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What is a Kinesiologist?

According to the Ontario Kinesiology Association, “kinesiology is the science of human movement, applying the latest evidenced-based research to improve function, health and wellness of people in all settings and populations.” Kinesiologists “apply the principles of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and psychomotor behaviour” in their work.

From disease and injury prevention to rehabilitation and recovery, kinesiologists work in a variety of ways to support health, function and performance of their clients.

They work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Sports and recreation clubs and facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Homes
  • Private practice
Source: http://www.oka.on.ca/site/what-is-kinesiology
  • The average Kinesiologist salary in Canada is $52,000 per year or $26.67 per hour.
  • Entry level positions start at $28,275 per year.
  • Most experienced workers make up to $88,400 per year.
Source: http://neuvoo.ca/salary/?job=kinesiologist
Schooling Entry Requirements

There are a number of degree programs offered at universities throughout Ontario, each with their own admission requirements. Minimum grade averages for admission vary from 70-90%.

While the required courses vary by admission, English, Biology and Math are required by most schools, with a strong suggestion that applicants have additional sciences (commonly Chemistry and Physics) and/or math courses, as well.


Kinesiology is typically a four-year science degree. Many degree programs include a placement or practicum component.

Note that the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario also accepts four-year degrees from similar fields, including physical education and human kinetics.

Schooling Options

There are many universities in Ontario that offer kinesiology programs. They include:

  • Brock University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Guelph
  • Queens University
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Waterloo
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Toronto


Professional Requirements

Registered kinesiologists must submit a vulnerable sector police check to the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.

Professional Body

College of Kinesiologists of Ontario is the regulatory body for the profession in Ontario. To become registered, you must pass an exam and pay a fee. Once you are a member of the College of Kinesiologists, you will have to work to maintain your membership through self-assessment, professional development, and other quality assurance activities.


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