Is staying fit and healthy important to you? Learn to train others through our health and fitness program - 2021/2022
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 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.
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.
"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 - 2021/2022
Admission RequirementsOSSD 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:
(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 CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- 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.
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 www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement
for more information about preparing for placement.
• Standard First Aid and CPR
• Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening
Fitness and Health Promotion-2021/2022
|WRIT-1048||Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences||3|
|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.|
|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-1214||Math for Fitness Professionals||2.5|
|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.|
|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-1042||Anatomy & Physiology||3|
|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.|
|This course emphasizes motion and movement in the body by studying the muscular and skeletal system in a lab environment.|
|EDUC-1101||Coaching & Group Dynamics||3|
|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-3054||Physiology of Exercise||3|
|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.|
|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-3028||Social Diversity in Canada||3|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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-3044||Exercise for Special Populations||3|
|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.|
|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-3032||Personal Training & Field Practice||2.2|
|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-3060||Health & Behaviour Change||3|
|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-3043||Functional Movement & Conditioning||3|
|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.|
|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.|
|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-5003||High Performance Training for Sport||3|
|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-3010||Recreation & Event Planning||2.1|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
Careers - 2021/2022
Career OpportunitiesThere 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 - 2021/2022
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207
Program DescriptionThe 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.
- 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.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
1. conduct assessments of fitness, well-being, and lifestyle for clients and effectively communicate assessment results.
2. prescribe appropriate physical activity, fitness, active living, and lifestyle programs to enhance health, fitness, and well-being of clients.
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 their health, fitness, and wellbeing.
5. develop, implement, and evaluate activities, programs, and events which respond to identified needs and interests of clients* and maximize the benefits of health, fitness, and well-being.
6. train individuals and instruct groups in exercise and physical activities.
7. contribute to community health promotion strategies.
8. assist in the development of business plans for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.
9. implement strategies and plans for ongoing personal and professional growth and development.
10. develop and implement risk management strategies for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.
11. interact effectively with clients, staff, and volunteers in health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities.
- 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 www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways
Program DetailsMore details
2021/2022 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2021/22 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2021, Jan. 2022 and May 2022 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.
Full Time Offerings
- Fanshawe's Community Employment Services has received federal funding to provide the Career Launcher program in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Aylmer, Ontario.
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Fanshawe College has made the difficult decision to defer all fall 2020 convocation ceremonies.