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Professional Kinesiology


This certificate represents a coordinated program of study on a full- or part-time basis in the settings in which kinesiologists typically find employment. The program provides in-depth knowledge in the functions and adaptations of the healthy human body at rest and during physical exertion, and practical skills for assessing and prescribing exercise to enhance health, fitness, performance, or rehabilitation.

Admission Requirements

Admission is governed by the University's admissions regulations. After University admission, submission of a completed program approval form to the Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology academic advisor is required for formal acceptance in the program.

The certificate is normally completed within five years of admission to the certificate program.

Completion of the courses will provide students with the academic and practical experience required to challenge the following external certifications:

  • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Fitness Knowledge
  • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Weight Training Instructor
  • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Personal Training
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer
  • Functional Movement Screen - Level 1

Units applied to one SFU certificate may not be applied to another certificate or diploma.

Prerequisite and Required Course Grades

Students enrolling in biomedical physiology and kinesiology courses must have a grade of C- or better in prerequisite courses. Students enrolled in this certificate program must have a grade of C- or better in all required and prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

Students complete all of

BPK 110 - Human Nutrition: Current Issues (3)

An introduction of the principles of human nutrition with an emphasis on topics of current interest. The material is presented in a Canadian context to focus on nutrition practices and problems in this country. Students will gain an understanding of factors affecting food selection and the role of nutrition in maintaining good health. Students will develop the ability to discriminate between reliable and unreliable information on the subject of food and nutrition. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Leanne Ramer
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3255, Burnaby
D102 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
D103 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
D104 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
BPK 143 - Exercise: Health and Performance (3)

Introduces the student to exercise physiology. Focuses on personal exercise prescription to improve aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Also discusses athletic conditioning, e.g. speed and power training. The effects of nutritional and environmental factors on exercise and the role of exercise in weight control and stress management are considered. Prerequisite: Recommended: Medical clearance from a personal physician. BPK major and honours students who have taken BPK 141 must also take BPK 143. For students taking both of these courses, credit will only be given for BPK 143. Breadth-Science.

BPK 180W - Introduction to Ergonomics (3)

Intended for students with a potential interest in ergonomics or human factors. The course surveys the design of work, the workplace environment, information systems, and consumer products. Topics include musculoskeletal disorders, manual materials handling, workplace design, organization of work, design of human/machine interfaces, environmental ergonomics, industrial design, and legal and social issues. Prerequisite: Grade 12 Biology or Physics, Grade 12 Math. Students with credit for BPK 180 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

BPK 241 - Sports Injuries - Prevention and Rehabilitation (3) +

Includes delineation of the role of the sports therapist and will study the structural and functional characteristics of the body with regard to the prevention of injury in sport. A first aid approach to athletic injuries will be developed with practical experience in routine treatments. Prerequisite: BPK 142.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCK 8605, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 8605, Burnaby
D103 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 8605, Burnaby
BPK 303 - Assessment of Movement and Function (3) +

Clinical orthopedic assessment involves measurements of the human body to determine its capability for function and movement. The theoretical background, practical application and assessment for topics including anthropometrics, posture, balance, range of motion, strength, motor and sensory function, coordination and balance, and walking and running gait will be investigated. Prerequisite: BPK 201, BPK 241 and STAT 201 or an equivalent statistics course.

BPK 310 - Exercise/Work Physiology (3) +

The study of human physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise/work. Cardiorespiratory, cellular and metabolic adaptations will be studied and discussed in detail. Prerequisite: BPK 205, MBB 201 (or 231). Recommended: BPK 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Ryan Peter Dill
BPK 326 - Functional Anatomy (4) +

A detailed study of human anatomy with emphasis on clinically relevant applications in health, injury and disease. Virtual cadaver dissection, comparative laboratory work, and an introduction to medical imaging emphasize the layered, three-dimensional organization of the human body. Participation in all labs is required. Prerequisite: Admission to the major or honours program in Behavioural Neuroscience or Biomedical Physiology or Kinesiology. BPK 142, 201, 205 and at least 60 units. Behavioral Neuroscience Major and Honours students require BPK 142, 205, PSYC 280 and at least 60 units. BPK major and honours students who have taken BPK 325 must also take BPK 326. For students taking both of these courses, credit will only be given for BPK 326.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Leanne Ramer
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 Mo, We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
SSCK 9618, Burnaby
D102 Mo, We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 9618, Burnaby
BPK 340 - Active Health: Behavior and Promotion (3) +

Relationships among health, physical activity, and other health-associated behaviors are examined. In addition, the theories and models of health behavior, in the context of intervention and promotion strategies, are discussed. Pertinent background information is provided, concerning the influence of fitness on various disease states, as well as the epidemiology of health and exercise behaviors. Prerequisite: BPK 142, STAT 201 (or PSYC 201). Recommended: BPK 140.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jim Carter
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
BPK 343 - Active Health: Assessment and Programming (3) +

An extension of BPK 143, Exercise: Health and Performance, designed to provide students with an opportunity to appreciate principles of exercise leadership, assess individual fitness needs, design programs and monitor effects of prescribed exercise. The course includes a 34 hour unpaid practicum with an industry partner. The partner may require the student to enter into (1) a confidentiality agreement and (2) an Intellectual property agreement the result of which will be that the SFU Intellectual Policy R 30.03 will not apply to the intellectual property created by the student during the practicum. By registering for the course, each student acknowledges that it is aware of these requirements and understands that their entering into these agreements may be a requirement to complete the applicable course work. Prerequisite: BPK 142, 143 and 205; STAT 201 or an equivalent statistics course, BPK 340 (may be taken concurrently). Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check prior to enrolling. BPK major and honours students who have taken BPK 342 must also take BPK 343. For students taking both of these courses, credit will only be given for BPK 343. Quantitative.

and one of

BPK 443 - Advanced Exercise Programming (3)

This course covers evidence-based practice and quantitative modeling skills for prescribing effective exercise programs to any individual who has a specific health, rehabilitation or performance goal. Programming considerations for various special populations (e.g., those with chronic disease, elite athletes) will be emphasized through laboratory-based case studies representing diverse professional settings such as active rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and clinical exercise physiology. Prerequisite: BPK 304W, 310 and 343 (one of which may be taken as a corequisite). Students with credit for BPK 344 or BPK 423-Advanced Exercise Prescription may not take this course for further credit.

BPK 481 - Musculoskeletal Disorders (3)

Provides an in-depth understanding of musculoskeletal conditions through the interpretation of patient case studies. An evidence-based practice model will be incorporated to support the use of clinical diagnostic tests and to design client-centered rehabilitation programs. Exposure to populations including but not limited to motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, postoperative, sport, and paediatrics. Prerequisite: BPK 303 and 326.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 9655, Burnaby

+courses have additional prerequisites

A minimum 2.50 CGPA calculated on courses counting toward the certificate is required for graduation.

The following documentation must be provided to and approved by the BPK Department Advisor prior to applying for graduation.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology (or completion of requirements for graduation)
  • A current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
  • A current First Aid Certificate
  • Student membership in the BC Association of Kinesiologists
  • Successful granting of at least one of the following external personal training certifications
    • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Personal Training
    • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer
  • Completion of eight months of cooperative education in a related area approved by the BPK co-operative education coordinator, or equivalent. Students are required to apply to the BPK advisor to have outside employment evaluated as the equivalent for this requirement.

Please note that credits applied to the Professional Kinesiology Certificate may not be applied to the Occupational Ergonomics Certificate or any other certificate offered at Simon Fraser University. For those who wish to complete both the Professional Kinesiology Certificate AND the Occupational Ergonomics Certificate, it is best to consult the BPK Advisor for assistance in course planning.