Therapeutic Recreation Diploma
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Therapeutic Recreation Diploma

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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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

  • 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 50% in Biology 30 or equivalent
  • completion of the Therapeutic Recreation Certificate program or equivalent and/or permission from the program chair is a requirement for admission to the diploma program
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Course Listing

Course listings are subject to change.

Course CodeTitleCredit
Year 1 (Certificate program) Term 1 - 16 weeks
ANPH1000 (O)
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.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COMM1001 (O)
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.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COMM2011 (O)
Explore the importance of communication skills in developing caring relationships with clients and working effectively within the health-care team. Learn to vary your communication techniques and methods in different situations. Explore various concepts and principles of therapeutic communication and consider their implications for professional practice. Transfer: AU
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
RHAB1001 (O)
Learn the fundamental concepts and theories specific to rehabilitation and gain an introduction to the field of rehabilitation medicine. Examine the common practices and unique roles of physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, and occupational therapy, and explore the skills, roles, and traits of the therapy assistant.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
WELL1000 (O)
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.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Year 1 (Certificate program) Term 2 - 16 weeks
ASCL1000
In this hands-on laboratory-based course, you will become familiar with the knowledge and skill procedures you need to safely care for individuals. Learn about the importance of mobility to one’s health, as well as the skills required to safely and comfortably meet the client’s mobility needs. You will also learn the importance of observation, practice planning, and documenting the care given to the client.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 45 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
DEMC1011 (O)
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.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PATH1010 (O)
This course focuses on the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders. It gives learners a foundation for understanding the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. The course includes 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, etiology, and complications. Learners will gain a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
TRDC1010 (O)
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.
  • 60 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
4
TRDC1020 (O)
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.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
2
Year 1 (Certificate program) Term 3 - 8 weeks
RPRT1001
During this practicum opportunity, you will be introduced to a therapeutic recreation setting and the role of a therapeutic recreation certificate graduate in providing recreation therapy to clients. Throughout this experience, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of wellness through leisure, common client conditions, assisting clients, program session planning, and program implementation under the supervision of a recreation therapist. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 320 Work Experience
11
Year 2 (Diploma program) Term 4 - 16 weeks
ENGL2510 (O)
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
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEED1000 (O)
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.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Elective3
TRDC2002
Learn how a recreation therapist systematically designs accountable intervention programs to allow clients to meet specific outcomes. Gain valuable practice in designing a variety of functional intervention, leisure education, and recreation participation programs with measurable and meaningful outcomes for your clients.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Year 2 (Diploma program) Term 5 - 16 weeks
TRDC2001
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.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
LEAD2000
Gain valuable knowledge and skills needed to become an effective leader. This course focuses on team leadership, resource management, and professional development.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
TRDC2003
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.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Elective3
Year 2 (Diploma program) Term 6 - 8 weeks
RPRT2001
During this practicum opportunity, you will be introduced to a therapeutic recreation setting and the role of a therapeutic recreation certificate graduate in providing recreation therapy to clients. Throughout this experience, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of wellness through leisure, common client conditions, assisting clients, program session planning, and program implementation under the supervision of a recreation therapist. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 320 Work Experience
11

Additional note

Courses marked with (O) are available as Open Studies courses.

Electives in the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma program

An elective option is provided to enhance or specialize the student’s learning in their post-secondary program.

Students may choose any three credit Open Studies course (or a combination of Open Studies courses totaling three credits) as an elective. Students should be aware that not all courses will have university transfer credit and are advised to check with the program area prior to registering for electives.

Students may apply for transfer credit from approved post-secondary work completed at another institution. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that electives are approved for their program of study, and that they complete prior to clinical placement.

A student's choice of electives may affect transferability to therapeutic recreation degree programs. Students should consult with the program chair for academic advice before selecting options.