Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology

Our population is aging and those with the skills to work with seniors are in huge demand. If the opportunity to use leisure and recreational activities to enhance the quality of their lives is appealing to you, our two-year diploma program in Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology will prepare you for a rewarding career working with the elderly. We offer the program on-campus as well as through distance learning, and our course work meets professional development requirements for those working in the industry.

You will learn how to plan and deliver therapeutic recreation services which include functional intervention, leisure education and recreation participation programming. This knowledge will be balanced with a thorough understanding of the sociological, physiological and psychological process of aging.

Therapeutic Recreation is right for you if you:

  • possess good oral and written communication skills
  • are able to establish rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • have strong organizational and leadership skills
  • enjoy consulting with people, developing, directing and co-ordinating innovative programs.

Put your passion to the test

We’ll put you where the action is with two practicum placements, where you’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills to practice. With the help of a program fieldwork advisor, you can determine the placement that’s right for you, where you will be supervised by a professional in the field. You’ll be ready for meaningful employment in no time.

If you choose to complete the program online, you will interact with your instructors and classmates in a virtual classroom, giving you the opportunities to engage with your peers while learning online.

Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology: At-a-Glance
2 Years
September (on-campus & online), January (online only)
You can study on campus, by Online Learning or customize your learning to suit your personal needs by using both delivery methods.
Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology
University of Calgary, Athabasca University, University of Lethbridge, Douglas College, Thompson Rivers University, Dalhousie University, University of Regina, University of Waterloo, Griffith University

This program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There is an administrative fee for this assessment and vaccinations required to become fully immunized.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances, for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

IMPORTANT NOTE(S): Students must complete the two Practice Based Experiences on a full-time basis. Students may be required to relocate from their home community to complete the practicum placements.

Online Learning students who reside outside of Alberta must be aware they may not be covered under Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage when participating in Practice Based Experiences outside of Alberta.

Students participating in Practice Based Experiences (PBE) outside the province of Alberta may not be eligible for professional membership with the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).

Lethbridge College’s Therapeutic Recreation - Gerontology program meets the requirements for professional membership in the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).

Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology - Cost Estimate
2017-18 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies
Year 1$2,910$1,048$1,934
Year 2$3,114$1,080$902
• Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
• International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
• Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
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Contact Us

Program Office:
• 403.320.3202 Ext. 3211
Program Administrator or Chair:
• 403.320.3202 ext. 5225
Office of the Dean:
• 403.320.3403

Centre for Health and Wellness Placement Office:
403.320.3202 Ext. 5380

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