Graduate Diploma in Professional Kinesiology

The School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University offers a one-year Graduate Diploma in Professional Kinesiology program, which is specifically designed to provide advanced academic opportunities for professional training and clinical skill upgrading for current and future practitioners of Kinesiology. Through the Graduate Diploma, individuals will be given advanced training in the specific areas of Professional Kinesiology that will enable them to work within the scope of practice for a Registered Kinesiologist as established by the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.

The Program

The diploma program will be offered over a 12-month time frame commencing in September and is intended for full-time students only. The program will include four online half-courses, four on-site practical half courses, and a full-course internship.

The four online courses will be presented throughout the 12-month period and are designed to commence approximately one month prior to the corresponding practical course. Online courses will be offered through a facilitated online delivery approach commencing in October, January, April and June.

The four on-site practical courses are held throughout the 12-month term. They introduce and review specific skills and information related to the practice of Kinesiology, and correlate with the online course content. Practical courses include approximately 36 hours of instruction over 4 days. A 4-hour session is held Wednesday evening. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will include 10 hours each day. The course will conclude with a final 4-hour session Sunday morning. Practical courses will scheduled in November, February (or 1st weekend in March), May and July and are held at the Thunder Bay campus. Students are required to complete practical course assignments to satisfy the evaluation component of each course.

The practicum requirement will include at least 200 hours over the course of the year. Acceptable placement opportunities will be arranged through collaborative efforts of the practicum coordinator and the student based on interests of the student and approved by the practicum coordinator.


Five FCE courses are required to fulfill the requirements for graduation. The required practicum course (Kinesiology 5380) is equivalent to one FCE course. Other required half-courses include:

  • KINE 5310 - Clinical Assessment for Kinesiologists
  • KINE 5315 - Clinical Assessment Practical
  • KINE 5330 - Therapeutic Exercise Prescription
  • KINE 5335 - Therapeutic Exercise Prescription Practical
  • KINE 5350 - Exercise Prescription for Clients with Chronic Disease/Disorder
  • KINE 5355 - Exercise Prescription for Clients with Chronic Disease/Disorder Practical
  • KINE 5370 - Business, Ethics, and Risk Management Issues
  • KINE 5375 - The Practice of Kinesiology


Admission to the program is consistent with Lakehead University’s policy for admission to Graduate Programs. Students must successfully complete a four year degree in Kinesiology, Human Kinetics or a related degree, with a minimum 70% overall average based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent. Prospective students must provide proof of valid certification in CPR-C and standard first aid.

Information on the application process to the Graduate Diploma in Kinesiology is available on the Graduate Studies website.  Applications are currently being accepted for September.  Review of applications will begin after February 1st, and will continue until the program limit of 25 spots is reached.