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Therapeutic Recreation


**Applications for Fall 2019 intake are currently open**

Information Sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about the program and to have your questions answered in person. The next Information Session is Tuesday, January 29th @ 5:00pm at the Coquitlam Campus, Room A1470 (please open the link to register)


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 (two semesters of full-time study) and a Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation degree (four 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:

** Applicants who hold a diploma or degree in a related field such as Recreation, Human Kinetics, Kinesiology, Physical Education and Psychology may qualify for Third-Year access into the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program. Please email to find out more** 

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