Therapeutic Recreation (Part-time) – Algonquin College

Program Info

School: Algonquin College
Degree: Post-diploma
Field of Study: Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Description: This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program, delivered in a 42-week consecutive format, prepares you for a career in the field of recreation therapy. Recreation Therapists work with individuals facing key health issues and cognitive, physical and/or mental health challenges across the lifespan from children, youth, adults to seniors. In this program, you develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge to use the tools of recreation and leisure to ensure people of all ages and abilities have a healthy social, physical, emotional and cognitive lifestyle.

Develop advanced knowledge of how to complete client assessments, create individualized and group programs and document client outcomes. Apply a variety of facilitative techniques to promote meaningful recreation and leisure participation, improve functional ability, and enhance quality of life and wellness. 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 including hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centres, municipal community programs and mental health agencies. Through a combination of theory and industry-based work terms, you gain theoretical and practical knowledge and experience.

URL: Therapeutic Recreation (Part-time) at Algonquin College
Length: 42 Week(s)


LOCATION: Ottawa, Ontario
ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September
TELEPHONE: (613) 727-4723 – 7031
TOLL FREE: (800) 565-4723
FAX: (613) 727-7665
ADDRESS: 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology was established in 1967, and is located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin People. The College has served over 50 years as a leader in post-secondary education and undergone significant growth since its establishment. Algonquin students are sought out by employers in every industry due to the hands-on skills and career focus they gain from learning in realistic lab and classroom environments. By the time students graduate, they are ready to take on the work world.


Algonquin College provides on-campus housing for students, with a variety of room options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a female only room or a male only room, we have something that will fit your needs. Rooms are all shared occupancy, so you will be able to meet new people and make friends during your time here. Plus, our mandatory Meal Plan ensures that you always have access to food when you need it. Payment options are available, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school if you have any questions. 


Prerequisites:* These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent credential in a health-related or human services field.
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]
Application Notes : Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.
Additional Admission Requirements: Standard First Aid – You must have a valid Standard First Aid certificate which is valid for a three (3) year period and a Health Care Provider (HCP) CPR C and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Certification in order to attend any clinical practice which must remain current for each academic year of your program until graduation. Please note that CPR certification course is specifically designed for Health Care Professionals, course provides training on skills required for Adult, Child, and Infant Resuscitation; One and Two Rescuer, First Aid for Choking, proper use of barrier devices in resuscitation, AED and Bag Valve Mask. Please note that on-line CPR courses do not meet the re-certification standards required for your program.

Fees & Scholarships

International student:$18,114

Notes for Canadian Students:

College fees are set in accordance with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ policies. Fees must be paid each term for you to officially register for your classes. Your costs will vary depending on your program of study, lifestyle and other variables.

Notes for International Students:

A differential fee will apply to international students. Please contact International at for current fee information.

Scholarships, prizes and awards are given in recognition of academic excellence, and can include money, plaques, books, medals, etc, or any combination thereof. They are given in recognition of achievement at a variety of levels (program, department, school), for various areas (subject, program, activity, student government, etc.) and often reflect the interest and commitment of donors from the community. Visit Financial Aid page for more information.

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