Bow Valley College

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Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate

Bow Valley College

Faculty:School of Health and Wellness
Degree:Certificate; Co-op; Online
Field of Study:Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Length:5 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $1,857

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Recreation therapy aides support the efforts of recreation therapists in enhancing the quality of life for clients. You will work to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of clients in a variety of settings including hospitals and assisted living homes, by implementing activities such as sports, dance, board games, music, or crafts. This certificate is designed for health care aides looking to boost their employability, and can be taken while you are working. It builds on your skill set as a caregiver and applicants must currently be working in a caregiving role in the health care field.

This program begins every Fall term. Its curriculum has been recently updated and enhanced to provide the best possible opportunities for professional development and learning pathways. You will complete four months of part-time study which includes both online components and on-campus workshops held twice per month. In January, you will complete four weeks of practicum for a total of five months. Practicum shifts may include evenings, nights, and/or weekends.
Modified on November 14, 2022