Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (4-year, Therapeutic Recreation)

Applied Health Sciences - Recreation & Leisure Studies

Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (4-year, Therapeutic Recreation)

Name: Recreation and Leisure Studies (Therapeutic Recreation)
Degree: Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies (Therapeutic Recreation)
Program: 4-Year BRLS (Honours)

Therapeutic recreation (TR) is an allied health profession in which the primary purpose of practice is to enable individuals living with illnesses and disabilities to achieve well-being and quality of life through meaningful engagement in recreation and leisure opportunities.

Leisure is seen to be central in creating a life of meaning and in living well with disability or illness. Recreation Therapists improve one’s quality of life by strengthening personal capacities for full and optimal involvement in life and by working to reduce functional and activity limitations.

The Therapeutic Recreation concentration at Brock University prepares students to work with individuals living with disabilities and illnesses, older adults, people who experience poverty and/or homelessness, and others who are marginalized in society.

TR professionals advocate for individuals living with physical, mental, social, behavioural or emotional limitations in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care homes, day programs, community-based programs and mental health centres. Coursework prepares students to gain knowledge about disabilities and illness; design programs that enable people to achieve their desired goals; understand the contribution of leisure in creating a life of meaning; and how to work in a team setting within a healthcare-related environment.

Students learn to use leisure and other psycho-educational interventions to support coping and adaptation, well-being, functional capacity, social connections, and community engagement. As a central component of our program, students subsequently apply these theoretical concepts during practical experiences such as internships, placements and other real life experiences.

Graduates of our program work in a variety of settings including: clinical environments such as rehabilitation centres, hospitals, psychiatric/behavioural health settings; in longer term residential settings such as nursing homes, long term care hospitals, residential care settings; and community settings such as community mental health centres, Boys & Girls Clubs, YWCA/YMCA. Graduates of our program will also meet the requirements for certification through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).


A Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies degree with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation opens the door to a wide variety of employment opportunities. Here is just a sample:

  •  Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in a hospital
  •  Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in a rehabilitation centre
  •  Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in a long term care facility
  •  Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in an addictions treatment program
  •  Leisure Educator/Counsellor
  •  Health Promoter
  •  Wellness Coordinator
  •  Volunteer Manager
  •  Inclusion Specialist
  •  Recreation Programmer in a corrections facility/group home/transitional services

A Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies degree will prepare you for further education:

  • Pre-service education (Teacher's College)
  • Graduate studies (Masters programs)
  • Post degree/diploma certificate programs
    * Please note that some careers may require additional professional or graduate qualifications.

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Program Coordinator: If you have any questions, contact Michael Fawkes

Entrance Requirements: English (ENG4U).
Expected Cut-off: Mid 70s
Program Plan: To see the courses required for degree completion and read the full course descriptions - Check the online Undergraduate Course Calendar or contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

Faculty: Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS)
Department: Recreation & Leisure Studies (RECL)
Level: Undergraduate studies