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Therapeutic Recreation

Douglas College

Faculty:Child, Family and Community Studies
Field of Study:Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,346
Enrolment #:30


Make a real, positive difference in the lives of people facing disabilities, injuries, social isolation and other challenges with a career in recreational therapy. As a recreation therapist, you’ll help children, adolescents, adults and seniors improve their overall health and well-being and live full, independent lives through fun and leisure activities. The four-year Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program gives you the tools to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a wide range of leisure services for people with barriers to participating in leisure activities. Such services might include arts and crafts, dance, music, sports, games, aquatics and group outings. You’ll apply what you learn in the classroom through practicum placements and community projects, where you’ll work with real clients in a variety of health-care and social-service settings.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
Applicants must meet General College Admission Requirements.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Work Experience

Applicants are required to have: successful completion of at least 45 hours of supervised work (paid or volunteer) in recreation services for people with disabilities or older adults within the year prior to the application date of April 1; a Letter of Intent outlining the reasons a candidate has chosen this program, long and short-term goals, and strengths and limitations; and an up-to-date resume - highly recommended. See website for more details.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 12, 2022