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Kinesiology Advanced Entry - OTA and PTA

Degree Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Six semester (full-time)
Program load Full-time
Health Sciences

Admission requirements: An Ontario college diploma (or equivalent) in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) and Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA) with a minimum B average.

General information

This program is directed toward understanding the role and safe application of exercise for health maintenance, improvement and rehabilitation. You will be prepared to become a kinesiology practitioner who can safely prescribe individualized exercise programs to improve or maintain the health, functional capacity and overall well-being of a range of healthy and clinical populations.

Kinesiology is now a regulated health profession in Ontario. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to function as a health professional and to write the competency exam to become a registered kinesiologist. You will take courses and have hands-on learning opportunities that will prepare you to complete theory and practical examinations leading to Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology certifications (Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Exercise Physiologist).

Students will enter the generalist program; however, they can take courses from both Health and Wellness and Exercise Science as electives as long as they have the pre-requisites.

Students have access to new, modern buildings, libraries and innovative labs including:

  • Kinesiology Teaching Laboratory
  • Motor Behaviour and Physical Activity Laboratory

Additional information

Kinesiology Diploma-to-Degree on the Faculty of Health Sciences website

College-to-university transfer website

Admission requirements

An Ontario college diploma in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) and Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA) with a minimum mid-70s average. It is recommended for students to have completed Biology (SBI4U) or a post-secondary equivalent.

Note: Admission is competitive. Regardless of educational background, all applicants to undergraduate programs must have specific prerequisite subject knowledge for their intended program of study. The specific average or standing required for admission will vary from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria, including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Transfer credit

In recognition of your diploma, you will receive 10 courses toward your 40-course BHSc in Kinesiology degree.
Last year's cut-off 74 per cent
Expected cut-off Mid-70s

Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Altered Physiology: Mechanisms of Disease I
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Professional Ethics & Communication in Kinesiology
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Human Motor Control and Learning
  • Exercise Rehabilitation I: Cardiac, Respiratory and Metabolic Conditions
  • Exercise Rehabilitation II: Integrated Case Studies
  • Advanced Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • Nutrition and Health

A full program map is available on the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

Students at the university have many different opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings. With more than 300 industry and community partner organizations, students have a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities available to them.

As a student in this major, you will have the opportunity to seek applied internship opportunities in your fourth year of studies.

Career opportunities

  • Certified exercise physiologist (CSEP-CEP)
  • Ergonomics specialist
  • Fitness and health promotion
  • Medical equipment supply and consulting
  • Orthotics and prosthetics (after further study)
  • Professional programs such as medicine, occupational and physical therapy, and chiropractic
  • Registered kinesiologist
  • Sports management
  • Strength and conditioning coach
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