Students are encouraged to apply early and submit documented evidence for the preferential admission criteria listed below. Applicants are recommended to contact the Therapeutic Recreation Program Technician or an Academic Advisor to ensure all admission criteria is clearly understood and documented.
Applicants are reminded they must first meet the minimum admission requirements as listed above and then they are ranked based on the preferential admission criteria. All documents supporting the preferential admission criteria are due by April 1 (or earlier). There is a maximum of 25 points available through this process.
In the event that two or more applicants score the same, the date of application will be used to determine their final ranking.
Previous Formal Education Studies – Maximum 10 points
Students may receive points in Section 1.1 OR Sections 1.2 and 1.3 to a maximum of 10 points
Official transcripts must be submitted to the Registrar’s office to be considered except for Douglas College courses/credentials.
A. College/University Associate Degree/Diploma/Certificate
Students who have successfully completed previous credentials from a recognized and accredited institution will receive the following score:
- Bachelor's Degree - 10 points
- Associate Degree/Diploma - 8 points
- Certificate/Citation - 6 points
B. University Transfer Courses
Students who have successfully completed any university transfer course(s) with a minimum grade of "C" will receive 1 point for each course up to a maximum of 5 courses.
C. High School Courses
Students who have successfully completed high school courses with a minimum grade of a "C" (exception is *English 12 - see below) in the following subject areas will receive 1 point for each course up to a maximum of 5 courses:
Previous Continuing Education Studies - Maximum 5 points
- Human Service 11 or 12
- Biology 11 and 12
- Math 12
- Social Studies/Science 12 course other than Biology e.g. Physics 12 or Geography 12
- Psychology 11 or 12
- Fine Arts or Music 11 or 12
- Physical Education 11 or 12
- Leadership 11 or 12
- English 12 - *with a minimum grade of "A"
- Drama 11 or 12
- Visual Arts 11 or 12
- Peer Tutoring 11 or 12
Students who have taken workshops or CE courses in recreation, social service or health-related areas will receive up to 5 points. Examples include:
- Standard First Aid = 1 point
- Emergency First Aid = 0.5 point
- FoodSafe = 1 point
- Serve It Right = 0.5 point
- CE courses or workshops offered through professional associations or advocacy groups = 1 point for each
- Class 4 Drivers License Training Course = 1 point
Copies of the certificates or tickets must be submitted as proof. Expired certificates are not accepted.
Volunteer and/or Related Work Experience - Maximum 5 points
Students who have volunteer or work experience beyond the required 45 hours in a therapeutic recreation, recreation or human services related field will receive the following scores:
100 - 249 hours = 1pt
250 - 499 hours = 2pts
500 - 749 hours = 3pts
750 - 999 hours = 4pts
1000 + hours = 5pts
* A completed Supervised Volunteer/Work Reference form is required for additional points
Accomplishments - Maximum 5 points
Accomplishments may be related to working in groups, demonstrations of leadership, personal achievements or having been a member of a community or school organization or team. All submissions must have occurred within the last ten years. For example: conference event coordinator, volunteer executive position in an association, team sports, peer tutoring, peer counseling, etc.
Each accomplishment needs to be supported by evidence which may include a letter by an individual representing the group or organization who conferred the award or who was directly involved in your accomplishment. Examples: coach, teacher, principal, volunteer coordinator. Letters from family and friends are not suitable. Copies of certificates, letters of recognition, where applicable, should also be included.