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8 Semesters (4 Years)
Credential Awarded
Honours Bachelor Degree
Recreation & Environmental Studies

About the Program

In this four-year degree program, you will learn to assess, design, evaluate and implement therapeutic interventions for future clients. Therapeutic interventions are activities designed to achieve outcomes in the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual domains. As a student of this program, you will gain essential knowledge and expertise in related health disciplines such as health sciences, recreation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology. In semesters six and eight, you will have the opportunity to select professional stream options to increase your knowledge in a specialized area and gain an added advantage in the workplace.

Canada’s health care system has moved towards an interdisciplinary-team approach, therefore, as a graduate of this program, you will move on to work collaboratively with doctors, nurses, psychologists and other therapists in the work force.

Scholarship opportunities are available if you previously achieved distinguished academic records in high school. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available based on merit and financial needs.

Students who have graduated from an Ontario College diploma program in the programs below may be eligible for transfer credit into the Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program:

Work Experience

Mandatory Degree Work Term

You will complete at least one term in a formal work environment. It takes place in the fall semester of the final year and it may be a paid or unpaid position that requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all requirements prior to participating in the work term. The successful completion of the work term(s) is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for the mandatory degree work term regardless of success in securing a work position. Please be aware that students in the program will take Semester 7 classes over summer in order to complete a fall work term and Semester 8 in the winter.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Health clinics

  • Hospitals

  • Rehabilitation centres

  • Mental health centres 

  • Family service centres

  • Correctional facilities

  • Schools and camps

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Client assessments
  • Evaluation and implementation of therapeutic intervention
  • Therapeutic intervention activities