Fitness & Health Promotion | St. Clair College
Program Code: H879
Status: Open
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Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September

Temporary Delivery Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Winter 2021 Program/Course Delivery

Deborah Ivey
519-972-2727 ext. 4667

Program Overview

This program will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience required for careers as health and fitness professionals.

The Fitness and Health Promotion diploma program allows you to be at the leading edge of the healthy revolution as you learn from expert, industry-connected faculty. Skills learned go far beyond the fundamentals of exercise to include anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, business administration and marketing, nutrition, injury management, special events planning and more. Graduates will have the skills to identify needs in the community and design programs for individuals and groups meeting a wide range of objectives and goals. Knowledge in program administration and business practices, an awareness of community resources, and the ability to communicate effectively with managers, boards, committees, and funding agencies will make the graduate highly marketable.

Additional areas of skills in operation/management of fitness facilities, program administration and promotion, fitness testing procedures, planning/conducting of physical exercise programs, and development of leadership ability and performance will prove to be assets when seeking employment as a fitness professional.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates will be qualified to write the OFC Group Fitness and Resistance Trainer and Personal Trainer exams to become a Platinum Fitness Practitioner OFC- RHEP.

  • Over 300 hours of work placement included in the program which will connect students with our community partners in the fitness industry.

Career Opportunities

Employment can be found in the retail fitness industry in a variety of settings including fitness and health clubs, YMCA/YWCA, corporate recreation and fitness programs, and public and private fitness programs. Graduates may also find employment with community institutions for special populations and municipal recreation departments. Graduates may choose to become consultants or business entrepreneurs. They are prepared to meet the multi-dimensional demands of a growing market in fitness and health promotion.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College(C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U

Senior level Biology is strongly recommended.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Field/Clinical Placements

Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. If you are unable to obtain this police clearance by mid-September, you jeopardize the opportunity to complete either of your field placements.

Placements may be on day, afternoon, or weekend shifts anywhere within Windsor-Essex. Students are required to provide their own transportation to the field placement site. The College is not able to guarantee placements on a bus route.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Structure & Function Of The Human Body
Nutrition Of Wellbeing
Group Fitness Leadership I
Wellness & Healthy Living
Foundations Of Exercise Training
Choose 1 Elective Course
Computer Tools For Fitness Professionals
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Physical Activity In Special Populations
Fitness Assessment I
Foundations Of Exercise Program Design
Fitness Business Essentials
Choose 1 Elective Course
Professional Practice
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Exercise Anatomy & Physiology
Group Fitness Leadership II
Awareness Through Exercise I
Choose 1 Elective Course
Exercise Prescription
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
Awareness Through Exercise II
Adapted Fitness Programming
Field Placement
Fitness Assessment II

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Fitness and Health Promotion (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 52209)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess lifestyle, well-being, and fitness of clients through standard manual and/or mechanized testing protocols.
  2. Apply fundamentals of physiology, anatomy, bio-mechanics and nutrition in the development and design of client-appropriate physical activity, fitness, active living, and lifestyle programs.
  3. Utilize appropriate interviewing and counselling skills to promote or enhance health, fitness, active living, and well-being of clients.
  4. Collaborate with individuals in the selection and adoption of strategies that will enable them to take control of and improve upon their health, fitness, and overall well-being.
  5. Promote healthy living and safe training through the teaching and instruction of correct techniques, physical activities, execution of exercises, training and fitness instruction, for diverse client groups and, in a variety of environments.
  6. Contribute to community health promotion strategies.
  7. Assist in the development of business plans for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.
  8. Implement strategies and plans for ongoing personal and professional growth and development.
  9. Develop and implement risk management strategies for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.
  10. Interact effectively with clients, staff, and volunteers in health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.

Effective Fall 2021

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Conduct an assessment of the physical fitness, activity level and lifestyle of the client using standardized protocols, to build an individualized exercise program.
  2. Develop, implement and evaluate safe training programs grounded in fundamentals of anatomy, bio-mechanics, cardiorespiratory physiology, and nutrition to support the fitness and wellness goals of clients.
  3. Instruct individual clients and groups in the correct techniques for executing fitness and training programs to achieve results that meet their goals for fitness, active living, and wellness.
  4. Select and apply interview tools and coaching strategies that will enable clients and groups improve their fitness, and wellness in sustainable ways.
  5. Develop business plans for a fitness and/or training business organization to ensure sustainability and viability while mitigating risks.
  6. Support community health promotion strategies for active healthy living in the general population.
  7. Establish and maintain positive working relationships with clients, staff, allied health professionals and volunteers in the delivery of programs, activities, and the use of facilities.
  8. Provide positive reinforcement to empower clients and help them sustain their efforts.
  9. Develop plans and implement strategies for ongoing professional growth and development.
  10. Communicate information persuasively and accurately in oral, written, and other media formats.