Therapeutic Recreation Diploma
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Therapeutic Recreation Diploma (2020-2021)

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

STARTLOCATIONDELIVERYSTATUS
SepEdmontonIn person
OnlineOnline w/ in-person labs
JanOnlineOnline w/ in-person labs
MayOnlineOnline w/ in-person labs
Open
Limited
Waitlist
Full
Upcoming
 
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QUICK FACTS

Program length

2 years

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $11,574.00

International
Total: $31,334.00

 
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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2
    • 50% in ESLG 1860 or 70% in ESLG 1898
  • Biology – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 50% in Biology 30
  • completion of a Therapeutic Recreation certificate program or equivalent and/or permission from the program chair
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This program information is not for the current academic year. If you are interested in a program starting before July, view the current academic year of the program.

Overview

Learn how to enhance your clients’ quality of life through leisure activities. Gain knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate individual and group therapeutic recreation and social activities, and explore the concepts, theory, and practical experiences related to leadership and critical thinking.

The program will prepare you to work with a variety of client groups in different care settings.

Both a certificate and diploma are available:

  • The certificate year (Year 1) focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement, and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities. Available through on-campus instruction, hybrid delivery, or online education
  • The diploma year (Year 2) focuses on the concepts, theory, and practical experiences related to leadership and critical thinking in order to prepare graduates to work as a Recreation Therapist. Available through on-campus instruction, hybrid delivery, or online education.

Currently the Therapeutic Recreation diploma is recognized as meeting the requirements for entry to practice for professional membership status with the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). 
Effective April 1, 2021, ATRA will require new applicants for professional membership to have a degree in therapeutic recreation or recreation/leisure studies.

Therapeutic recreation professionals wishing to meet ATRA standards are welcome to contact the program area to apply for enrolment in individual courses, but are advised to first contact ATRA@alberta-tr.org to determine specific course needs.

Many students choose the Therapeutic Recreation diploma with a goal to complete a degree. See Future Opportunities for information about degree programs and transferability.

Student Success

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

  • are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands.
  • have access to a vehicle to travel to complete their clinical practice.
  • have access to a computer and basic computer skills

Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the therapeutic recreation occupation.

Working in therapeutic recreation, you must be able to:

  • work shifts and weekends
  • be on your feet for extended periods of time
  • use your knees, back, and arms to move clients who have minimal body strength
  • be comfortable taking a leadership role in groups of all sizes
  • work with clients of all ages, cultures, and genders
  • function effectively independently, on a team, and in stressful situations
  • demonstrate adaptability and critical thinking skills

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes two practicums totalling 640 hours.

Location

Edmonton, Online