By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on February 2, 2024.
Medicine Hat College has announced a new program for students interested in fitness, health, sport, rehabilitation and recreation.
Launching this fall, the two-year kinesiology diploma will provide students with the theory and experience for a career as an exercise professional, exploring topics including anatomy and physiology, nutrition, fitness assessment and exercise prescription, coaching and the prevention and management of athletic injuries.
In a release Thursday, Lori Sumners, co-ordinator for the program, says work-integrated learning is a vital component to MHC’s kinesiology diploma, providing students with the opportunity to complete a practicum in their final year and gain hands-on industry experience by working under the guidance of community professionals.
“There is certainly no doubt the critical role that physical activity and movement play in maintaining our overall health and wellness,” said Sumners. “By offering this new diploma, our students will gain strong foundational knowledge and practical skills, allowing them to serve as a valuable resource for individuals in our community.”
MHC has a history of offering students the opportunity to begin kinesiology education through the university transfer program. Students could complete the first two years of a kinesiology degree prior to transferring to a partnering university to complete the final two years.
The new diploma offer provides students the added benefit of obtaining a credential and gaining faster employment in the field, with the continued flexibility of continuing their university education, if they choose.
Sumners says kinesiology is a broad field of study, allowing students to obtain employment in a wide range of careers or use their knowledge as a stepping-stone into other health-related credentials.
Applications for fall 2024 are open until Sept. 1.