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
The Therapeutic Recreation diploma program will prepare students to work with a variety of clients in many different health-care settings. Students will explore the impact of recreation and leisure on individual wellness and how to enhance the quality of life for clients through leisure activities. Students will gain knowledge and skills in program planning, client assessment, implementing individual and group activities, and working with a variety of different client populations. Students will explore the concepts, theory and practical experiences related to leadership and critical thinking.
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 who wish to meet ATRA standards are welcome to take individual courses through Open Studies. You are advised to first contact ATRA@alberta-tr.org to determine specific course needs, and then apply for Open Studies. After applying, you can contact the program chair at 780.644.6300 to request enrolment in specific courses.
Many students choose the Therapeutic Recreation diploma program with a goal to complete a degree. See Future Opportunities for information about degree programs and transferability.
Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:
- enjoy working with people of all ages and varying abilities
- are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands
- 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
This program includes a practicum totalling 320 hours and 120 hours of community service learning.