Key Program - Therapeutic Recreation

Western Sydney University Key Program Code: KT4006.1

This version of the specialisation is available to new and continuing students.

Related Courses

6000.1 Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : NO

Therapeutic Recreation is the link between leisure and health improvement, using recreation as a way to improve quality of life. Therapeutic Recreation graduates work with patients to use leisure activities to improve health and life quality, for example in rehabilitation centres and psychiatric units, special schools, day care centres. aged care facilities, or in local government or community settings. The program combines theory and practice in learning, education programming, aged care, disability and mental health with a comprehensive foundation of the health sciences to develop the professional competencies important for ethical and safe practice and high quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams. Evidence-based practice is one of the most important trends in healthcare today and a strong feature of the program. There is room for electives in particular areas of interest opening up a richer experience of university life or a double major in two of the areas of Health Promotion, Health Services Management or Therapeutic Recreation.


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Campbelltown Campus Internal Nerida Klupp
Online Online Nerida Klupp
Penrith Campus Internal Nerida Klupp

Key Program Structure

Year 2

Autumn session

400864 Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
400866 Culture, Diversity and Health
400244 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory

And one elective

Spring session

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

And two electives

Recommended elective

400277 Health Services Management

Year 3

Autumn session

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

And two electives

Spring session

400254 Therapeutic Recreation Professional Project
400786 Professional Transition Project
401408 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care

Note: Unit 401408 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care replaces 400249 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care from Autumn 2020.

And one elective

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