Study health and exercise sciences to become a community leader in sport, recreation, fitness and wellness.
Tuition and Fees
- Fees listed are for first year (two semesters) for a typical, full-time student taking 5 courses per semester (2 lecture-based courses and 3 courses with lab components). Depending on the courses selected fees may vary.
- Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
- All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
- International students will pay International tuition fees
Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life. It includes areas of study such as exercise science, athletic training, socio-cultural analyses of sports and society, sport and exercise psychology, fitness leadership, physical education-teacher education, and pre-professional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other health related fields.
The Kinesiology Diploma program helps students build skills that they can apply to a variety of career options in fitness, recreation, sport, education and health. Course credits transfer towards Bachelor degree programs in British Columbia and elsewhere.
Students develop skills for general employability and academic success including information literacy, written and oral communication, numeracy and computer skills, critical and creative thinking, leadership and interpersonal skills, and professional skills.
Students may become eligible to apply for industry credentials during or after program completion. External agencies may require students to complete additional written examinations and/or practical competency evaluations and pay additional fees. The department website includes links to relevant agencies.
All students register for courses individually. The first semester includes five common courses. Students then follow the program outlined for one of the diploma options below:
- Kinesiology Diploma - Fitness Option
- Kinesiology Diploma - Health Science Option
- Kinesiology Diploma - Recreation Option
- Kinesiology Diploma - Education Option
- Kinesiology Diploma - General Studies Option
Students are responsible for confirming that all graduation requirements and residency requirements are met before graduation.
A Kinesiology Co-op option may be available between Year 1 and Year 2 (May - August) for eligible students. Please consult with an education advisor, cooperative education and/or the department chair to address any questions.
Transfer credit is available for many post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and elsewhere. Most HKIN courses can be used as elective credit, or as the lower-level requirements leading to minor or major concentrations in a Bachelor's degree program. For more information, please consult specific graduation requirements at the receiving institution and www.bctransferguide.ca.
The Kinesiology Diploma - Health Science Option is designed as a pathway to a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, Human Kinetics or related field and subsequent application to a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences or other allied health profession. Select elective credits that will satisfy degree graduation and/or admission requirements.
The Kinesiology Diploma - Education Option is designed as a pathway to a Bachelor's Degree in a related field and subsequent application to a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Select elective credits that will satisfy some of the requirements for teacher preparation.
Kinesiology Pathway to the BBA. Students can combine their interest in health, sport, recreation and fitness with business studies to prepare to work for government, non- profit and for-profit enterprise. Become a local leader working to improve the health and sustainability of our Okanagan community.
Multiple career options are listed in high demand. Diploma graduates have become recreation coordinators and certified personal trainers. Approximately, 80 per cent of students continue their studies after graduation and have completed a bachelor’s degree with transfer credit, or go on to graduate studies. Degree graduates have become: school teachers, sport coaches, kinesiologists, athletic therapists, exercise therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Specific forms are required of students looking to study Human Kinetics / Kinesiology to complete the admissions process:
Send completed forms to the Penticton Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org citing your student number (300#) in the subject line.
Regular Applicants: Regular applicants have graduated from a secondary school or equivalent, or are currently enrolled in Grade 12.
- B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent.
- English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
- Chemistry 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level ABE Chemistry.
- One of Biology 11, Life Sciences 11, Biology 12, Anatomy and Physiology 12, BIOL 122 or BIOL 124 or equivalent Advanced or Provincial Level ABE courses are acceptable (Anatomy and Physiology 12, Biology 12 or BIOL 122 is strongly recommended).
- A minimum of 50% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 11
- Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
- Principles of Mathematics 11
- Adult Basic Education MATH 011
- Adult Basic Education MATH 085 and MATH 080
- Adult Basic Education IALG 011
Mature Applicants: Applicants who do not have secondary school graduation may apply as a mature student provided that they are at least 19 years of age and have not attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a minimum period of one year. Mature applicants will be subject to the same course entrance requirements that apply to regular applicants. The above courses may be taken through Okanagan College's Adult Basic Education program, the Ministry of Education Correspondence Branch, or a secondary school studies program.
Additional Admission Requirements
- All applicants must submit an Okanagan College Human Kinetics Verification of Experience Form documenting a minimum of one season of competitive sport participation or 50 hours of participation in regular physical activity, within the last 5 years.
- All applicants must submit an Okanagan College Human Kinetics Medical Clearance Form, documenting medical clearance for participation in unrestricted physical activity or for participation in progressive physical activity with specific limitations or exclusions.
Applicants are advised that students in this program engage in vigorous physical activity as part of their laboratory practice and applied methods courses. Students will act both as physical activity leaders and participants. Students are expected to develop and maintain a good level of physical fitness throughout the program.
Students may be required to travel to off-campus fitness and recreation facilities in the local area, and will require appropriate transportation.
Students with credit for both BIOL 131 and BIOL 133 or equivalent can contact the program chair.
Several computer-based assignments are included throughout the program. It is recommended that students have basic computer skills before entering the program. Students who do not have personal computers will have access to computers in the college computer laboratories and the library.
Co-operative Education: To become eligible for the co-operative education work term, students must complete all of the first year courses for one of the fitness, health science, recreation or education options with an overall GPA of 70%. The co-op work experience is not available for students completing the general studies option.
As a means of satisfying all the prescribed graduation requirements for a Human Kinetics Diploma, students may choose course selections in one of the 3 streams outlined below.
- The Health and Fitness Stream is designed for students who are interested in employment in the health and fitness industry. Students choosing this stream may become eligible to make application for industry credentials as a Personal Trainer with the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) and/or the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).
- The Health and Physical Education Stream is designed for students who are interested in university transfer to complete a degree with an emphasis in health and physical education, and, for those who are considering a career in an instructional setting for sport and physical activity, such as a school teacher.
- The Kinesiology and Health Science Stream is designed for students who are interested in university transfer to complete a degree with an emphasis in kinesiology and health science, and, for those who are interested in a career as a kinesiologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, physician or chiropractor.
Students interested in university transfer may also choose to design their own program of study and select courses to meet their own needs. All students will register for courses individually and should consider consulting with an educational advisor or program faculty if they have any questions. Students will find that not all receiving institutions require the recommended courses as outlined below. Students designing their own program of study are advised that not all Human Kinetics courses will be offered in all semesters.
Graduation requirements as of 2020:
Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline. A minimum graduating grade average (GGA) of sixty percent (60%) for the courses taken at Okanagan College and used to satisfy the required 60 credits for the diploma.
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