Turn your passion for a healthy, active lifestyle into a career you love in the Exercise Science program. Designed to help you earn fitness certifications before you graduate, the Exercise Science program will get you on your way to a fast-paced career helping people of all ages and abilities maintain their physical wellbeing.

The rigorous two-year Exercise Science diploma program helps you muscle in on the science of physical activity. Using contemporary equipment (and lots of it), you’ll break a sweat during classroom assignments that involve indoor and outdoor activities. And you’ll have plenty of practical opportunities to work with actual clients as you work towards certification.

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Career Opportunities

With a diploma in Exercise Science, you'll be ready to work in a variety of capacities in the health and wellness industry, for completing two industry certifications, or to continue your studies in a degree program:

  • Business Entrepreneur
  • Community Facilities
  • Fitness Clubs
  • Health/Resort Spas
  • Medical Clinics
  • Personal Fitness Care
  • Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Recreation Groups
  • Rehabilitation Agencies
  • Schools/Outreach Programs
  • Senior Centres
  • Sport Organizations

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After one year you’ll be ready to write the exam for your Fitness Leader certification with the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association


After two years you’ll be ready to write for the gold standard in exercise science and personal training: the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer


the minimum number of hours of practicum experience you’ll complete during your diploma




Credential / Accreditation



2 years

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New students are accepted into the Exercise Science program for the Fall (September) term.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 12 biology
Medical Requirements

Although no physical requirements are placed on applicants for entry to the program, applicants should ensure through a medical examination that their cardiovascular system is suitable to undertake strenuous exercise. Interviews may be requested.

University of Lethbridge (pending renewal)

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Exercise Science diploma program with a minimum 3.00 GPA are eligible to be admitted into the University of Lethbridge’s Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences program for completion of their Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. Once admitted, students will be third-year degree level students at the University of Lethbridge in its Faculty of Health Sciences in all respects. For more information, please see an academic advisor and visit www.uleth.ca

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student.  Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage.  In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta).  These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites may include Lethbridge, surrounding rural communities, and may extend beyond these boundaries depending on WIL site availability and approvals.   WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

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Delivery Formats

The Exercise Science program is available through on-campus delivery.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
BIO-1169 Structural Human Anatomy 3
ENG-1159 Writing for the Workplace 3
EXS-1159 Exercise and Healthful Living 3
EXS-1178 Resistance Training 3
PSY-1168 Sport and Exercise Psychology 3
  Credits 15
Term II
BIO-1155 Human Nutrition 3
BIO-1180 Human Physiology 3
EXS-1188 Movement Education 3
EXS-2252 Research Methods in Kinesiology 3
EXS-2260 Biomechanics and Applied Kinesiology 3
Elective 3
  Credits 18
Year 2
Term I
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communications 3
EXS-2256 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3
EXS-2261 Adapted Physical Activity 3
EXS-2262 Exercise Physiology 3
EXS-2267 Fitness Assessment 3
  Credits 15
Term II
EXS-2258 Practicum 3
EXS-2259 Exercise Program Design 3
EXS-2271 Advanced Conditioning 3
EXS-2274 Exercise and Chronic Conditions 3
Elective 3
  Credits 15
  Total Credits 63

Students may select from the following electives, with choices dependent on scheduling. Some courses may require a prerequisite that is not included in the Exercise Science curriculum or electives list.

Course Title Credits
BIO-1150 Cellular Basis of Life 3
BIO-1152 Physiology of Aging 3
BIO-1156 Wellness and Health Issues 3
BUS-1124 Service-Based Small Business Management 3
CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers 1.5
ENG-1150 Composition 3
HUM-1150 Logic 3
HUM-1155 Ethics 3
ORG-2254 Public Relations 3
PED-1180 Introduction to Coaching 3
PED-2257 Therapeutic Exercise 3
PED-2272 Leadership in Physical Education 3
PED-2276 Weight Training and Exercise II 1.5
PED-2280 Advanced Coaching 3
PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
PSY-1177 Psychology of Aging 3
PSY-2255 Psychology of Sports 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging 3
SOC-2250 Sociology of Sports 3
SOC-2273 Multicultural Issues 3
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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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