Key Program - Therapeutic Recreation

Western Sydney University Key Program Code: KP4545TR.1

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The Therapeutic Recreation key program provides students with expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating therapeutic recreation programs for people who experience barriers to participation in leisure and recreation programs such as in special schools, aged care facilities, as well as health care and community settings. Such leisure and recreation participation provides a variety of benefits that promote health and wellbeing. The curriculum aims to produce a graduate who can utilise the appropriate process and content to provide leisure and recreation programs, services for a range of people who experience disabilities, illness or disadvantage.


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Penrith Campus Ms Margaret Skropeta

Key Program Structure

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science can apply for full membership of the following Accreditation bodies associated with this program: Diversional Therapy Association of New South Wales Inc. and Diversional Therapy Association of Australia National Council.

Qualification for the Bachelor of Health Science with a Key Program in Therapeutic Recreation requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.


Year 1

Autumn session

400783 Professional Pathways in Health Science
300361 Introduction to Human Biology
400780 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Mental Health
400781 Dynamics of Health

Spring session

400962 Foundations of Wellbeing
400136 Introduction to the Psychology of Health
400137 Introduction to Research for Health Sciences
400244 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory

Year 2

Autumn session

400782 Essentials of Health Promotion
400148 Quantitative Research

And two electives

Spring session

400965 Health Care Systems
400246 Workplace Learning 1 (Therapeutic Recreation)
400968 Professional Practice in Aged Care and Disability

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

400252 Workplace Learning 2 (Community Placement)
400789 Leisure Education Programming and Mental Health

And two electives

Spring session

400249 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
400254 Therapeutic Recreation Professional Project
400786 Professional Transition Project

And one elective

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

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