness health and principles. You'll also gain competency in a variety of activities and sports. In year two you will focus on fitness and health assessment and the design of exercise prescriptions. You'll have the option of doing an internship. By the end of year two, you may graduate with your Diploma and/or continue your studies. You'll be eligible to write the CSEP Certified Personal Trainer exam.
If you choose to continue on into year three, you will look more closely at the workings of the human body and how to adapt fitness programs to accommodate injury and disease. You'll also learn about business and logistical aspects of your upcoming career. In year four you will put your skills into practice through a work experience or internship. You'll continue your studies of human biology, pathology and sport, and come out ready to write the CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist exam and graduate with your Degree.
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A rewarding career
Recreation, sports and fitness service directors in BC earn a median annual salary* of $52,700 depending on employer and seniority.
*2018 Job Bank Wage data
Curriculum & courses
To apply into the first year of the Diploma or Degree programs in Exercise & Wellness, you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.
Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
- C+ in English 12
- C in Camosun Alternative
- C in Math 11
- C in MATH 073
- C in MATH 077
- C in Biology 12
- C in Camosun Alternative
And one of:
- C in Chemistry 11
- C in Camosun Alternative
During the course of the program, you will be required to:
- Students must obtain valid certificates for CPR-BLS (Basic Life Support) and Standard First Aid. This must be completed by the end of the 1st semester in the program to support your participation in activity-based courses.*
- Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.
*Students are responsible for expenses associated with completing these certifications.
Our Teaching Staff
Camosun College is proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.
Program Leader, Exercise and Wellness
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