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Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

The Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program is a new interdisciplinary degree that provides you with the skills and knowledge you will need to assess, design, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions for clients. Therapeutic interventions are activities in recreation, social settings, arts and crafts that are designed to achieve therapeutic outcomes in the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual domains. The activities are purposeful interventions designed to prevent health problems in an individual or group or to rehabilitate an individual's or group's capacity to obtain their full potential.

Canada's health care system has moved toward an interdisciplinary-team approach, with professional teams comprised of specialists from a variety of studies - key among them, recreation therapists. As a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation - Therapeutic Recreation program, you will work collaboratively with doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other recreation therapists to meet your clients' needs.

In this program, you will gain foundational knowledge and expertise in related health disciplines including health sciences, recreation, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy and psychology.

In semesters six, seven and eight, you will have the opportunity to select one of six employment-enhancement 'streams'. Students may wish to take the interdisciplinary stream or focus on addictions, community development, mental health, physical rehabilitation or wellness. These streams allow you to increase your knowledge in a specialized area and gain an added advantage in the workplace.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are available for candidates with distinguished academic records in their high school careers. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to students based on merit and financial needs.

Diploma to Degree Transfer

If you have already graduated from a program in Recreation and Leisure Services or Social Service Worker – Gerontology, you will be eligible for transfer credit in the Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program.



8 Semesters (4 Years)

Credential Awarded

Honours Bachelor Degree

Your Career

Become a recreation therapist. Earn your bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation and your career will include assessing the wellness needs of your clients and then designing, implementing and evaluating therapeutic interventions for people who need them. You could pursue a career in a number of settings, including hospitals, health clinics, rehabilitation centres, mental health centres, homes for the aged, community centres, family services centres, correctional facilities, boys and girls clubs, schools and camps

Work-Integrated Learning

Mandatory Degree Work Term

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. The work term(s) may be a paid or unpaid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. 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.

Field Work

During semesters five through eight, you will complete unpaid field placements of approximately one day per week.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has the largest number of health and social agencies in Canada, as well as one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world. The diversity of populations in the GTA and the large number of agencies serving their needs provide students of the Therapeutic Recreation degree program with a wide choice of work term and field placement opportunities.

Related Careers


Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, or a mature applicant (21 years or older and has been out of high school for a minimum of two years). Mature applicants should disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts which may be used for admission decisions.

Required courses - minimum final grade of 65% in each:

  • English: Grade 12 ENG 4 (U)

Applicants must meet Seneca English Proficiency requirements for degree programs.

Students must apply for, and receive a clear vulnerable sector police check before field placement.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and Liberal Studies requirements.

Seneca has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a 7-year term starting July 21, 2009. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Seneca will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Seneca shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.


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416.491.5050 ext. 55013

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416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

James Manson 416.491.5050 ext. 55371

Program Chair

Gary Galbraith 416.491.5050 ext. 55010

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network