Therapeutic Recreation

If you see people as people first and believe everyone has a right to enjoy their lives through leisure and play, consider a career in therapeutic recreation. 

Program Highlights

*Introducing the Online Diploma Pathway* 

Beginning in the Fall of 2021 Semester (September) the Therapeutic Recreation program will be offering the option to complete the Diploma through online course delivery. Applications are currently open for the Online Diploma pathway. Please feel free to reach out to the Program Advisor for more information at 

Unique Program

The Therapeutic Recreation program at Ƶ is the only program of its kind in the province. In it, you’ll learn how to use leisure activities – such as arts and crafts, dance, music, sports, games, aquatics and group outings - to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for seniors and people living with disabilities or illnesses.

Hands-On Experience

You’ll also get opportunities to put what you’ve learned into practice with real clients through community projects, practicums and internships.

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

Ƶ Therapeutic Recreation graduates have maintained a 100% pass rate on the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam from 2016-2018, surpassing the national and international average by close to 20%.

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Program Options

Ƶ offers two credentials:

If you complete the degree, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

Career Advancement

Graduates are prepared to start careers working with seniors in the growing field of gerontology, as well as with clients of all ages and abilities in long-term care homes, health care facilities, mental health and addiction settings, adapted sport organizations, rehabilitation centres, correctional facilities, social service settings, community-based agencies and more.

Student Success Story

Therapeutic Recreation student helps people with disabilities improve their quality of life through activity.

Student Success Story Jessica Zilney

Graduate Success Story

Two recent Therapeutic Recreation graduates are doing great work in the community with their adaptive soccer program!

Student Success Story Therapeutic Recreation


Want more information?

For information about admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue.

Please email to contact the program directly.
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Application Requirements

Application Form (to be emailed directly to the program)

Work Reference Form (only required for 3rd-year Access applicants who have been out of school for more than 5 years)

Resume (to be emailed directly to the program)

Letter of Intent (to be emailed directly to the program)

2 letters of reference (to be sent directly from the referee to the program)

*Please do not send in any requirements until after you have opened your application online*