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Recreation Therapist


Respiratory Therapists assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary conditions. They administer treatments, conduct tests, and educate patients on their condition to enable patients to manage their respiratory conditions and lung function. 

Steps to becoming a Recreation Therapist in Nova Scotia.

Step 1
Complete a Recreation Therapy program

You may consider a four-year recreation therapy university degree or a two-year diploma through a community college. Dalhousie University offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and NSCC offers a diploma in therapeutic recreation. If you are considering other programs in Canada, ensure they have been approved by the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association. 

Step 2
Complete supervised practice

After completing your recreation therapy program, you must complete 560 hours of work experience under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

Step 3
Take the Recreation Therapy Exam

The national certification exam for Recreation Therapy is provided through the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association and National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.  Please note, this certification process is voluntary.

Step 4
Apply to be licensed

To start working, you must become licensed in Nova Scotia. Visit the Nova Scotia Therapeutic Recreation Association for more information on licensure.