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Therapeutic Recreation Diploma


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Intake
  • Fall

  • Location
    David Lam (Coquitlam) Campus
  • Campuses
    Coquitlam

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  • Length
    Two Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $3850 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1600 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Block Transfer
    • University Course Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by April 1 for Fall entry. Early application is recommended.

Application Fee: $32

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. BC secondary school graduation or equivalent

2. English

One of:
  • English 12 (C)
  • English 12 First Peoples (C)
  • English Literature 12 (C)
  • Communications 12 (B)
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 (C)
  • approved substitute

Note: While a "C" grade in English is needed for admission to the program, all College-level English and Communication courses require at least a "B" grade in English 12 or approved substitute course. 

Non-Academic

  • attendance at an Program Information Session is strongly recommended
  • "Informed Medical Suitability Declaration" indicating a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health
  • complete the Department Eligibility Form (provided by Douglas College)
  • at least 45 hours of supervised work (paid or volunteer) in recreation services for people with disabilities or older adults (within one year of the application deadline) within the year prior to April 1. An appropriate form will be provided for the supervisor to evaluate your work.
  • letter of intent outlining reasons for choosing this program, short- and long-term goals, and your strength and limitations as a candidate
  • resume
  • personal interview (if required). If an interview is required it will take place after April 1, and applicants will be notified.

Admission Advice

1. You are encouraged to apply early and then work toward meeting the preferential admission criteria listed on the program's web page.

2. After an offer of admission is made you must submit:

  • a current Criminal Record Search;
  • proof of a TB test.

English Language Requirements

Summary

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • a C grade in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or Technical and Professional Communications 12 (the mark is based on both the course and provincial exam)
  • a B grade in Communications 12 (the mark is based on both the course and provincial exam)
  • a grade of 3 or a "C" grade on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature
  • a grade of 3 or a "C" grade on International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language A (Standard Level)
  • an essay score of 4 on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam
  • a GED Language Arts Writing and Reading score of 450
  • a TOEFL score of 220 (computer based) or 83 (internet based) or 560 (paper based)
  • an IELTS score of 6.5 (academic module only)
  • an overall and essay CAEL score of 60
  • an EIKEN Test of Practical English placement of Grade 1
  • completion of an ABE English course equivalent to DVST 0355 or higher
  • a college level writing or literature course that transfers as a college level English, Communications or Creative Writing course
  • an undergraduate degree from an English speaking post-secondary institution
  • completion of a Douglas college writing assessment with a
  • Mastery of DVST 0350 and 0360 or DVST 0355 or DVST 0356 or EASL 0360
  • a P grade in DVST 0455 or EASL 0460 or EASL 0820
  • a P grade in DVST 0450 and mastery of DVST 0460
  • Mastery of EASL 0375 or EASL 0376 or assessment of EASL 0475 and mastery of EASL 0365 or assessment of EASL 0465

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

You are eligible for enrollment at Douglas College if you meet the General Admission Requirements along with the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation you may qualify for admission to Douglas.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

Out-of-Province

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation you may qualify for admission to Douglas.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

BC Transfer Student

You must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

You may transfer from another institution with up to 75% of the credits required for a Douglas College citation, diploma, degree or university transfer program.

To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

You must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

You may transfer from another institution with up to 75% of the credits required for a Douglas College citation, diploma, degree or university transfer program.

To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Mature Student

If you are at least 19 years old on the first day of class, or at least 17 years old and have not been enrolled in school for at least one year, you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

International Student

For details on admission requirements for International Students check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

If you are a student with special needs and have completed a certificate or equivalent from a special program and have been in school for at least 12 years you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

How to Apply


Canadian Students - Applying to the College

International Students - Applying to the College

Block Transfer within Douglas

Graduates may proceed to the third year of Douglas's Bachelor in Therapeutic Recreation Degree.

Final Notes: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel at the intended institution.

Students may also wish to refer to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer's BC Transfer Guide. This website offers details about transfer arrangements between post-secondary institutions in BC. This information includes course-to-course transfer opportunities.

 

Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

Introductory Note: One year of academic study is normally made up of 15 units or 30 credits.

Graduates of the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma are eligible for the following block transfer:

  • 6 units within the Bachelor of Social Work Degree - UVic
  • 30 units within the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care Degree - UVic

Douglas has also partnered with the University of Calgary to provide the Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation Degree on its New Westminster Campus. Diploma graduates are also eligible to enter the third year of this degree program.

Final Notes: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel at the intended institution.

Students may also wish to refer to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer's BC Transfer Guide. This website offers details about transfer arrangements between post-secondary institutions in BC. This information includes course-to-course transfer opportunities.

Block Transfer out of province

Douglas has partnered with the University of Calgary to provide the Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation Degree on its New Westminster Campus. Diploma graduates are also eligible to enter the third year of this degree program.