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Therapeutic Recreation

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College

www.lethbridgecollege.ca
Therapeutic Recreation Specialists are part of an inter-professional collaborative health care team and play a primary role by using leisure and recreation to promote and facilitate optimal health and wellness of individuals with illnesses and disabling conditions. The Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology two-year diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the therapeutic recreation profession. The program combines foundational knowledge in theory with practice to provide the fundamentals for a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. The program incorporates knowledge, skills, critical reasoning and personal attributes through theory classes, skills lab, and practice in the field. The Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology program consists of four (4) terms of theory classes and skills lab. Students learn how to plan and deliver therapeutic recreation services which include functional intervention, leisure education and recreation participation programming. This knowledge will be balanced with a thorough understanding of the sociological, physiological and psychological process of aging. A practice-based experience is positioned at the end of term two and the end of term four to support the integration of knowledge into practice. All courses in the Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology program are offered on campus as well as through Online Learning. At the end of the program, graduates will have a diploma in Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology; a comprehensive, practical understanding of therapeutic recreation, and a specialization in gerontology.
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3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

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):

  • 60 percent minimum in English Language Arts (ELA) 30-1 or 70 percent in ELA 30-2
  • Grade 12 biology

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 RequirementsThis program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.

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.).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Online Learning students are responsible for any fees for service by an off-site test proctor.

All requirements must be met within six years of the first Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology course used towards the diploma.

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.
 


Distance Delivery Options

All courses are available on-campus and online.


Application Deadline

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.


Student Aid

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.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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.

Educational program information is provided as an introduction and for general reference. For current information about programs and school requirements or policies, check the school calendar, visit their website or contact the school directly.
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