Recreation Therapy - 283

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Overcome barriers to recreation experienced by those with physical and/or cognitive limitations

Already have an Allied degree or diploma? We are pleased to offer the Recreation Therapy Intensive Diploma program.

The purpose of Recreation Therapy is to enable all individuals to achieve quality of life, and optimal health through meaningful experiences in recreation and leisure. Recreation Therapy is a profession which provides service to, and advocates for individuals with physical, mental, social, behavioural or emotional limitations in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care settings, day programs, community-based programs, and mental health centres. (Adapted from TRO)

Students will complete field placements in a variety of community and clinical organizations throughout Ontario.

Mohawk's Recreation Therapy program has the highest overall student satisfaction of any comparable program in Ontario.

This is Recreation Therapy!

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Program Highlights

  • Recreation Therapy recognizes leisure, recreation and play as an integral component of quality of life 
  • Learn the theoretical foundation and practical skills to plan, implement and evaluate leisure services for individuals at all stages in life who experience barriers to healthy leisure
  • Complete over 500 hours of field placement experience
  • Work in a variety of therapeutic recreation settings
  • Develop understanding and skills in the Recreation Therapy field for a diverse population of clients
  • Prepares students to practice in Recreation Therapy as recognized by Therapeutic Recreation Ontario
  • Provide services to individuals who have physical, mental, emotional or social limitations that impact their ability to engage in leisure experiences
  • Learn how to use sensory equipment in our on-site Multi-Sensory Lab
  • Follow a systematic process of assessment, goal-setting, program/intervention development, individual and group facilitation, documentation and evaluation
  • Utilize evidence-based practice to create outcome-based interventions suitable to the clients ability
  • Additional Experiential Learning fees will apply. These fees are not included in tuition.

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Recreation Therapy Diploma program

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent (70% guideline)
  • Mohawk College will consider advanced standing and credit for prior learning with related experience on an individual basis
  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended
  • Recommended courses or skills (not required for admission) include:
    • Exercise Science Grade 12 (U)
    • Recreation and Fitness Leadership Grade 12 (C)
    • Related volunteer or co-op work experience
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
  • Volunteer experience in Recreation Therapy recommended

Option are available for mature applicants.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Academic Opportunities

For transfer opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer

Career Opportunities

The Recreation Therapy Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Recreation Therapists work in a variety of settings with a variety of populations. For example:

  • Long-Term Care Facilities and Hospitals
  • Acute or Chronic Care Hospitals
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Mental Health Settings
  • Children’s Treatment Centres
  • Young Offender Facilities
  • Municipal Recreation Departments
  • Day Programs/Day Hospitals
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centres
  • Community-Based Agencies serving people with disabilities
  • Private Practice

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Learn about Mohawk College's Multi-Sensory Lab.

Field Placement

  • Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements within or outside the Hamilton region.
  • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter placement.
  • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some field placement agencies.

Become an Agency

If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Human Services programs, please visit the Human Services Placement page.

Fennell Campus
Sep 2017

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