The Human Kinetics program provides students with a two-year, four-semester program of study. The program is based on a core of university transfer courses that allow students the option of transferring into Bachelor degree programs in Physical Education, Kinesiology or Human Kinetics at other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and elsewhere.
The program includes a solid foundation of introductory study in the art and science of human movement. Students will learn principles, theories and practices in the areas of health and wellness, sport sociology, sport psychology, motor learning, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor development, and human anatomy and physiology. The curriculum will reflect a growing need in society for practitioners skilled at supporting healthy lifestyle choices and/or leading quality sport programs for children and youth.
Integrated throughout the program, students will 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.
To complete the program in two years, students will enrol in fifteen (15) credits for each of four semesters. Students may also choose to pursue part-time studies and complete the program over a longer period of time. Students will plan course selections based on their area of interest and future goals and will register for courses individually. Three streams are outlined below: Health and Fitness; Health and Physical Education; and, Kinesiology and Health Science.
At the completion of the program outlined for the Health and Fitness stream, students will be eligible to apply for industry credentials as a British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Registered Personal Trainer and/or a Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Certified Personal Trainer. This will prepare students to lead fitness activities and provide fitness and lifestyle counselling services to apparently health individuals. Please note that students must apply to external agencies to obtain these industry credentials. External agencies may require students to complete additional written examinations and/or practical competency evaluations and pay additional fees.
Regular Applicants: Regular applicants have graduated from a secondary school or equivalent, or are currently enrolled in Grade 12.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Health and Social Development
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