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We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Kinesiology

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Are you interested in being a personal trainer, physiotherapist, chiropractor, professional team coach, recreation program coordinator, or teacher? Maybe you are considering being a strength and conditioning specialist, a sport psychologist, or a massage therapist? Everything starts here! Kinesiology students study a wide variety of courses including anatomy and physiology, strength and conditioning, exercise programming, athletic therapy, nutrition, sport psychology, and the sociology of sport. An education in Kinesiology opens the door to a variety of career opportunities!

If you are considering a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Kinesiology, or Recreation, this program gives you two years (20 courses or 60 credits) of appropriate course work you can transfer to the University of Prince Edward Island, Acadia University, the University of New Brunswick, and other institutions through degree pathways.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S. Bachelor of Kinesiology Graduates receive up to 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree.
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Antigonish, N.S. Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics Graduates who meet StFX admission requirements are eligible to transfer up to 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics degree.
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Antigonish, N.S. Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics Graduates who meet StFX admission requirements are eligible to transfer up to 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics degree.
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) Graduates with a 70% average receive up to 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) degree. Grade 12 Chemistry is an admission requirement. 
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton, Bachelor of Kinesiology Graduates receive up to 65 credits hours toward a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above general level
  • Grade 12 academic English
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic Math
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic Biology
  • Résumé of work and volunteer experience.


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year



Tuition $4,450 $9,550
Fees $1,247 $1,997
Other Costs $600 $600
Total $6,297 $12,147

2nd Year



Tuition $4,450 $9,450
Fees $1,197 $1,947
Other Costs $200 $200
Total $5,847 $11,597

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $4,450 $4,450
Lab Fee $450 $400
First Aid/WHMIS $100 -
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Graduation Fee - $100
     Subtotal $5,697 $5,647
1st installment due September 5 $3,197 $3,222
2nd installment due January 8 $2,500 $2,425

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $600 $200
     Subtotal $600 $200
Total $6,297 $5,847


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $ 9,550 $ 9,450
Lab Fee $ 450 $ 400
First Aid/WHMIS $ 100 -
Student Union $ 172 $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,195 $ 1,195
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Graduation Fee - $ 100
     Subtotal $ 11,547 $ 11,397
1st installment due September 5 $ 9,047 $ 8,972
2nd installment due January 8 $ 2,500 $ 2,425

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $  600 $  200
     Subtotal $  600 $  200
Total $12,147 $11,597

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Personal trainer/Fitness instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning coach
  • Athletic trainer
  • Health and Wellness consultant
  • Fitness Manager

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:ANAT-1247

Anatomy & Physiology

The intent of this course is to provide students,with an understanding of the structure and,function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on,the study of the cardiovascular, skeletal,,muscular, nervous, and respiratory systems.


Course Code:BUSI-1143

Managing Human Resources

Successful completion of this course will equip,students with a foundation of basic leadership,skills. A special focus is placed on skills which,relate to communication, teamwork, management,functions, styles of leadership, motivation,,staffing, training, delegating, and performance,assessments.


Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore,digital environments with practical applications,for various workplaces and educational,institutions. The main areas of focus include word,processing, spreadsheets, presentation software,,email and other electronic communication tools,,various digital environments, and,industry-specific applications.


Course Code:ENGL-1000


Learn, review and practice English grammar,,punctuation, proofreading, editing, and spelling,skills to demonstrate language usage competency.,Develop the ability to convey thoughts clearly,and concisely building both written and oral,communication skills.


Course Code:KINE-1118

Introduction to Sport and Exercise,Psychology

Developing a greater understanding of human,behavior within the sport and exercise setting is,an important asset for professionals working in,related fields such as fitness instructing,,athletic training, sport administration, coaching,and recreation planning. The study of psychology,examines influences on human behavior in relation,to personality and social environments. In,particular to sport and exercise, this course,covers theories of motivation, the impact of,stress on performance, the psychological benefits,of exercise, strategies for promoting exercise,adherence, and the role of mental skills for,performance and well-being.


Course Code:KINE-1146

The Physiology of Human Movement

This course provides students with both a basic,understanding of the structure and function of,the human body and an understanding of the,expected responses and adaptations the body makes,during acute exercise. Topic areas include;,homeostasis, bioenergetics, neuroendocrinology,,the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system,,the circulatory system, and acid-base balance.,Students examine acute body systems responses to,various forms of exercise and chronic adaptations,resulting from participation in regular exercise,training.


Course Code:KINE-1148

Strength Training and Conditioning

The purpose of this course is to prepare students,as capable resistance training leaders. This,course is designed to allow learners to become,proficient in demonstrating proper exercise,techniques, planning a basic fitness program, and,teaching others the basics of an exercise program.,As a result of participating in this course,,students are prepared to challenge a nationally,accredited certification in resistance training,instruction.


Course Code:KINE-2245

Athletic Therapy

Students develop knowledge and technical skills,in the theoretical and applied practices of,athletic therapy related to physical activity and,sport. These skills include prevention of,athletic injury, assessment of injury to,athletes, acute-injury management, rehabilitation,of athletic injuries, and a safe return to,competitive sport.


Course Code:KINE-2249

Exercise Programming for Special,Populations

Investigate methods and strategies for the design,and development of exercise programs for a,variety of health conditions and special,populations.


Course Code:KINE-2256

Modes and Methods of Physical,Conditioning I

This course investigates modes and methods of,physical conditioning used when developing,exercise programs for the healthy adult,population. Emphasis is placed on various modes,and methods used to improve the cardiovascular and,musculoskeletal systems. At the end of the course,it is expected that students can demonstrate,,teach, and adapt modes and methods to suit,individual client needs.


Course Code:KINE-2260

Modes and Methods of Physical,Conditioning Ii

This course investigates modes and methods of,physical conditioning used when designing exercise,programs both for improving health and human,performance in clients who have training,experience. Emphasis is placed on modes and,methods to improve work capacity, muscular,endurance, hypertrophy, strength, power, and,speed. At the end of the course it is expected,that students are able to demonstrate, teach, and,adapt exercises and activities to suit individual,client needs.


Course Code:KINE-2263

Exercise Programming I,

Learn the theory and develop the skills required,to prepare exercise programs for the healthy adult,population. Students will learn how to pre-screen,clients for physical activity, identify current,activity levels, and gain experience in,administering health-related and,performance-related assessments of:,flexibility/range of motion, body composition,,cardiorespiratory fitness, balance, muscular,endurance, muscular strength, and power. Students,will learn how to interpret assessment data and,use this data to develop client-centered exercise,programs. This course assists in preparing,students to challenge select professional,certification examinations.


Course Code:KINE-2265

Exercise Programming II,

Learn the theory and develop the skills required,to prepare exercise programs for clients with,specific training goals, sports, or demanding,occupations. Topics include sport and,occupational physiology, performance assessment, ,periodization/prescription theory, program design,principles for anaerobic and aerobic training,goals, musculoskeletal goals, concurrent training,goals, sound dietary strategies to support,training, and a review of professional and ethical,practice.


Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard,first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),skills from a certified trainer. As required by,regulation, this course covers CPR and the,management of other breathing, airway and,circulation emergencies, as well as, the control,of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing,fractures and dislocations, head and spine,injuries, and more. Also, includes automated,external defibrilators (AED). This certification,expires in 3 years.


Course Code:NCPR-1015

Professional Internship Preparation

Internship is the cooperative educational,component of the program in which students are,required to complete a work term in the industry., Prior to beginning an internship placement,,there are a number of activites and requirements,that should be addressed in order to prepare both,students and host sites. This course is intended,to explore those activities, ensuring a smooth,and positive experience for all parties involved,in this mutually beneficial activity.


Course Code:NCPR-2020

Professional Internship

Internship is the cooperative educational,component of the program in which students are,required to complete a work term in the industry.,This internship placement provides students with,the opportunity to put into practice what they,have learned, to acquire new skills, and to gain,first hand experiences in the industry. Internship,is a cooperative relationship between the industry,placement, the student, and the program where all,parties derive benefits.


Course Code:NUTR-1254


This course is designed to provide recreation and,fitness professionals with basic nutritional,knowledge. In many cases, fitness professionals,are in a position to offer suggestions for healthy,eating. Upon completion of this course, students,have a foundational understanding of the key,components of a healthy diet, the basic principles,of general healthy eating and the ability to,distinguish between nutrition information and the,endless misinformation that circulates on social,media and beyond. Students will be able to use,that knowledge to guide clients in making,healthier lifestyle choices and in planning meals,and snacks to meet their individual sport and,fitness goals. Students will have a clear,understanding of scope of practice and will,recognize when to refer clients to a registered,dietitian or other appropriate health,professional.


Course Code:RECR-1110

Introduction to Leisure, Recreation and,Sport

As future professionals in this dynamic field,,familiarity with the concepts, philosophical,underpinnings, history, and the societal context,of leisure, recreation and sport is key. In this,course, students examine the role of public,,private, and volunteer sectors in the delivery of,leisure services. An understanding of the,benefits of physical activity and sport are,important aspects of this course.


Course Code:RECR-1121

Introduction to Sport and Recreation,Programming

Explore how individuals experience leisure and,examine the necessary steps to plan and create,quality leisure experiences. Review leadership,styles, strategies for managing participant,behaviour, and explore different types of,recreation activities. Learn the key elements of,risk management to create safe sport and,recreation activities. Examine activity,development differences for various stages in the,life cylce and plan activities based on various,needs.


Course Code:RECR-1149


With focus placed on recreation, sport, and,community, this course is designed to help,students reflect on leadership theories and,skills both personally and when working with,others. Personal management skills and,perspectives for enhancing communication,,proactive thinking, and conflict resolution are,explored, with particular attention given to,leadership as it relates to group dynamics.


Course Code:SOCY-2000

Sociology of Sport

Explore sport, physical activity and recreation,from a sociological perspective. Develop,critical thinking skills while considering the,social, cultural, political and economic,structures of sport in contemporary society.,Explore topics such as sociological theories of,sport, social inequalitites, sport deviance,,sport in the media, human behaviour, sport for,development and future perspectives on sport in,society.


Take - 1 course(s) from the following, minimum grade: 60%

Course Code:BUSI-2050


Entrepreneurship education is the process of,providing individuals with the concepts and,skills to recognize opportunities that others,have overlooked, and to have the insight and,self-esteem to act where others have hesitated.,This course includes instruction in opportunity,recognition, obtaining resources, and initiating,a business venture. It also provides instruction,in business management processes such as business,planning, capital development, marketing, and,financial analysis. Students will have the,opportunity to summarize much of what they have,learned by researching and completing a business,plan for a specific enterprise.,


Course Code:MATH-1289

Introduction to Calculus

This course is designed to provide students,entering natural sciences, business and economics,with an introduction to calculus. Students,acquire competency in the concepts of continuity,,limits, and the derivative as an instantaneous,rate of change. Methods of determining,derivatives are introduced using both algebraic,and transcendental functions. Students,experience practical applications that emphasize,maximum/minimum problems and topics in,integration include both definite and indefinite,integrals.


Take - 1 course(s) from the following, minimum grade: 60%

Course Code:MATH-1290

Introductory Statistics

This course provides students with an,introduction to the basic concepts of descriptive,and basic probability, sampling techniques and,inferential statistics. Topics include; proper,sampling techniques, measures of center and,variation, basic probability concepts, normal,distribution, confidence intervals for means and,proportions, hypothesis testing, paired samples,as two independent samples, contingency tables,,introduction to analysis of variance, linear,regression and correlation. Students are,introduced to a statistical computer package.


Course Code:RECR-2243

Sport Facility Management

Gain an understanding of the requirements for,managing a sport and fitness facility. Learn,organization structure, staffing, daily,operations, facility planning and facility,design.


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My time at Holland College was highlighted by the exceptional instructors and the ability to make lasting connections with them and my peers due to the close-knit class sizes. The Kinesiology program enables students to excel whether they are transitioning directly into their career or continuing their education elsewhere. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in kinesiology no matter their long-term goal!

Libby, Class of 2021


Sport and Recreation Management

Prepare for a career in community development, recreation programming, facility management or sports administration/marketing. The Sport & Recreation Management program gives you the skills you need for an exciting career in the recreation or sports industry.

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

This 2-year diploma program will give you the skills to work as a rehabilitation assistant. Develop an understanding of the human body, the concept of rehabilitation, and the therapeutic interventions and modalities used to treat various conditions. Prepare for a career helping individuals regain mobility and quality of life under the guidance Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist.