Douglas College launches B.C.’s first post-degree diploma in kinesiology tailored to meet new professional requirements

Douglas College’s new Post-Degree Diploma (PDD) in Kinesiology will prepare future Kinesiology grads to meet the upcoming professional standards set by the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) to become a practicing kinesiologist in the province. 

Starting in September, the PDD in Kinesiology will be B.C.’s only credential that aligns directly with the changing requirements of BCAK, including professional writing, interdisciplinary care and 100 hours of practical hands-on work experience. 

“The dynamic curriculum will empower students to become B.C.’s next generation of leading kinesiology professionals,” said Karine Hamm, Kinesiology Program Coordinator. “I have no doubt that our grads will shape the future of kinesiology in the province.” 

With a hands-on focus on client intake, assessment skills and exercise prescription, the applied program delivers a professional kinesiology education with an emphasis on practical experience across 10 applied courses. 

“Our instructors are practicing kinesiologists who ensure our students are prepared to demonstrate their skills in context, not just on a resumé,” said Dominique Falls, Sport Science Department Chair. “The integrated work placements connect students with potential future employers early on in their educational journeys, making them job-ready upon graduation.” 

Both recent Kinesiology grads and mid-career professionals who are not yet BCAK members are encouraged to apply to the program to upgrade their existing skills with a credential uniquely tailored to meet the needs of an evolving industry. 

Those interested in registering for this program can apply online through Douglas College’s website or they can contact program coordinator Karine Hamm for more details. 

Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in B.C., combining the academic foundations of a university and the employer-ready skills of a college to graduate resilient global citizens who adapt, innovate and lead in a changing world. 

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