Therapeutic Recreation

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  • Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation


  • Lethbridge
  • Online



Program description

Our Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation will prepare graduates to become certified therapeutic recreation specialists (CTRS). The program is the first of its kind in Alberta and one of only eight degree programs leading to therapeutic recreation certification in Canada.

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

Therapeutic Recreation is a health care profession that utilizes a therapeutic process, involving leisure, recreation and play as a primary tool for each individual to achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life.

What does a Recreation Therapist Do?

Recreation Therapists are among the allied health professionals who work in a variety of health care settings. Recreation Therapists use forms of recreation, leisure, and play as treatments modalities to support purposeful and meaningful interventions that are based on individual strengths and values, and are guided by assessments. These health care professionals utilize the APIED (Assess, Plan, Implement, Evaluate, and Document) process to direct service delivery.

We offer both an on-campus (delivered in Lethbridge) and online program to fit our students' diverse learning and life styles. Regardless of your pathway, student engagement is a priority in our courses. Every course is developed with specific course learning objectives established to ensure your success in TR.

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation is competitive. Applicants must have one of the following:

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Therapy (see for current diplomas approved for admission)


  • Approved undergraduate degree (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours from a recognized degree-granting institution)

In addition to the English Language Proficiency requirement for regular University of Lethbridge undergraduate admission, applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must also meet a Spoken English Language Proficiency (SELP) requirement.

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.


Application Deadline

March 15

Possible careers

  • Certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS)
  • Activity aide
  • Recreation manager
  • Leisure educator/counsellor
  • Health promoter
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Inclusion specialist
  • Recreation programmer

Sample classes

Some courses in the in-person (Lethbridge campus) program are delivered online. 
Some courses in the online (Online campus) program are delivered synchronously; some courses are delivered asynchronously. 

  • Therapeutic Recreation 3300: Processes and Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation 4000: Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation 4200: Administration in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation 4550: Practicum in Therapeutic Recreation (15.0 credit hours)