Program snapshot

Top 8 reasons to study Recreation at Dal:

  1. We're accredited. The Dalhousie Therapeutic Recreation Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education.
  2. We're recognized. We are one of the only programs in Canada that prepares you to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
  3. We're close knit. Our small class sizes mean you’ll get to know your classmates and teachers.
  4. You'll learn from the best. Our professors are renowned in their fields and incredibly accessible.
  5. You'll find a fulfilling career. The breadth of knowledge you'll acquire will open up numerous career options after graduation.
  6. You'll do hands-on work. The 16-week internship in your final year will provide you with valuable work experience.
  7. We work together. You’ll expand your opportunities through interprofessional learning with other programs.
  8. We prepare you. Students are well-prepared for entry to Recreational Therapy professional practice. In 2017, the students of the TR program had a pass rate of 96% and since 2005, students have exceeded the national average as well as CARTE accreditation pass rate requirements on the NCTRC exam.

What will I learn?

Learn how to have fun

In addition to the essential core courses in the program, you can also choose from a variety of elective courses. From leisure theory and program planning to counselling for youth at risk, Therapeutic Recreation offers a wide range of topics to suit your interests.

What can I do?

Recreation Orientation group shot

No matter what career path you follow—whether a therapeutic recreation specialist in a hospital setting or an accessibility officer with a provincial government—the Recreation program will provide you with the skills you need to be a leader in recreation research, theory, and practice.