Is staying fit and healthy important to you? Learn to train others through our health and fitness program - 2020/2021

As a student in our health and fitness program, you’ll study exercise science courses in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, principles of fitness, training with weights, exercise physiology, athletic injuries, and personal training. Additionally, you’ll experience a variety of health and fitness courses to help you learn the valuable business skills that you’ll need to start a successful career in fitness club management, or how to manage a club of your own. Our health and fitness program provides great hands-on, practical experience at Fanshawe’s on-site fitness centre. You’ll also get two extensive on-site work experiences at one of the employers or community partners of the program.

After graduation:

After you graduate from our health and fitness program, you can find employment with existing commercial and non-for-profit fitness agencies, rehabilitation services, government oriented fitness programs, agencies serving youth, and many others.

If you’re interested in furthering your studies, the health and fitness course will also give you a great foundation to pursue a degree in kinesiology or nutrition.

There are also several articulations in place that give you a head-start on a university degree or a second college diploma!

One of the transfer agreements is with Hartpury College in Gloucester, England. This opportunity will enable Fanshawe College Fitness and Health Promotion graduates to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Studies in just one year of studies after graduating from Fanshawe College.


Learn more about the Hartpury College transfer agreement.


With its combination of applied business skills, exercise science courses, and career development, Fanshawe's Fitness and Health promotion program will help you share your passion for healthy and fit living with others.


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Lilia Pasqual
Fitness and Health Promotion graduate

"Taking Fitness and Health Promotion at Fanshawe gave me the confidence and the qualification to begin a career in the health industry as soon as I graduated. The faculty are very invested in the success of the students and the combination of lecture and lab allows ample collaboration with both peers and professors. Many of the professors are currently active in the industry and provide unique and valuable insights into the current trends. I successfully challenged my CSEP-CPT after graduating and was accepted to the University of Guelph-Humber Kinesiology Bridge program. I am currently a part-time personal trainer while completing my degree. The knowledge and the connections I gained at Fanshawe have been assets every step of the way."


Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U) OR Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U) 
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
- Communications
- Biology 
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate AND:
- minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
- The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U) OR Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)
  (Note: minimum final grade required is 65)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 60 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 50 in listening
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 Healthy Active Living Education (O)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • In the Fitness and Health Promotion program, students will engage in science based courses (i.e., Physiology) and courses that involve Math (i.e., calculating a client�s aerobic fitness).
  • Students should be prepared to develop their communication skills (e.g., written communication and face-to-face communication with clients), to work independently, and to work as a part of a team.
  • Throughout the program, students will be involved in several practical assessments that demand rehearsal of their experiential skills outside of class time. The C1047 fitness teaching laboratory space is supervised and available to students for additional practice time.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the Fanshawe College General Arts and Science program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Fitness and Health Promotion program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College General Arts and Science program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Fitness and Health Promotion program.  The General Arts and Science program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Fitness and Health Promotion program.

Post-Admission Requirements

After completing the first year of the program, students will need to complete the following as preparation for second year community experiential placements. Please refer to for more information about preparing for placement.

    •     Standard First Aid and CPR
    •     Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening


Fitness and Health Promotion-2020/2021

Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
EDUC-1097Student Success1
Students will be introduced to concepts of professionalism in the learning environment and in the Fitness and Health Promotion industry. In addition, students will discover their learning styles, develop academic goals, and learn the skills necessary to succeed in College; specifically, the Fanshawe Online Learning (FOL) System, time management, test taking skills, study techniques, and how to effectively work in a group.
MATH-1214Math for Fitness Professionals2.5
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary mathematical skills for solving problems in the Fitness and Health Promotion Field. The course will be specific for students in the Fitness & Health Promotion Program and will include various operations to assist in training clients.
PHRE-1045Resistance Training3.1
This course focuses on the principles and techniques of training with weights. The theory, safety issues and appropriate training progressions for initiating weight training programs will be emphasized. Students are prepared to instruct and supervise clients in the proper performance of common weight training exercises. This course also provides a personal experience in strength training.
ANAT-1042Anatomy & Physiology3
This course emphasizes motion and movement in the body by studying the muscular and skeletal system. Students will also learn the structure and function of other systems, mainly the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
ANAT-1041Functional Anatomy2
This course emphasizes motion and movement in the body by studying the muscular and skeletal system in a lab environment.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
EDUC-1101Coaching & Group Dynamics3
This course emphasizes the development of leadership, communication, and coaching skills relevant to the fitness and health environment. Classes and assignments are designed to give students an opportunity to practice interpersonal and group interactive skills.
PHRE-3054Physiology of Exercise3
Incorporating a blend of lecture and case studies, students will explore the impact of exercise on aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the impact of training on cardiorespiratory fitness.
COMM-3067Professional Communications3
This course develops written and oral communication skills for students in both human services and health sciences fields. Students demonstrate the ability to write multiple examples of workplace materials. Focus is placed on research and academic writing, career development, professionalism in the students' field, and communication strategies to deal effectively with different demographics. By preparing promotional materials to market themselves in their specific field, researching and documenting current issues, and delivering short presentations to their peer group, students gain skills in effective workplace communication.
This course provides an introduction to the science of nutrition with particular emphasis on the basic nutrients, their sources and contribution to the normal physiology of the body. Nutritional concepts related to healthful diets, metabolism, and weight management will also be covered.
SOCI-3028Social Diversity in Canada3
This course guides students through a sociological analysis of multiculturalism and plurality in Canadian society. Topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class will be studied, with an emphasis on equality and the individual's right to live in an inclusive society. Balancing historical and contemporary perspectives, this course aims to provide students with a sociological context for understanding the complexities of Canadian society.
PHRE-3055Cardiovascular Training2
This course focuses on the principles and techniques of cardiovascular training. The theory, safety issues and appropriate training progressions for initiating aerobic training programs will be emphasized. Students are prepared to assess aerobic fitness and prescribe appropriate training programs for various clients. This course also provides a personal experience in cardiovascular training.
PHRE-3042Group Exercise1
This course provides students with experiential learning of group exercise leadership. Students will practice program planning, choreography, music selection, and class design in a variety of group exercise domains.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
EDUC-3016Professional Practice2
This lecture style and small group discussion course will educate students on how to maintain a high standard of practice and therefore manage risk by understanding key concepts: code of conduct, scope of practice and best practices, as reflected by the leaders in the industry.
PHRE-3044Exercise for Special Populations3
By using both lecture, small group discussion and laboratory experience this course prepares students to prescribe safe and effective exercise programs for a number of special populations including: individuals with a disability, children and youth, pre- and post-natal, older adults and chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Students will also learn about potential additional barriers often faced and how to guide inclusive physical activity.
METH-3027Research Principles3
This course introduces students to the principles of research in Health Care. The course introduces the student to academic based research, articles, and databases. This includes an examination of research principles, structures, and methods of execution. An emphasis will be placed on the critical assessment of research information, how it is collected, presented, and performed.
FLDP-3032Personal Training & Field Practice2.2
This course provides students with practical field experience. Students will have the opportunity to work within our in-house Fitness Centre as well as personal train and conduct fitness assessments on clients.
HLTH-3060Health & Behaviour Change3
Through theoretical and experiential discovery, in this course students will build upon their knowledge and experience facilitating health behaviour change. Factors impacting personal and community health will be examined with specific focus on modifiable and non-modifiable factors.
PHRE-3043Functional Movement & Conditioning3
By way of lecture and laboratory experiences, students will discover how to design exercise programs for improving a client's aerobic and anaerobic capacity. In addition, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts in movement screening, vocational fitness testing (e.g. police and paramedic), circuit training, and instability training.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PHRE-3045Sports Injuries3
This course covers athletic injury prevention, recognition and management. By way of lecture and hands-on laboratory experience students will be exposed to a number of therapeutic exercise approaches and how to integrate these approaches within a fitness plan.
FLDP-3018Field Placement3.6
In this course, the student will participate in a field placement in an approved fitness or health agency as well as continue building on the experiences within Professional Practice 1. During any field experience the student is expected to demonstrate and reflect upon learning outcomes and employability skills of the Fitness and Health Promotion program. By the end of this course students will have obtained a minimum of 125 field related hours.
PHRE-5003High Performance Training for Sport3
This course provides an overview of diet and exercise programming used for improving athletic performance and body composition. By way of lecture and laboratory experiences, students will learn to instruct, and properly execute, movements that develop explosive power and aerobic power endurance.
PLAN-3010Recreation & Event Planning2.1
In this course the student is provided with an experiential learning opportunity of planning a recreation event. The student will work cooperatively with his/her peers to plan, organize, administer and implement a physical recreation event designed for a specific target population. Theory content will focus on physical recreation concepts and principles related to program administration, specific target populations and other administrative responsibilities such as personnel, facility, and financial management.
HLTH-3061Health Promotion3
This course will build upon the student's knowledge of health promotion theory and practice. The processes involved in planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion are the focus of this course. The student will explore health promotion and the determinants of health from a current issues perspective and will acquire personal experience through projects/assignments conducted in the college and community. Additional theory content will focus on health promotion history, models, and exemplary programs and ideas.
ENTP-3002Entrepreneurship-Fitness Professionals3
In the competitive market that is fitness, the ability to attract and retain clients is crucial for success. This course provides students with a foundation in digital and in-person approaches to marketing and selling your services.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Level 1

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 18 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2020/2021

Career Opportunities

There is a wide spectrum of potential employers in the fitness industry for graduates (i.e., not-for-profit centres, commercial gyms, police applicant testing, workplace wellness corporations, and performance-based specialized fitness studios). Graduates find employment creating supportive environments for physical activity and enhancing fitness within the general population and at agencies dedicated for youth, older adults, athletes, and other special populations.

More Information - 2020/2021

A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: FHP1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207

Program Description

The Fitness and Health Promotion program prepares graduates to perform the roles and responsibilities of a fitness consultant and personal trainer. Fanshawe College’s Fitness and Health Promotion Faculty team consists of highly educated industry specialists, with both knowledge and experience in exercise program design, exercise prescription, fitness and health assessment, behaviour change, fitness marketing and sales, business ownership, sports and universal nutrition, as well as individual and population-based health promotion.

Other Information

  • Fanshawe College’s Fitness and Health Promotion program prepares students for a successful career in the field of fitness and health through extensive hands on laboratory classes and a number of quality field placement experiences. Field Placement can occur at various potential employers (i.e., Cardiac Rehab Centre, Police and Fire Fitness Testing Services, Empower Sports Conditioning, Corporate Wellness, Canadian National Wheelchair Rugby Team, YMCA, GoodLife Fitness). Field Experience begins in Level 1 (10 hours). In Level 3 there are 45 hours and in Level 4 there are 120 hours of Field Placement.
  • Students in the Fitness and Health Promotion program use a new, stunning, fitness teaching space (C1047) to engage in laboratory and experiential learning.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Program Pathways

  • In addition to preparing graduates for a successful career in the field of fitness and health, Fanshawe College�s Fitness and Health Promotion program provides a foundation for further education. Fanshawe College�s Fitness and Health Promotion program has several agreements with schools in Canada and abroad. The agreements range from earning a second College Diploma with a reduced workload to earning a Kinesiology Degree in only an additional two years of education.
  • For information about Program Pathways visit

Program Details

More details

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Lyndsay Fitzgeorge, PhD

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks