Therapeutic Recreation Certificate
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Therapeutic Recreation Certificate

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

STARTLOCATIONDELIVERYSTATUS
SepEdmontonIn person
OnlineOnline w/ in-person labs
JanOnlineOnline w/ in-person labs
MayOnlineOnline w/ in-person labs
Open
Limited
Waitlist
Full
Upcoming
 
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QUICK FACTS

Program length

1 year

Credential

Certificate

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $6,226.50

International
Total: $16,886.50

 
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 50% in Biology 30 or equivalent
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Overview

The Therapeutic Recreation certificate program focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities.

Following successful completion, graduates may continue on to the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma program.

In this program, you will learn how to enhance your clients' quality of life through leisure activities. The program will prepare you to work with a variety of client groups in different care settings.

Both a certificate and diploma are available:

  • The certificate year (Year 1) focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement, and evaluate individual or group therapeutic recreation and social activities. Available through on-campus instruction, hybrid delivery, or online education.
  • The diploma year (Year 2) Therapeutic Recreation Diploma focuses on the concepts, theory, and practical experiences related to leadership and critical thinking in order to prepare graduates to work more independently. Available through on-campus instruction, hybrid delivery, or online education.

Note: Hybrid delivery may include a combination of workshops, seminars, self-study and/or tutorials.

All NorQuest College Therapeutic Recreation practicums meet the requirements of the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).

Therapeutic recreation professionals wishing to meet ATRA standards are welcome to contact the program area to apply for enrolment in individual courses, but are advised to first contact ATRA@alberta-tr.org to determine specific course needs.

Student Success

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

  • are physically and emotionally able to manage workplace demands.
  • have access to a vehicle to travel to complete their practicum.
  • have access to a computer and basic computer skills

Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the therapeutic recreation occupation.

Working in therapeutic recreation, you must be able to:

  • work shifts and weekends
  • be on your feet for extended periods of time
  • use your knees, back, and arms to move clients who have minimal body strength
  • be comfortable taking a leadership role in groups of all sizes
  • work with clients of all ages, cultures, and genders
  • function effectively independently, on a team, and in stressful situations
  • demonstrate adaptability and critical thinking skills

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes a practicum totalling 320 hours.

Location

Edmonton, Online