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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation

Enhance quality of life by facilitating activities for people who experience barriers to health and leisure activities.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Tuition:
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
September 2021
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available

Overview

Working as a team member in environments with many other community and health disciplines, Recreation Therapy Assistants plan, deliver and evaluate recreation activities that help improve an individual's physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive health.

In this career, you evaluate recreational programs and document the benefits and outcomes for individuals participating in these activities.

Learning through various theories and practice models, you gain an understanding of how various health circumstances can impact one's ability to participate in recreation, and you learn to help people overcome various barriers.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs require immunizations and completion of First Aid/CPR. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Graduates may find employment in a variety of settings, with individuals of various ages and abilities.
  • Work environments can include long-term care, assisted living, residential care, community centres, youth-oriented recreation programs, wellness centres/programs, group homes, adult day programs, rehabilitation centres and health districts.

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC offers the only diploma program of this kind in Nova Scotia, giving you the skills to start a rewarding career in this field.
  • You get hands-on, practical learning, where you apply your skills and knowledge to real projects and work experiences.
  • During the two-year program, you connect with professionals working in the field and immerse yourself in the therapeutic recreation community. You also have opportunities to attend local conferences with national and international presenters.
  • Our faculty members have a range of academic and professional backgrounds, with years of experience in their specific fields.
  • Small class sizes enable you to be very involved in your learning.
  • This program provides structured volunteer and service learning experiences, in addition to your clinical placement. Together, these placements provide you with over 500 hours of practical experience.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Many employers in this sector require one – or all – of the following: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search.
  • A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • This program is not always offered at the same location each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1002   Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
GDEV 1025   Developmental Psychology
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I
SOCS 2002   Mental Health Issues
SOCS 2005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice II
SOCS 2035   Introduction to Addictions
TREC 1007   Helping Applications in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 1008   Health and Wellness
TREC 1010   Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure
TREC 1014   Reflective Practice and Group Facilitation in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 1023   Therapeutic Recreation Program Planning
TREC 1050   Practicum I
TREC 2000   Introduction to Aging in Society
TREC 2003   Leisure Across the Lifespan
TREC 2007   Health Conditions in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 2017   Volunteer Management
TREC 2018   Applying the Therapeutic Recreation Process I
TREC 2022   Behavioural Interventions in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 2026   Professional Practice
TREC 2028   Applying the Therapeutic Recreation Process II
TREC 2029   Therapeutic Recreation Facilitation Techniques
TREC 2050   Practicum II
TREC 3050   Practicum III

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