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Therapeutic Recreation

Available at: Kingston


The Therapeutic Recreation program prepares students with specialized training to work within recreation, health or social service delivery systems serving individuals of all abilities.  Graduates will acquire the skills to complete client assessments, develop and evaluate group and individualized programs and use a variety of facilitative techniques to assist individuals to participate in meaningful recreational activities that will enhance health, improve functional ability and increase quality of life. The program is built on the core belief of the inherent benefits of play, recreation and leisure to all people. Students will learn to adapt recreation activities so people of all abilities can participate and to use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve and/or restore health and wellness.

Our program includes face-to-face classes, hybrid classes (ie  face-to-face learning integrated with online learning) and fully online courses to provide maximum flexibility for students who may be working in the field and wanting to upgrade their credentials.

Recognizing the increasing opportunities for private practice, a unique feature of our program is a course in Small Business Development to provide students with the skills in the areas of financial literacy, private practice documentation requirements, relevant business regulations, business planning, etc.

This programs begins Fall 2017.


Graduates of the Therapeutic Recreation program may find employment working with individuals of all ages in health, recreation or human service organizations. Specifically, graduates may find work in long term care facilities, adult day programs, hospices, hospitals and health care agencies, rehabilitation centres, residential facilities, mental health agencies, addiction services and community agencies, schools, etc.

Long-term care and retirement living residences are the largest industry employing recreational therapists. Opportunities are expected to grow due to an aging population and changes to the Long-Term Care Homes Act. It is now a requirement for a designated lead of recreational and social activities programs to have a post-secondary diploma or degree in therapeutic recreation or other related field.


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Program Name

Therapeutic Recreation

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year continuous (3 semesters)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

Tuition Fees are $6,126.57. Compulsory fees $1,112.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18. This program launches Fall 2017.

International Fees

Tuition fees are $21,975.. Compulsory fees are $1,790.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18. This program launches Fall 2017.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
TREC 1 Therapeutic Recreation and Selected Populations II
TREC 2 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 3 Therapeutic Recreation Process
TREC 4 Inclusive and Adapted Recreation
TREC 5 Leadership in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 6 Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 2
TREC 7 Assessment and Documentation
TREC 8 Leisure Education
TREC 9 Therapeutic Recreation and Selected Populations II
TREC 10 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 11 Research and Evaluation
TREC 12 Facilitation Techniques
TREC 13 Therapeutic Recreation Small Business Development

Semester 3
TREC 14 Therapeutic Recreation Internship

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a two-year post-secondary diploma or degree, with a specialty in health, or community and social services.


Health Requirements


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Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

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    Molly Speagle

    Program Contact

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    Recruiting Contact

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