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Kinesiology & Sport Studies Diploma

Kinesiology and Sport Studies Diploma

2 years

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The Program

Kinesiology is the study of the science of movement. The RDP Kinesiology and Sport Studies program offers a 2-year diploma specialization in Fitness and Health Promotion.  

The Diploma Program is designed for students who wish to complete a diploma with a focus on Fitness and Health Promotion in order to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes required to plan and instruct fitness classes, perform a variety of fitness testing protocols, counsel individuals and groups regarding fitness programs and establish and operate fitness programs in industry, clubs and communities.  

If your plans are to transfer to the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Kinesiology program, it is advised to complete the Kinesiology and Sport Studies University Transfer Program as this path is most appropriate for transfer to the University of Alberta.

Students who complete the Kinesiology and Sport Studies Fitness and Health Promotion diploma program are eligible to transfer to the University of Alberta for a Bachelor of Kinesiology; however, additional course work may be required as not all courses within this program will provide transfer credit to the University of Alberta towards a Bachelor of Kinesiology.  Transfer to other programs and universities is possible, see an academic advisor.  Please speak to an advisor for more information about university transfer from this particular diploma program.

Note: The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta dedicates entrance into the Bachelor of Kinesiology program for 30 students transferring from the RDP Bachelor of Kinesiology Transfer program who have between 45 and 60 transferable credits and a minimum GPA of 3.0 based on the most recent minimum 24 transferable credits.  Possession of the minimum average does not guarantee admission to the program and admission may be competitive based on applications. 

Program Content

Year 1: 

  • ENGL 219 Essay Composition and Critical Reading 
  • KNSS 1102 Foundations of Human Movement 
  • KDNC 200 The Spectrum of Dance in Society 
  • KNSS 200 Structural Anatomy 
  • KNSS 204 Sociocultural Foundations of PE Leisure & Sport 
  • KNSS 209 Measurement and Evaluation 
  • KNSS 214 Introduction to Personal Physical Fitness 
  • KNSS 250 Introduction to the Administration of Sport, Physical Activity, and Recreation Programs 
  • KPAC 321 Applied Resistance Training 
  • Option (3 credit) 

Year 2: 

  • KNSS 201 Biomechanics 
  • KNSS 202 Physiology of Exercise  
  • KNSS 220 Introduction to Athletic Therapy  
  • KNSS 240 Adapted Physical Education 
  • KNSS 244 Introduction to Nutrition 
  • KNSS 299 Directed Study 
  • KPAC 290 Metabolic Conditioning 
  • PSIO 258 Elementary Physiology I 
  • PSIO 259 Elementary Physiology II 
  • Option (3 credit) 

Recommended Options are:  KNSS 203, KNSS 205, KNSS 312, KNSS 253, KNSS 260, KNSS 307, BIOL 217, BADM 132, BUS 201, KPED 294, PSYC 260, and/or INTD 325. 

If you are planning to transfer to another institution, please consult with a Red Deer Polytechnic student advisor when selecting the Option Courses in the program to ensure transferability and program suitability.   

Students wishing to complete the Fitness & Health Promotion Diploma, and transfer to university, need to select the appropriate options and physical activity courses to maximize transfer credits (see an academic advisor).

The Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma Program requires the completion of the following certifications:

  • requires the completion of Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C.  Please note that students are responsible for any fees involved in obtaining this certification as it has not been included in tuition and fees.
  • CSEP-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) - Students are eligible to write the CSEP-CPT national certification examination upon completion of their Fitness & Health Promotion Diploma coursework.  This is not required for successful program completion.  Please note that students are responsible for any fees involved in obtaining this certification as this has not been included in tuition and fees.
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