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Program Type Occupational
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning Available
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admissions section of the calendar.
In addition applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):!span>!span>
- 60 percent minimum in English Language Arts (ELA) 30-1 or 70 percent in ELA 30-2!span>!span>
- Grade 12 biology!span>!span>
English Language Proficiency Requirements: In addition to the academic requirements, if English is not your first language, English Language Proficiency (ELP) must be demonstrated within the last two (2) years prior to the application. Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following:
- IELTS Academic with a minimum band score of 6.5 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, 6.0 in reading, and 6.5 in writing
- TOEFL Internet-based test score with a minimum score of 22 in speaking, 23 in listening, 21 in reading, and 25 in writing
- Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three (3) years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the principal language of instruction
- Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one (1) year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the principal language of instruction
Note: Meeting the English Language Proficiency requirement does NOT exempt the applicant from meeting the English academic admission requirement for entry to this program.
Practicum Experience Requirements: This program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.!span>!span>
Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).!span>!span>
As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There is an administrative fee for this assessment and vaccinations required to become fully immunized.!span>!span>
Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances, for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application. PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.!span>!span>
Important Notes: Students must complete the two Practice Based Experiences (PBE) on a full-time basis. Students will be required to relocate from their home community to complete the practicum placements.!span>!span>
Online Learning students wanting to enroll in either TRG-1199 or TRG-2299 PBE must register prior to September 1st for a Winter term placement and prior to January 1st for a Spring term placement.!span>!span>
It is not recommended that Online Learning students register in theory courses and Practice Based Experiences (PBE) concurrently. Contact the TRG program chair to develop a plan.!span>!span>
Online Learning students who reside outside of Alberta must be aware they may not be covered under Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage when participating in Practice Based Experiences outside of Alberta.!span>!span>
Online Learning students are responsible for any fees for service by an off-site test proctor.!span>!span>
All requirements must be met within six years of the first Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology course used towards the diploma.!span>!span>
Note: Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparatory Program to upgrade for your program.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.
All courses are available on-campus and online.
New students are admitted into the Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology campus-based program in the Fall (September) term. New students completing the program through Online Learning can be admitted in the Fall (September) or Winter (January) terms. Due to sequencing of courses, Online Learning students admitted in Winter term will not be able to complete the program in two years.!span>!span>
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2018/08/01 to 2019/07/31*.
Tuition $2,910.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,678.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $1,048.00 Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Thompson Rivers University (BC), Dalhousie University (NS), University of Regina (SK), Griffith University (Australia)
Updated August 07, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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