Nova Scotia Community College

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Therapeutic Recreation

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Program Information

School:Nova Scotia Community College
Field of Study:Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Description: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 2-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.
URL:Therapeutic Recreation at Nova Scotia Community College
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,936

Admission Requirements


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    High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

    Additional Admission Requirements:
      A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. 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.

      * 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 13, 2018