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College Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation



¿Qué aprenderé?

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program prepares you for a career in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Therapeutic Recreation Specialists work with individuals who, due to illness, disability or other life circumstances require assistance to meet their individual goals and dreams. In this program, you develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge to facilitate purposeful, quality leisure experiences. You use the tools of recreation and leisure to provide client centred, strengths-based therapeutic recreation services, which lead to happiness, well-being and quality of life.

Develop advanced knowledge of how to complete participant assessments, create individualized and group programs and document participant outcomes. Apply a variety of facilitative techniques to promote inclusive and meaningful recreation and leisure experiences, and advocate for participants across a variety of service settings to maximize environmental resources that are essential for well-being. Through collaboration, teamwork, research and professional involvement, you learn to adapt, implement and evaluate recreation activities to meet the needs of people in a wide range of settings. Develop your professional identity and goals to prepare you for placement and employment, which may include private practice. Your placement consolidates the skills and learning that you have attained throughout your coursework.

Graduates may work with people of all abilities that may include physical or developmental disabilities, seniors, children with diverse learning needs, youth at risk, as well as individuals with addictions, mental illness or head injuries. Specifically, you may find work in recreation, health or social service organizations such as:

long term care facilities

adult day programs

hospitals and health care agencies

rehabilitation centres

senior residential facilities

centres for independent living

mental health agencies

addiction services

municipal community-based programs

group homes

outreach community health and wellness agencies

private family care, and forensic and youth services


This program is well-suited for students who:

Are open minded, compassionate and caring.

Enjoy learning about, and working with people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional challenges.

Excel working as part of inter professional teams and independently.

Are enthusiastic, creative and innovative.

Have strong problem solving and brainstorming skills.

Possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

School of Health and Community Studies

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (1 )

Costos de estudio
CAD$24.577,38 (US$ 17.935) por año
(2022 Fall) - SEMESTER 1: CAN $8,538.78; SEMESTER 2,3: CAN $8,019.30; Estimated Program Total: CAN $24,577.38
Fecha de inicio

Esperado Septiembre 2023


Algonquin College

Woodroffe Campus,

1385 Woodroffe Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

K2G 1V8, Canada

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Students need to submit University Degree and transcripts. English Language Proficiency Requirements: Academic IELTS: Overall 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0); TOEFL iBT - Total 88 (no score below 22); Cambridge English – 176; Pearson (PTE) - Overall 60; MELAB - Overall 85 Minimum of 80 AND Speaking 3Al; gonquin’s EAP - International EAP: Level 8 with a grade of B Canadian EAP: Level 3 with a grade of B.

Para estudiantes internacionales

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent credential in a health-related or human services field.

English language requirement:

IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

Deadline: Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration.


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