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Completion of Kinesiology Diploma program is the starting point for careers as educators, or as administrators in fitness centres, leisure centres, senior citizen/retirement complexes, colleges and universities, the private and business sector and provincial, national and international sport associations and events. You will also be eligible for introductory careers in athletic therapy, personal fitness training, fitness consulting, and coaching. The Kinesiology Diploma also builds the foundation for further education in the Kinesiology field by offering same courses as the Kinesiology University Transfer program, thus students who wish to continue on and complete a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology may do so. Students wanting to graduate with the Kinesiology Diploma program must declare at the time of registration. On your application, identify Kinesiology Diploma Program and your application will be considered in accordance with the specifics to ensure you meet the University requirements if you wish to transfer your studies.
The Kinesiology Diploma requires passing grades and an overall average of 60 percent in the following Alberta Education high school courses or equivalents. For course groups, refer to the Classification of Alberta Education Courses.
- English 30, minimum 60 percent
- Two subjects from Group A or C
- One subject from Group C
- One subject from Group B, C, or Physical Education 30
- Only one language other than English will be accepted
Students 21 years of age or older who do not meet the stated admission requirements must attain a minimum score on an appropriate entrance test before acceptance into the program is granted.
Students may enrol in up to two courses without admission to the program. Upon successful completion of two courses, if you wish to continue in the program, you will be expected to apply to the program and meet all admission requirements. Once you have met all admission requirements and received admission to the program, you will be granted credit for courses successfully completed prior to admission.
Students of PEAK
Students enrolled in fitness programs are eligible for membership in Students of PEAK (SPEAK), the organization of physical education students. See information about this student organization in the Bachelor of Physical Education section of this calendar. Executive members of SPEAK may be eligible for co-curricular recognition.
First year (30 credits)
- DA1000 The Spectrum of Dance in Society (3)
- PE1000 Structural Anatomy (3)
- PE1015 Essentials of Human Physiology (3)
- PE1030 Integrative Human Physiology (3)
- PE1040 Introduction to Sociocultural Aspects of Leisure and Sport (3)
- PE1050 Introduction Sports Administration (3)
- PE1090 Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation (3)
- PE2200 Introduction to Personal Physical Fitness (3)
- PY1040 Basic Psychological Processes (3)
- Physical Activity (PA), Physical Education (PE), or UT option (3)
Second year (30 credits)
- Junior English (6)
- PE2000 Exercise Physiology (3)
- PE2030 Skill Acquisition and Performance (3)
- PE2040 Leisure and Sport in Canadian Society: Historical Perspectives (3)
- PE2060 Biomechanics (3)
- PE2070 Physical Education and Leisure for Special Populations (3)
- PE2400 Sports Injuries (3)
- PE3030 Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (3) or PE3070 Human Growth and Motor Development (3)
- Physical Activity (PA) option (3)
To graduate with a Diploma in Kinesiology you must successfully complete all program requirements. If you meet these requirements, please apply to graduate.
Acceptance into any University program once you have completed your studies at GPRC is normally based on your course selection and your academic standing. Courses vary from institution to institution and are often evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Early contact with the school you are applying to is encouraged and close consultation with a GPRC Advisor is advisable. All post-secondary Kinesiology programs are slightly different. Therefore you may be required to pick up courses depending on where you apply. Most receiving institutions will transfer a maximum of 60 credits from GPRC.
University of Alberta
To be considered for admission to the University of Alberta as a transfer applicant, you must present a minimum GPA of 2.0 or equivalent based on a minimum of 24 transferable credits. Possession of a minimum GPA does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants must also possess all High School admission requirements or equivalent.
Students who transfer with less than 24 transfer credits will be considered High School Applicants to the University and will require an overall average of 70% in the high school courses required for admission.
You may complete up to two years (60 credits) of appropriate course work. The courses within the Kinesiology Diploma program are the required courses for the first two years of the Bachelor of Kinesiology with the University of Alberta.
Please consult with an advisor for details on programs and requirements at other institutions.