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Therapeutic Recreation

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.

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What to expect from the program

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.

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

Graduate with experience

NorQuest College believes in the importance of on-the-job experience that provides an enriched learning opportunity.

You’ll graduate this program with 440 hours of work experience from two practicums.

Additional information

This program allows students to meet the requirements for supporting membership status with the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). ATRA needs new applicants for professional membership to have a degree in therapeutic recreation.

Therapeutic recreation professionals who wish to meet ATRA standards are welcome to take individual courses through Open Studies. You are advised to first email 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.

What to expect as a recreational therapist

Applicants should 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

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