Kinesiology, Diploma

The science of human movement and performance

Program at a glance

Credential

Diploma

Area of Study

Sport & Exercise

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

Work experience

Co-op / internship

Open to International

Yes

Length

Two Years or Four Years

At a glance image

Students with medicine balls and kettle bells standing in front of PISE

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.

Three students working out

At Camosun

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

Activity Courses

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
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Backpacking/hiking
  • Resistance training
  • Yoga

After Graduation

Certifications

Graduates of the Diploma in Kinesiology meet the requirements to write the Certified Personal Trainer exam through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).  

Further Study

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.

Employment Opportunities

There are many varied employment opportunities for graduates:

  • Fitness instructors
  • Group exercise coordinators
  • Personal trainers
  • Wellness and health promotions specialists
  • Facility programmers

Information Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at this time.

Stay tuned!

The Centre for Sport & Exercise Education Information Sessions are a great way to learn more about a program and to get your questions answered by faculty and staff.

For more information please contact: sported@camosun.ca.

Invest in yourself!

Two or four years at Camosun can prepare you for a fulfilling career in the promotion of health and wellness.

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Estimated Tuition

Diploma: $7,934
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.

 

Still in high school?

We have dual-credit courses available here at Camosun through South Island Partnership.

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

Admission Requirements

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.

One of: 

  • C+ in English 12 
  • C in Camosun Alternative 

One of: 

  • C in Math 11 
  • C in MATH 073 
  • C in MATH 077 

One of: 

  • C in Biology 12 
  • C in Camosun Alternative 

And one of:

  • C in Chemistry 11
  • C in Camosun Alternative 

Participation Requirements

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.

Faculty/staff profile

Gord Inglis

Gord Inglis

Department Chair

MSc. - Physical Education - Washington State University B. Business Administration - University of Idaho Areas of instructional expertise: Biomech ... Read more

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Kristal Anderson bio

Kristal Anderson

Program Leader, Exercise and Wellness

Areas of Expertise Children and youth; lifestyle behaviours; body composition; physical activity; behaviour modification Education Ph ... Read more

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Dr. Tanis Farish

Instructor

Instructor: Mental Health and Human Behaviour, Mobility and Movement Sciences, Health Promotion and Research Methods. “We are made to move!” ... Read more

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Graham Frost Instructional Assistant, Exercise & Wellness

Graham Frost

Instructional Assistant

B. Kinesiology – Acadia University B. Secondary Physical Education- Acadia University M. Ed Post-Secondary Curriculum & Instruction–Simon Fras ... Read more

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Dustin Moore Instructional Assistant, Exercise & Wellness

Dustin Moore

Instructional Assistant

Areas of Expertise Strength & Conditioning Education MSc Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning), Edith Cowan University ... Read more

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Thalia Moore

Instructor

Masters of Science in Kinesiology (University of Victoria) Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition (Acadia University) Certified Exercise Physiolog ... Read more

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Alyssa O'Connor Instructor, Exercise & Wellness

Alyssa O'Connor

Instructor

Areas of Expertise Health Promotion; Chronic Disease Management; Lifestyle Medicine & Behaviour Change; Personal Training & Exercise Pre ... Read more

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Kerry Wadsworth

Instructor

Education BA Human Performance (UVIC) MA Leisure Services Administration (UVIC) Run Jump Throw Instructor Trainer YM-YWCA Certified SPIN I ... Read more

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Tony Webster Instructor, Exercise & Wellness

Tony Webster

Instructor

Instructor for courses related to exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and exercise and health. PhD in Exercise Physiology, University of ... Read more
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Learn more

Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

Contact information

Centre for Sport and Exercise Education

We want to hear from you!

Campus location

Campus location
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

About Interurban Campus

250-370-4700

sported@camosun.ca