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Fitness and Health Promotion

Available: Fall

Program Description

The Fitness and Health Promotion program is for students interested in learning about the science and practice of implementing useful programs of physical fitness and health for all ages and stages of development. By designing and delivering meaningful, age-relevant physical activity programs, graduates will contribute to the health of the "well" population and help people improve their performance in their careers and personal lives. Graduates will be prepared for front line direct-client work with individuals of varying ages and in various settings. This program provides a broad study of the principles and methods of fitness and health provision to children and youth cohorts where few others have done so. Experiental learning through field placement is at the core of this program. This program takes a holistic approach to intervention with each of targeted cohorts addressing such issues as client context and family support.

You will receive training and practical experience in the development of coaching and fitness promotion skills related to the design and delivery of age-relevant programs of physical activity and wellness. You will learn how to coach, train and motivate clients of all ages and stages of development and how to interact effectively with clients, parents, caregivers and allied health professionals. You will become a certified coach and be recognized as a trained professional, able to deliver programs to develop physical literacy to children and youth in a variety of settings as well as for adults and seniors who wish to remain active for life.

Upon graduation from this program, students would be qualified to seek employment as instructors within organizations and providers that wish to maintain or grow existing successful fitness and lifestyle management programs or initiate new meaningful programs for children and youth. They would also be qualified to work in adult fitness environments as well as senior centres, delivering appropriate programs for fitness and health promotion to the adult population.



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

Prepare for a career in fitness, wellness and health. As a graduate of this two-year program, you will become a leader in fitness and health delivery in your community. You will be certified in coaching children and youth, enabling you to work with sport organizations interested in developing athlete's physical abilities. You will also apply contemporary fitness techniques and work with adults and seniors who wish to meet their own personal health and fitness goals. In addition, with your highly marketable skills, you will consult with coaches, teachers, health care workers and others interested in building healthy communities.


  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)
  • Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)
  • Canadian Sport for Life Society (CS4L)

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U), Exercise Science PSE4(U), or Kinesiology PSK4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Applicant Selection

  • Applicants will be ranked based on academic grades.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.


Although not required for admission, Grade 12 Exercise Science (PSE4U) is recommended for your success in the program.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 55013

Student Recruitment

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416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

John Andreucci 416.491.5050 ext. 55379

Program Chair

Gary Galbraith 416.491.5050 ext. 55010

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network