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What is Recreation Therapy?
- Recreation Therapy is person-centred: Our approach is about the individual, their needs and their passions, find out what lights their fire, and help them attain it.
- Recreation Therapy breaks barriers: It’s about inclusion and empowering individuals to live their fullest life despite any limitations.
- Recreation Therapy is evidence-based: Leisure is always purposeful and rooted in research, which matches specific interventions to specific client groups.
- It is a healthcare field that enriches lives. Recreation Therapists work in a variety of clinical & community settings and work with people across the lifespan. (Adapted from Lifeinfull.ca)
- At Mohawk, we are committed to providing the best experiential learning through the integration of theory and practice. Our commitment to experiential learning is supported by faculty who understand its value.
- Students gain 500 hours of practical experience in the field through multiple practicum experiences with over 400 agencies in our database.
- We offer two unique outdoor RT course experiences (overnight at camp) which has been shown to engage students, increase sense of belonging among peers and faculty, and contribute towards student success. Students say it is one of the most memorable parts of the program!
- We offer over 6 certifications and workshop trainings to set students apart on their job applications. Classroom learning is enhanced with our own experiential learning lab as well as the use of a Multisensory environment lab space.
- Mohawk College’s Therapeutic Recreation curriculum has been successfully reviewed and determined to be in alignment with the Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO), and Essential Competency Framework (ECF). As a result, graduates of this program (283, 353) are eligible to apply for the Registration designation with the Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) upon graduation.
- As a student in the program, you will receive a student membership with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO)
Interested in a compressed schedule with enhanced flexibility?
Check out our Recreation Therapy - 353 accelerated intake which can be completed in 16 months of consecutive study.
What you'll learn
- Theoretical foundation and practical skills to plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic recreation services for individuals at all stages in life who experience barriers to healthy leisure.
- How to provide person centred care, empower individuals to give as much choice as possible back to the participant.
- Assess leisure interests to create meaningful goals and specific outcomes for clients to achieve through therapeutic recreation interventions.
- Facilitate recreation therapy interventions such as; music, horticulture, reminiscence, adventure, and animal therapies, adaptive sports, discussion groups, exercise programs, journaling, intergenerational programming.
- Develop leadership skills through individual and group presentations which are a core competency in the program
2 academic years (periods of 8 months)
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Domestic and International student admission requirements
- OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
- Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent (70% guideline)
- See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
- Successful completion of the GAS-English for Academic Purposes (478 or 278) program
- TOEFL minimum score of 560 (83 Internet based)
- or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
- More information about acceptable certificates, can be found on the International Admission Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.
Tuition and Fees
2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees
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Course Overview & Descriptions
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How you'll gain skills
- Complete 3 practicum experiences guided by Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) standards of practice.
- Earn industry specific certifications and trainings such as GPA training, Multisensory Environment training, Dementiability Certification, Urban pole certification, SAFEtalk training, Music Care training, Mental Health first aid certification, etc.
- Participation in in-house community day program simulation and develop practical communication competencies through performance-based simulations.
- Learn outdoor facilitation techniques by participating in an outdoor camp experience.
- Use sensory equipment in Mohawk’s on-site Multi-Sensory Lab.
- Foster social responsibility and leadership through a Service Learning project.
- Develop solutions or strategies for local organizations within a classroom setting.
Recreation Therapy Practicum
The Recreation Therapy Practicum program offers three distinct practicum experiences over two years of study. Each student will graduate with 500 hours of practical experience in the recreation therapy field. The Recreation Therapy practicum program offers the highest number of practical hours compared to all other College recreation therapy programs in Ontario.
|Days a Week
|Hours per Week
|Winter (January to April)
|8 hours x 10 weeks
|Fall (September to December)
|Thursdays and Fridays
|14 hours x 10 weeks or
35 hours x 4 weeks
|Winter (January to April)
|Thursdays and Fridays
|16 hours x 10 weeks plus
Fulltime x 3 weeks
The Recreation Therapy program has partnerships with over 400 community agencies, locally, throughout Ontario, and across Canada.
Recreation Therapy is practiced in diverse settings, including Hospitals, Long Term Care, Retirement, Day Programs (Seniors and Persons with Disabilities), Children’s Health Centres, and Residential and Community Programs.
Students will participate in an Agency Selection process to select their top three choices for placement. Students will complete an agency interview which determines the successful candidate. All students must complete the preplacement immunization and coursework listed below under practicum requirements.
Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC)
Students must complete a vulnerable sector police clearance check to meet agency screening guidelines. Students must complete the VSC for each new agency experience through the 2-year program.
Students must submit documentation of MMR, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Hepatitis B, and Tuberculin Skin Tests before participating in the first practicum experience. We encourage students to begin this process early (upon the student’s acceptance of the recreation therapy program). The field placement specialist, Naritta Divjak, will email all new students with directions on how to find the immunization forms. It is best to have the immunizations complete before starting the program. For more information or questions on this process, please email naritta.divjak [at] mohawkcollege.ca (naritta[dot]divjak[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
Pre-placement Course Work
All placement students must complete pre-placement courses, including Fire, WHIMIS, AODA, Workplace Harassment and Workplace Violence, and Worker Health and Safety.
Healthcare and community agencies require complete Covid-19 vaccination. Please note all recreation therapy placements are in healthcare and community settings.
- 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 placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to placements within or outside the Hamilton region
- Registered students who have been convicted of an offence for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter or continue in a placement while in the program
- Students are required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some field placement agencies
Become an Agency Partner
If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Health Studies programs, please email the naritta.divjak [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Field Placement Specialist).
To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact us.
905 575-1212 ext. 3518
tracy.hopkins [at] mohawkcollege.ca (tracy[dot]hopkins[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
Field Placement Specialist
905-575-1212 ext. 4240
naritta.divjak [at] mohawkcollege.ca (naritta[dot]divjak[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)
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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.
Your future career options
- Recreation Therapist
Where you could work includes:
- Long-Term Care Facilities and Hospitals
- Acute or Chronic Care Hospitals
- Inpatient/Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs
- Mental Health Settings
- Municipal Recreation Departments
- Day Programs/Day Hospitals
- Addiction Treatment Centres
- Community-Based Agencies serving people with disabilities
- Private Practice
- Limited opportunities to work with children
Opportunities for grads
- Graduates are eligible to become a registered member of Therapeutic recreation of Ontario (TRO).
- Students receive a number of industry-specific certifications.
Pathways to Mohawk
If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
Pathways within Mohawk
If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *
- Career Pathways
- General Arts and Science Certificate (College Transfer)
- Human Services Foundation
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas
- General Arts and Science Diploma (University Transfer)
- Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant
We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. *
- Child and Youth Care
- Early Childhood Education (Intensive)
- Social Service Worker (Intensive)
- Autism & Behavioural Science
- Brain Disorders Management
- Concurrent Disorders
- Community and Social Services Management
- Mental Health & Disability Management
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways beyond Mohawk
Earn a degree:
- Athabasca University - Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Service
- Brock University - Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies
- Davenport University - BSc Health Services Administration
- University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
- Mohawk College will consider advanced standing and credit for prior learning with related experience on an individual basis
- Volunteer experience in Recreation Therapy recommended
- Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended
- Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
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