Recreation Therapy


Program Information

This two-year program will prepare students for a profession that provides services and advocacy for individuals with a wide range of cognitive, physical, social, and emotional limitations. During the program, students will learn theoretical foundations and practical skills which will allow them to competently work through the therapeutic recreation process.

The practice of Recreation Therapy is based on the belief that play, recreation and leisure are essential to achieving an individual's optimal health and sense of well being which leads to improved quality of life. Through the development of meaningful goals and objectives individuals working in the field of Recreation Therapy will use recreation as a therapeutic tool to improve health and restore wellness.

Through volunteering and experiential learning that includes field placements and a variety of community experiences, students will receive valuable hands on experience. These experiences will provide students with the opportunity to further develop their skills in the areas of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluations. In addition, students will have the opportunity to receive additional specialized training while enrolled in the Recreation Therapy program. Students should be aware that having a criminal record could impact their ability to secure a field placement.

Reasons to Choose Lambton College's Recreation Therapy Program

  • Students will receive a Therapeutic Recreation Ontario student membership
  • Additional training that is highly sought after by employers
  • Faculty that are current and experts in their field
  • Community partnerships that allow students to get practical, hands-on experience
  • Field placements within a Recreation Therapy setting

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Applicants from India, China, Vietnam, Philippines and Pakistan should note that IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Employment Opportunities

Employment may be found in the areas of pediatrics, mental health, hospitals, community settings, long term care, rehabilitation and corrections to name a few.

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to apply for the Registration with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario - Diploma  designation.

Educational Pathways

Transfer to Programs within Ontario

We've worked with Ontario colleges to provide the following transfer opportunities:

Seneca College
Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

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For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus

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