NAIT partners with University of Regina to offer new pathway opportunities in human kinetics

Published on February 16, 2024

Personal Fitness Trainer students have a new option for advancing their education thanks to a new transfer agreement between the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and the University of Regina. 

Students who successfully complete NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer program with a minimum GPA of 2.0 can enroll in the third year of the Bachelor of Kinesiology in Human Kinetics program at the University of Regina. This transfer agreement is valid for students who graduated on or after April 30, 2021, should they choose to advance their education. 

“We’re very excited about this partnership with University of Regina’s Human Kinetics program,” says Kate Andrews, NAIT Personal Fitness Trainer program chair. “This will provide our graduates an easily accessible pathway to build on the strong base knowledge they obtain at NAIT, allowing them to pursue careers beyond the fitness industry in sectors such as healthcare and advanced athletics.” 

“We are pleased to recognize that NAIT’s fitness trainer program provides knowledge and skills directly transferable to our program and look forward to welcoming their graduates seeking to continue their professional development,” said the U of R’s Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies Dr. Harold Riemer. “Our Bachelor of Kinesiology program, and our faculty, are committed to helping students achieve their academic, learning and careers goals with hands-on and flexible learning opportunities.” 

For over 25 years, NAIT’s Personal Fitness program has been providing a comprehensive curriculum that covers the hands-on practice of physical training and safe exercise, and the knowledge of exercise science, nutrition, lifestyle counselling, marketing, and business management. Graduates go on to have fruitful careers in personal fitness training and coaching, with many becoming successful business owners. The new agreement with the University of Regina provides additional options for graduates once they leave NAIT. 

The U of R’s Human Kinetics major prepares students to work in a wide variety of areas including social and physical rehabilitation, sport, adapted physical activity, education, fitness and high performance training, health promotion, and gerontology among others. The program focuses on individual and community-based programming, and developing a strong understanding of physiology, biomechanics and movement behaviour. Students will also learn about disability and the relationship to physical activity, assessment and rehabilitation. 

About the University of Regina 

2024 marks our 50th anniversary as an independent University (although our roots as Regina College date back more than a century!). As we celebrate our past, we work towards a future that is as limitless as the prairie horizon. We support the health and well-being of our 16,700 students and provide them with hands-on learning opportunities to develop career-ready graduates. Our research enterprise has grown to include 21 research centres and 12 Canada Research Chairs and brings in more than $51.2 million in funding annually. Our campuses are on Treaties 4 and 6 - the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda peoples, and the homeland of the Michif/Métis nation. We seek to grow our relationships with Indigenous communities to build a more inclusive future.  

Let’s go far, together. 

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads help fuel the economic engine of the province. NAIT also contributes to Alberta's prosperity by helping businesses and communities become more competitive through industry-driven applied research and corporate training. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, industry partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
 

Media inquiries

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NAIT Media Relations
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