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.Apply Now Grab and Go Information
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
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View the program availability for the upcoming intakes.
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.
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
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
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 will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. 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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The Exercise Science program is available through on-campus delivery.
Fall 2021 – Health Guidelines
If there are changes to Alberta Health Services guidelines, this program will move to an online synchronous format during scheduled class times.
This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus in accordance with AHS guidelines. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on-campus in Lethbridge.
|BIO-1169||Structural Human Anatomy||3|
|ENG-1159||Writing for the Workplace||3|
|EXS-1159||Exercise and Healthful Living||3|
|PSY-1168||Sport and Exercise Psychology||3|
|EXS-2252||Research Methods in Kinesiology||3|
|EXS-2260||Biomechanics and Applied Kinesiology||3|
|COM-1162||Interpersonal Relationships and Communications||3|
|EXS-2256||Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries||3|
|EXS-2261||Adapted Physical Activity||3|
|EXS-2259||Exercise Program Design||3|
|EXS-2274||Exercise and Chronic Conditions||3|
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.
|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|
|PED-1180||Introduction to Coaching||3|
|PED-2272||Leadership in Physical Education||3|
|PED-2276||Weight Training and Exercise II||1.5|
|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|
Tuition and Fees
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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The entire Lethbridge community was welcoming and I felt at home immediately. The instructors were very hands on and helpful – the quality of education was second to none.”
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I got into Crash Conditioning thanks to the college. They knew I had a background in hockey and sports and I knew someone there who liked my presence and my educational background. The instructors at Lethbridge College were great. They were very personal, they knew your name and you weren’t just a number.”
During my second year, we did a “Mind, Body, Spirit” module, and that was a class that truly changed my life. . .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. . . 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.”
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