PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
- Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
- Biology – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
- 50% in Biology 30
You must complete 27 courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|ANPH1000 (O)|| Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology |
Study the basics of normal anatomy and physiology. The structure and function of each body system is covered, and the relationship between the structure and function of each system is explored. Learn about the interactions of body systems.
|COMM1001 (O)|| Introduction to Communications |
Explore the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Examine effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others and enhance critical thinking skills. Learn and apply theories related to communication climate, groups, teams, conflict management, and problem solving.
|ENGL2510 (O)|| Scientific and Technical Writing |
This technical writing course prepares students with the skills required for writing in professional contexts. Students will learn to produce documents reflecting different types and styles of technical communication, including technical descriptions, proposals, reports, online documents, and instruction manuals. Students will also learn to organize information, write clearly and concisely, rigorously edit their work, cite sources appropriately, and apply APA formatting to a variety of documents. In addition, students will examine effective document design and the use of visual aids, and will be required to create and deliver presentations based on these principles. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
|RHAB1001 (O)|| Introduction to Rehabilitation |
Learn the fundamental concepts and theories specific to rehabilitation and gain an introduction to the field of interdisciplinary rehabilitation practice. Examine the common practices and unique roles of physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy. Students will explore the skills, roles, and traits of the therapy assistant within the interdisciplinary team.
|WELL1000 (O)|| Wellness Through Leisure |
Further your understanding of the field of therapeutic recreation and learn about the models of care in the therapeutic recreation process that guide service delivery. Discuss the Leisure Ability Model as a framework to service, with a focus on promoting a client’s wellness through goal-oriented leisure activities.
|TRDC1003|| Therapeutic Recreation: Preparation for Practice |
This course will prepare students for success in the therapeutic recreation diploma. Students will be introduced to time management, professional practice, academic integrity, and learning plans.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|HEED1000 (O)|| Health Education: Individual Health and Wellness |
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
|DEMC1011 (O)|| Dementia Studies |
This is a creative and dynamic approach to dementia care that is suitable for caregivers, both formal and informal, in a variety of care settings. Comprehensive information about dementia from diagnosis to end stage is discussed in a practical and interactive manner.
|PATH1020|| Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation |
This course focuses on the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders commonly encountered in the field of rehabilitation. Learners gain a foundation for understanding the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. The course explores common disease entities as examples of pathological processes. Each pathological process is explained as a concept and illustrated by typical diseases and disorders. Disease is discussed in terms of manifestations, causes, and complications. Learners will acquire a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
|TRDC1010|| Therapeutic Recreation: Intervention Programming Theory |
Explore the stages of program development, implementation, and evaluation for clients of a variety of life stages, cultures, and conditions. You will focus on the assistant’s role in the therapeutic recreation process. Learn best practices for selecting activities, engaging clients in active participation, and observing, reporting, documenting, and evaluating responses to a variety of intervention programs. Individual, small group, and large group intervention programs will be reviewed.
|TRDC1020|| Therapeutic Recreation: Intervention Lab |
In this lab course, you will gain hands-on experience in therapeutic recreation intervention planning, delivery, evaluation, and documentation. This lab will focus on the assistant's role in the therapeutic recreation process working with clients of all cultures, ages, conditions, and genders.
|TRDC1004|| Therapeutic Recreation: Community Service Learning I |
The concept of community and its connection to therapeutic recreation practice are introduced in this course. Students will develop practical skills to access community leisure resources to promote client wellness. This course will prepare students for a 120-hour community service learning placement.
|Term 3 - 8 weeks|
|ASCL1000|| Assisting Clients I |
This course is a combination of theory and lab-based hands-on skills. Students will acquire the knowledge and abilities required by a recreation therapy assistant (RTA) to deliver safe and competent services to clients, including mobility, nutrition, and personal care. Students will learn the skills required to implement safe and effective client care and the proper use of equipment within the RTA scope of practice. They will also become proficient in observation and planning with regard to anticipating client care needs.
|COMM2001|| Communication and Collaboration in Health Care |
Acquire the skills to collaborate as an effective member of an interdisciplinary health-care team by learning about team functional roles, communication strategies, conflict management, and cultural competency. Adapt communication strategies to perform client interviews and develop effective therapeutic relationships. Participate in simulated clinical and interprofessional situations to practise strategies and apply knowledge acquired in the theory component. All students taking this course will be required to attend the scheduled in-person lab(s) at NorQuest College Edmonton campus.
|TRDC1007|| Therapeutic Recreation: Community Service Learning II |
This introductory course provides students with the opportunity to explore recreation and leisure services offered in the community. Students will complete a 120-hour community service learning placement that includes researching community resources, agencies, and services, as well as hands-on experience in a community recreation setting. Students will critically reflect on their experiences and the importance of community leisure.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|TRDC2001|| Therapeutic Recreation: Client Assessment |
Explore the therapeutic recreation assessment process that determines the client intervention plan. Study principles and tools of measurement, the use of valid and reliable assessment tools, and the process of developing agency-specific measurements. Practise leading effective assessment interviews and conducting systematic client observation as a part of the assessment process.
|PSYC1060 (O)|| Principles of Psychology |
This course introduces the scientific study of behaviour and human development. You will learn terminology and theoretical concepts common to psychology. You will learn about the dominant theories in psychology today and the scientific process. You will also learn about human development across the lifespan; processes of the mind including consciousness, learning, and memory, cognition and intelligence, emotion and motivation; and social behaviour. The concepts of stress and health and psychological health and illness are introduced. Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
|TRDC2002|| Therapeutic Recreation: Program Design |
In this course, you will learn how to systematically design accountable therapeutic recreation intervention programs that allow clients to meet specific outcomes. Following the Therapeutic Recreation Accountability Model, you will develop a comprehensive program plan with measurable and meaningful outcomes for your clients.
|TRDC2005|| Therapeutic Recreation: Intercultural Care Across the Lifespan |
This course furthers the student’s understanding of culturally competent therapeutic recreation practice across the lifespan. It will examine the role that therapeutic recreation plays in providing person-centred care to clients of all cultures and ages. Human development, health promotion, maintenance, adaptations, and culture competence are explored.
|Term 5 - 16 weeks|
|LEAD2000|| Team Leadership and Professionalism |
Gain valuable knowledge and skills needed to become an effective leader. This course focuses on team leadership, resource management, and professional development.
|TRDC2003|| Therapeutic Recreation: Evidence Based Program Planning and Facilitation Project |
In this course, you will work with a faculty advisor in designing an extensive term project that utilizes current research in therapeutic recreation facilitation techniques and/or interventions. In doing so, you will further your understanding of evidence-based practice, increase your research skills, and explore the practical applicaton of research to program planning and facilitation.
|TRDC2006|| Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health |
This course will examine the areas of mental health and cognition as they relate to therapeutic recreation intervention. Students will gain knowledge of common mental health conditions and disorders of cognition, and explore evidence on how therapeutic recreation positively impacts the mental health of clients. Students will complete the Mental Health First Aid certificate as a part of this course.
|TRDC2007|| Therapeutic Recreation: Integrated Practice |
In this problem-based course, students will explore common practice scenarios through a series of client-centred case studies. Current issues and trends in the field will be incorporated as students explore interdisciplinary team collaboration, advanced documentation, and ethical dilemmas.
|TRDC2008|| Therapeutic Recreation: Therapeutic Advanced Lab Skills |
This advanced lab skills course will give students the opportunity to apply the practical skills necessary to successfully complete their 320-hour clinical placement. The skills practiced in this lab-based course will integrate theory learned throughout the Therapeutic Recreation program and allow students to demonstrate practical skills in client assessment, leadership, self-reflection, safety, program evaluation, and communication with clients, care partners, and the interdisciplinary team.
|MHAD1007 (O)|| Mental Health First Aid |
This course will provide you with certification from Mental Health First Aid Canada. Learn to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health issues in adult and youth populations, initiate responses when help is needed and support a person to get appropriate professional help. Find more details at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca
|Term 6 - 8 weeks|
|RPRT2000|| Therapeutic Recreation Practicum |
In this practicum, students will experience the roles of a therapeutic recreation team in a recreation therapy setting. They will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and skills in the various roles while working with common client conditions and providing client assessment, program design, implementation, and evaluation, and leading therapeutic programs as well as recreation teams. Working under the supervision of a recreation therapist, students will apply the skills learned in their courses in the various roles on a therapeutic recreation team.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.
Elective: One three-credit undergraduate university transfer course offered at NorQuest College or elsewhere.
Credits needed for full-time status: 9 credits per term