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Recreation Management in Gerontology Program (C152)




¿Qué aprenderé?

Recreation Management in Gerontology is a unique diploma program that will teach you the specialized skills required to work with older adults. Over the course of two years, you’ll learn how to design therapeutic programs for older adults that consider the physical, mental and spiritual perspectives of the aging process.

You’ll start by developing strong communication skills – both from a management and interpersonal perspective. This work requires the ability to work with people across different life stages so effective communication skills are essential to the job. You will go on to develop coordinator skills that will prepare you to manage physical, financial and human resources.

You’ll also study the science and theory behind aging. This in-depth look at the biological changes of aging includes an understanding of diseases often related to aging like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Hands-on learning is a major component of this program. To help you gain confidence as you learn to create specialized therapeutic programs, you’ll get lots of practice both on-site at our 21,000+ square foot Simulation Centre facility and off-site with one of our field placement partners. You’ll also learn proper documentation and Resident Assessment Instrument – Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS) training.

This academically challenging program will equip you with the skills required to provide therapeutic recreation in a variety of settings that include long-term care facilities, retirement homes, community based service agencies and adult day programs.

If you are someone who is energetic, organized, creative and enjoys working with older adults, consider this profession.


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Function effectively as a member of an inter-professional team in the development and provision of health promoting and life enhancing services and programs for older adults.
  • Accurately and comprehensively assess and record the ongoing needs of the older adult using a variety of widely used electronic systems.
  • Develop, coordinate, deliver and evaluate a variety of services/programs that enhance clients’ level of functioning and quality of life by applying relevant research and theory to practice.
  • Apply appropriate health and safety protocols in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of their clients, their co-workers and themselves.
  • Communicate effectively using a variety of therapeutic techniques and in adherence with privacy and freedom of information legislation.
  • Identify, select and use appropriate professional and community resources to meet the needs of the older adult.
  • Ensure programs operate in compliance with relevant policy, legislation and standards of practice for services to older adults in a variety of settings.
  • Establish and maintain professional and ethical standards in the field of activation gerontology as set out by relevant professional bodies.
  • Promote accessible, inclusive and responsive programs and services by recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities.


The increase in the number of older adults has created a growing demand for workers with knowledge and skills specific to the needs of later life.

Graduates are employed to provide person-centered care through the management and delivery of recreational and social activities in a variety of settings such as:

  • adult day centres
  • active living centres
  • community centres
  • long-term care homes
  • retirement homes
  • community-based service agencies

As Canada's population continues to age, employment opportunities are growing rapidly.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

Centre for Health Sciences

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (4 semestres)

Costos de estudio
CAD$15.800,00 (US$ 11.530) por año

*El precio que se muestra es una referencia, por favor verificar con la institución

Fecha de inicio

5 Septiembre 2023


Waterfront Campus

51 Dockside Drive,


Ontario (ON),

M5A 0B6, Canada

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes internacionales

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and the selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C ) or (U) with a minimum grade of 65%
  • Attending an information session is highly recommended.

Admissions decisions are based on academic credit; however, it is recommended that applicants accumulate at least 40 volunteer hours, preferably working with older adults, prior to applying.

** Mature Student Status (19 Years of Age or Older and No OSSD)

Applicants with transcripts from an institution where the language of instruction is not English may meet English language proficiency requirements with one of the following proofs of language proficiency.

  • George Brown English for Academic (EAP) Program - Level 8
  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each skill band
  • TOEFL - 80 (online) minimum 20 in each skill band
  • MELAB – 80
  • PTE (Academic) - 54, overall minimum; 50 in each skill band
  • CAEL - 60 (overall)
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency) - 169 or more (with no individual skill below 162)

Acerca de George Brown College

George Brown College es una comunidad diversa y acogedora ubicada en el corazón del centro de Toronto, la ciudad más grande de Canadá.

  • Más de 24.000 graduados tienen roles de liderazgo.
  • Más de 170 programas académicos para elegir.
  • 84% de los graduados empleados seis meses luego de graduarse.
  • El 98% de los programas incluyen aprendizaje en la práctica.

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