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Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

Seneca Polytechnic - King
Canada, Ontario, King City
Tuition fee CA$20,000 per year

The fees are for the 2024–2025 academic year and include tuition (CA$18,280), health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees displayed are estimates only for two semesters and are subject to change.

Registration fee CA$390 one-time

The registration fee includes the non-refundable application fee (CA$90) and the refundable deposit fee (CA$300).

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Accommodation fee CA$1,800 per month

The above fee is an estimated amount for living expenses for one month.

  • Including the cost of food, rent, transportation and other living expenses (varies depending on your living preferences).
  • Estimated living expenses are to be used as a guide only and are subject to change.

More information

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Overview

In this four-year degree program, you will learn to assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic recreation interventions to work with future clients in a strength-based approach. The purpose of therapeutic recreation is to help clients achieve their highest quality of life and to live life as fully and independently as possible. Therapeutic recreation interventions are leisure activities that have been designed to achieve goals and outcomes within the physical, psychological, social, cognitive, spiritual and/or environmental domains. As a student of this program, you will gain essential knowledge and expertise in the core foundational theories and concepts within therapeutic recreation, as well as various related areas such as health sciences, recreation and leisure, psychology and research methods. Within the final years of the program, you will explore application-based learning to increase your understanding in program delivery and adaptations, which will be an added advantage in working with diverse populations and settings.

In Canada, the health care system has moved towards an interdisciplinary team approach. As a graduate of this program, you will be working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals in the workforce.

This program is the only GTA-located Therapeutic Recreation degree available in Ontario. It is both an academic and professional degree. An academic or research degree focuses on a specific field of study and is often more research-oriented. Courses build on the technical knowledge that is learned throughout the program. A professional degree helps students prepare for careers in specific fields, such as therapeutic recreation. Professional degrees focus on real-world applications.

Students will be able to apply their knowledge in four placements and one full work term throughout the degree program. This provides students with hands-on experience and network connections to leverage upon graduation.

Skills

Throughout this program, you will develop the following skills:

  • Create and conduct client assessments
  • Develop therapeutic recreation program plans and goals
  • Implement various therapeutic recreation interventions
  • Evaluate and document therapeutic recreation programs and client progress
  • Research

Mandatory Degree Work Term

You will complete at least one term in a formal work environment. It takes place in the fall semester of the final year and may be a paid or unpaid position requiring a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all requirements prior to participating in the work term.

The successful completion of the work term(s) is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory degree work term regardless of success in securing a work position. Please be aware that students in the program will take Semester 7 classes over summer in order to complete a fall work term and Semester 8 in the winter.

Professional Accreditation

Upon completing your degree and required Professional Contribution Credits (PCCs), you may qualify to apply for the R/TRO professional accreditation offered by Therapeutic Recreation Ontario – TRO.

Career opportunities

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Long-term care and retirement homes
  • Day programs
  • Mental health centres
  • Children’s treatment centres
  • Disability programs
  • Private practice
  • Schools and camps
  • Correctional facilities
Apply Now! January 2025
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Studies commence
Jan 2, 2025
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Oct 1, 2024
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Studies commence
Sep 2, 2025
Apply Now! January 2025
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
Jan 2, 2025
Apply Now! September 2025
Application start
Oct 1, 2024
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
Sep 2, 2025