It’s easy to turn your passion for a healthy, active lifestyle into a career you love in the two-year Exercise Science program, which prepares you to earn fitness certifications before you even graduate.

 

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Overview

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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. Along with all this, you’ll have plenty of practical opportunities to work with actual clients and present seminars.

In the Exercise Science program, you’ll be on your way to a fast-paced career helping people of all ages and abilities maintain their physical well-being. In fact, after just one year of study you’ll have the opportunity to become a certified fitness leader with the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFCLA). And after your second year? You’ll be prepared for certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) as recognized by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).

Ready to step up to your career in fitness? Apply to the Exercise Science program today!

Career opportunities

With two fitness leadership designations and a diploma in Exercise Science, you’ll be ready for work in a variety of capacities within the fitness industry, including:

  • fitness clubs
  • sport teams
  • professional corporations
  • personal fitness care
  • medical clinics
  • schools/outreach programs
  • physiotherapy clinics
  • sport organizations
  • rehabilitation agencies
  • health/resort spas
  • recreation groups
  • travel industry
  • community facilities
  • senior centres
Starts In: September
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma
Transfers:

  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge

Delivery Format
Blended (classroom + online)
Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1169
3.00
ENG-1156
3.00
PED-1159
3.00
PED-1178
3.00
PSY-1168
3.00

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • ENG-1156 Business Writing
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1155
3.00
BIO-1180
3.00
PED-1188
3.00
PED-2252
3.00
PED-2260
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Electives list).

Year 2 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
COM-1162
3.00
PED-2256
3.00
PED-2261
3.00
PED-2262
3.00
PED-2267
3.00

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communic.
Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
PED-2259
3.00
PED-2271
3.00
PED-2274
3.00
PED-2258
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Electives list).

Electives
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1152
3.00
BIO-1156
3.00
BUS-1124
3.00
CPU-1151
1.50
ENG-1150
3.00
HUM-1150
3.00
HUM-1155
3.00
ORG-2254
3.00
PED-1161
1.50
PED-1162
1.50
PED-1170
1.50
PED-1172
1.50
PED-1173
1.50
PED-1180
3.00
PED-1185
1.50
PED-2257
3.00
PED-2272
3.00
PED-2276
1.50
PED-2280
3.00
PED-2282
1.50
PSY-1170
3.00
PSY-1177
3.00
PSY-2255
3.00
SOC-1160
3.00
SOC-1167
3.00
SOC-2250
3.00
SOC-2273
3.00

Students may select from the above electives with choices dependent on scheduling. Some courses may require a pre-requisite that is not included in the Exercise Science curriculum or electives list.


The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • BIO-1152 Physiology of Aging
  • CPU-1151 Introduction to Computers
  • ENG-1150 Composition
  • HUM-1155 Ethics
  • PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSY-1177 Psychology of Aging
  • SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging

Admissions

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

General admission requirements

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

Academic requirements

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

  • Grade 12 Biology

Practice-based experience (PBE) requirements

There is a required practice-based experience (PBE) component to this program. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Applicants are advised they may be required to provide a Criminal Record Check before entering the PBE component of the program. Applicants will be required to have a current Standard First Aid and CPR Level A or C certificates prior to the PBE.

Find out more about pre-placement requirements for your program.

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.

Your investment

Students will purchase a Lethbridge College Exercise Science shirt ($30). The shirts are worn during practicum experiences.

Pursuing certification in some specific courses may require an additional fee. Please contact the program for details.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.


Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $3,077.00 $1,013.00 $1,853.00
Year 2 $2,595.00 $1,086.00 $1,681.00

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  • 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.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • 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.

Two years, two certificates and one diploma

At Lethbridge College, we’re not just giving you an education, we’re equipping you for a career. And in our Exercise Science program, that means preparing you for not one but two fitness certification exams. With a curriculum focused on delivering an education that meets provincial, national and international fitness standards, our program prepares you to write the following exams:

  • Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA): After just one year in our program, you’ll be able to gain certification as a fitness leader with AFLCA. This certificate shows your future employer that your education meets recognized national and international standards, and you’ve been trained in industry-leading practices.
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT): CSEP is often referred to as the gold standard in exercise science and personal training, and our program makes you eligible to test for certification as a certified personal trainer. Your CSEP-CPT certification will stand out – there are less than 5,000 certified CSEP-CPTs in all of Canada.

After just two years in our program, you’ll graduate ready for your career with a diploma in Exercise Science and (potentially) two fitness certifications.

Hands-on, immersive learning

See it in action
See it in action

Theory comes to life in some of the best fitness facilities.

See it in action

When you’re preparing for a career of helping others lead healthy, active lifestyles, a textbook just won’t cut it. Of course, you’ll learn the foundations from textbooks and lectures, but you’ll build on those by seeing it in action. And we have some of the best facilities for fitness. Our P.E. Building is home to: 

  • the Val Matteotti Gymnasium (considered by many athletes to be the best gym in the ACAC)
  • a fitness centre
  • two international squash courts
  • two interchangeable racquetball/squash courts
  • a fitness-testing centre
  • a dance studio
  • steam rooms

Home to our Kodiaks student-athletes and all students who value physical activity, you can find out more about these facilities and get your student membership at Recreation Services.

The student becomes the teacher
The student becomes the teacher

Your practicum experience could have you training a college staff member.

The student becomes the teacher

In your final month of school, you’ll get a feel for what it’s like in the industry during a practicum experience that can range from 45-55 hours in length. You’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to a real-life situation. The best part? Your practicum could place you as a personal trainer for a Lethbridge College staff member. The student really does become the teacher in our program.

Mind, Body, Spirit: The class that changed my life

“I was a student within the Exercise Science program for two years at Lethbridge College and obtained my diploma there. During my second year, we did a “Mind, Body, Spirit” module, and that was a class that truly changed my life. I was amazed at the way in which I could manage my stress (and I had a lot of it) through the simplicity of my breath and through meditation, or moving meditation (yoga). I got so inspired by this module that I applied for a yoga teacher training in Goa, India, and through a leap of faith and hope, I got accepted and my year following graduation from Lethbridge College, I went to India and had the most life changing two months of my life. While I was there, I met a person who was a holistic nutritionist, so when I got back to Canada, I applied into that and I obtained a diploma in holistic nutrition. I am now working towards getting my Bachelor in Education degree to use the knowledge I obtain during my time in the Exercise Science program, yoga teacher training and holistic nutrition to help students at their most influential age, from grades seven to nine. I have been on this amazing journey, and I am certain that my two years at Lethbridge College were an amazing instigator to moving me on this path I am on now.”

– From the Winter 2017 issue of Wider Horizons by Kelsey Heitkoetter

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