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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation

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

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
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
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Waitlist
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
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist

Program Overview

Working as a team member in environments with many other community and health disciplines, Recreation Therapy Assistants use their skills to facilitate and implement recreation activities that enable participation and help improve aspects of an individual's physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive health.

In this career, you assist in the assessment process as well as plan and deliver recreation therapy programs. You evaluate recreational programs and document the benefits and outcomes of individuals participating in these activities. Learning through various theories and practice models, you also gain an understanding for how various health circumstances can impact one's ability to participate in recreation and learn to work with individuals to help them overcome barriers they have experienced.

During the two-year program, you have opportunities to 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 within the field. This program provides structured volunteer and service learning experiences, in addition to your work placement. Together these placements provide you with over 500 hours of practical experience.

Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Why Take It"You are the person that can bring fun into someone's life – fun with a purpose."
  2. 2
    Cool Activity"Wheelchair skills lab and planning a volunteer recognition event."
  3. 3
    Highlight"The hands-on portions of the program where we can actually practise activities and take what we learn into our placements. "

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

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. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & 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.

Choose NSCC

  • A unique diploma program designed just for you. NSCC offers the only diploma program in Nova Scotia and gives you the skills to start a rewarding career in this field.
  • Learn best practice and industry standards.
  • Experience hands-on, practical learning where you apply your skills and knowledge to real projects and work experiences.
  • Learn from faculty members who have a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, with a number of years of experience in their specific fields.
  • Small class sizes enable you to be very involved in your learning and make the most of your class time.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates may find work in a variety of settings with individuals of various ages and abilities. Locations 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.

Other Info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Alternate Intake – this program is not offered each year, at every location. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Work placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1002   Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
GDEV 1025   Developmental Psychology
RECH 1000   Introduction to Recreation and Leisure
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1050   Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (12 Hours)
SAFE 1055   Suicide Intervention (ASIST)
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I
SOCS 2001   Behavioural Learning Principles
SOCS 2002   Mental Health Issues
SOCS 2005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice II
SOCS 2035   Introduction to Addictions
TREC 1000   Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 1004   Reflective Practice In Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 1007   Helping Applications in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 1008   Health and Wellness
TREC 1013   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 2008   Applying the Therapeutic Recreation Process
TREC 2015   Leadership and Group Facilitation
TREC 2017   Volunteer Management
TREC 2026   Professional Practice
TREC 2050   Practicum II
TREC 2110   Inclusive Practice in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 3050   Practicum III

Additional Graduation Requirements

Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

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