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 various 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.
In Canada, the health care system has moved towards an interdisciplinary team approach, therefore, as a graduate of this program, you will be working collaboratively with doctors, nurses, psychologists and other therapists in the workforce.
Advanced entry offers a pathway for graduates from the diploma programs listed below with a GPA of 2.5 or higher to start this program via a summer bridging entry so they can graduate within two years (five academic semesters plus a work-term):
To apply, select the ZDTR program code for entry from High Affinity programs on OntarioColleges.ca or the Advanced Entry button on Apply Now.
Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:
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.
When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:
Mental health centres
Family service centres
Schools and camps
Upon completing your degree and required Professional Contribution Credits (PCCs), you may qualify to apply for the R/TRO professional accreditation offered by Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO).