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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.
The Therapeutic Recreation program at Douglas College 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, people living with disabilities or illnesses, and everyone in between. You’ll also get opportunities to put what you’ve learned into practice with real clients through community projects, practicums and internships.
Douglas College offers two credentials: a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation (four semesters of full-time study) and a Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation degree (eight semesters of full-time study). If you complete the degree, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
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.
For information about admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue: