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Therapeutic Recreation

Available at: Kingston


The one-year (three semesters) program prepares students with specialized training to work within recreation, health or social service delivery systems serving individuals with illness or disabilities.  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 the 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 with a variety of disabling conditions can participate and to use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve and/or restore health and wellness.

Our program includes face-to-face and online classes 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.


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, and in private practice.

Long-term care and retirement living residences are the largest industry employing recreation 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.


Program Name

Therapeutic Recreation

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year continuous (3 semesters)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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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 2019-20

Semester 1
TREC 1 Therapeutic Recreation & Selected Populations 1
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 in TR
TREC 8 Leisure and Education
TREC 9 Therapeutic Recreation & Selected Populations II
TREC 10 Issues and Trends in TR
TREC 11 Research and Evaluation in TR
TREC 12 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
TREC 13 TR Small Business Development

Semester 3
TREC 14 Therapeutic Recreation Internship

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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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    What struck me most distinctly from Day 1 of the TR program was the passion of the professors who practice as Recreation Therapists. Their deep love and belief in therapeutic recreation as a necessary requirement that should be applied to all of our lives (regardless of life stage or situation) inspired me to learn as much as I could from them. SLC is lucky and so am I. Therapeutic recreation is not just a job, it’s a way of life.

    Tiina Liinamaa

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    Additional Information

    Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

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