Therapeutic Recreation

Improve quality of life & remove barriers

Do you have a college diploma or a Bachelor's degree?
Take the next step to becoming a certified therapeutic recreation specialist!

Therapeutic recreation (TR) helps people gain independence, optimal health and well-being using positive support plans, education and leisure activities. A TR career involves:

  • working with people who have cognitive, physical, emotional and social disabilities
  • planning accessible, abilities-based recreational experiences
  • teaching health and wellness
  • reducing/removing barriers to health and wellness activities

Did you know? Therapeutic Recreation is one of the most rewarding careers and fastest-growing professions in health care.

Degree program:

Bachelor of Health Sciences
Therapeutic Recreation


Campus options:

Lethbridge (in-person study)
Online (remote study)


Application deadline:

March 15


Program start:

Fall term



About the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

  • Choose online or on-campus study, depending on your learning preference and lifestyle*
  • Achieve specific learning objectives in each course to help you succeed
  • Explore the physical, biological and behavioural sciences, as well as recreation and leisure theory
  • Take a step toward national certification

Go to course catalogueLearn how to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

*The on-campus program is delivered on the Lethbridge campus. Some courses in the on-campus program are delivered online. The online program is delivered from our Online campus. 
NOTE: This is a post-diploma program. To enter the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation, you must already have a related, approved diploma or degree.

See diploma programs with direct transfer into the BTR

Careers in Therapeutic Recreation

Recreation Therapist, Recreation Therapy Aide,  Outdoor Sport & Recreation Guide, Gerontological Specialist, Sports Instructor, Tour Guide, Heritage Interpreter, Interpretive Naturalist, Community Planner, Rehabilitation Counsellor, Wellness Coordinator, Activity Director, Festival Coordinator, Camp Programmer, Environmental Education Programmer, Campus Recreation Coordinator, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Social Worker

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Further study in Therapeutic Recreation

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