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Recreation Therapy - Fast Track at Niagara College at

As a Recreation Therapy Professional, students will use meaningful recreation and leisure education, counselling and experiences to promote, restore, rehabilitate, and/or maintain quality of life and well-being. Therapeutic Recreation supports the development of strengths while addressing social, emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive needs.


  • Receive specialized training and certifications designed to meet the needs of an aging population including:
  • Communication Tips and Tools for Dementia
  • DementiAbility Methods Certificate
  • Nordic Pole Walking Instructor Certification
  • Earn a Level 1 Inclusion Certificate from Variety Village.
  • Gain over 430 hours of practical field placement experience, supported by a field placement officer.
  • Benefit from Therapeutic Recreation Ontario student membership.
  • Become eligible for your R/TRO Dip designation upon graduation

Benefits of the fast-track program include:

  • Students complete term 1 through term 4 as a continual program with no term off. Graduates will have a 1 term head start on securing employment or potentially continuing their studies in other programs, while still receiving the same Ontario College Diploma as 2 year Recreation Therapy students.
  • Content and learning outcomes are the same for the traditional delivery and fast-track streams.
  • Provides a great option for any applicant who is not relying on summer income to support their finances.
  • Residence is open during the summer.
Level Diploma
Discipline Arts and Humanities
Duration 16 months
Intakes Jan, Sep
Application Fees CAD 100
Tuition Fees CAD 21975
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Admission Requirements
Language proficiency (minimum)
PTE 46
Duolingo Not Required / Waiver
Exam proficiency (minimum)
SAT Not Required / Waiver
ACT Not Required / Waiver
GRE Not Required / Waiver
GMAT Not Required / Waiver

Minimum GPA - 50%

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