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Frequently Asked Questions - Therapeutic Recreation Program

Q: Can I take the program online/blended delivery?
A: Yes, we offer admission into an online/blended cohort. There will be one week during the program where students will travel to Lethbridge, Alberta to complete a portion of the two courses in a condensed time frame, one week. The internship/practicum is full-time (30-40 hours a week), 15-week placement with a CTRS supervisor and must be completed during the degree. Students can complete the program part-time or full-time (depending on the number of courses taken per semester). Students must complete the program in 6 years.

Q: Can I take the program at the main campus?
A: Yes, If you attend the main campus the majority of your classes will be taught in a classroom setting, although students should be prepared to complete a few online courses throughout the program. Students who attend main campus full-time can complete the program in two years.

Q: I possess an undergraduate degree in a related field and wish to be a Certified Recreation Therapist Specialist, can I enter the program?
A: Yes, we have an after degree option for both our on campus and online/blended formats for those who have an approved undergraduate degree (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours from a recognized degree-granting institution).

Q: I am currently working in the field and already possess an undergraduate degree, can I take some courses from the program without applying to the program?
A: Yes, if you are seeking certification through NCTRC and do not need the practicum component to meet your certification then you can sign up to take courses through Open Studies. Online and on campus registration through Open Studies is always dependent upon seats available in the course, after admitted students have registered.

Q: How long do I have to complete the program?
A: All degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of completion of the first Therapeutic Recreation/Health Sciences course used for credit towards the degree.

Q: I already completed some of the support courses in my diploma program, do I have to retake them?
A: Yes. Because we are granting students a block transfer of two years towards a four-year degree no additional transfer credit will be granted. Students also need to take these classes to ensure that they are meeting NCTRC requirements which are included in our courses.

Q: Can I complete the program completely online?
A: No. The program requires students to meet in person for a week of intensive course work during the summer months. The program also has a full-time internship that must take place at an agency in person.

Q: What GPA requirements do I need to graduate from the program?
A: Students must maintain a 2.50 GPA in order to graduate from the Therapeutic Recreation Degree program. More information can be found in the Academic Calendar or by contacting your academic advisor.