Specialisation

Major - Recreational Therapy

Western Sydney University Major Code: MT4004.1

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


Related Courses

4656.3 Bachelor of Health Science
6000.2 Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : NO


Recreational Therapy links leisure and health improvement. Recreational Therapy graduates work with patients to use leisure activities to improve health and life quality, for example in rehabilitation centres, psychiatric units, special schools, day care centres, aged care facilities, and in a range of local government or community services 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. Students will 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 is a strong feature of the program. The recreational therapy program is offered on campus or fully online. Students may combine this testamur major in recreational therapy with a minor in health promotion, therapeutic modalities, psychology or exercise and physical activity, or the option to choose up to 40cp of electives based on the student’s interest. This flexibility will help diversify the knowledge-base and skillset of students. The course includes 160 hours of compulsory practical placement in second year and a third-year internship of 560 hours - meeting the practice placement requirement for eligibility as a Certified Recreation Therapist with the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).


Location

Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Campbelltown Campus Internal Dr Caterina Tannous
Sydney City Campus Internal Dr Andrey Zheluk

Major Structure

Bachelor of Health Science (Recreational Therapy) Recommended Sequence

Students must complete 240 credit points as follows:

Full-time - Start Year Intake

Year 1

Autumn session

400870 Population Health and Society
401396 Professional Competencies in Health
301350 Anatomy and Physiology in Health
401386 Foundations of Recreational Therapy

Spring Session

400732 Communication in Health
401383 Evidence in Health
401394 Human Development and Disease across the lifespan
401395 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory

Year 2

Autumn session

401402 Recreational Therapy Process and Planning
400866 Culture, Diversity and Health

And two electives

Spring session

401399 Recreational Therapy Assessment
401385 Facilitation in Recreational Therapy
400891 Movement and Skill Development
101614 Psychology and Health

Year 3

Autumn session

401401 Health Practice Management
401405 Transforming Health
401400 Recreational Therapy Internship

And one elective

Spring session

401404 Shaping the Future of Recreational Therapy
101681 Abnormal Psychology
401400 Recreational Therapy Internship

And one elective

Electives

Most electives are 10 credit points. Students may wish to consider using elective choices to complete another health sciences specialisation, such as:

Sub Major

SM4001 Health Promotion
SM4002 Health Practice Management
SM4005 Leisure for Diverse Groups
SM4006 Sport Development

Note:

Students enrolled in this Testamur Major are encouraged to use their elective choices to complete the complementary SM4005 Leisure for Diverse Groups Minor

Full-time - mid Year Intake

Year 1

Spring session

400732 Communication in Health
400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
401396 Professional Competencies in Health
401395 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory

Autumn session

400870 Population Health and Society
301350 Anatomy and Physiology in Health
401386 Foundations of Recreational Therapy

And one elective

Year 2

Spring session

101614 Psychology and Health
401399 Recreational Therapy Assessment
401385 Facilitation in Recreational Therapy
401394 Human Development and Disease across the lifespan

Autumn session

400866 Culture, Diversity and Health
401402 Recreational Therapy Process and Planning

And two electives

Year 3

Spring session

400891 Movement and Skill Development
101681 Abnormal Psychology
401404 Shaping the Future of Recreational Therapy
401400 Recreational Therapy Internship

Autumn session

401401 Health Practice Management
401405 Transforming Health
401400 Recreational Therapy Internship

And one elective

Electives

Most electives are 10 credit points. Students may wish to consider using elective choices to complete another health sciences specialisation, such as:

Sub Major

SM4001 Health Promotion
SM4002 Health Practice Management
SM4005 Leisure for Diverse Groups
SM4006 Sport Development

Note:

Students enrolled in this Testamur Major are encouraged to use their elective choices to complete the complementary SM4005 Leisure for Diverse Groups Minor

Recommended Sequence for students enrolled in Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science.

Students must complete the following units

Full-time - Start Year Intake

Year 1

Term 1

700066 Population Health and Society (WSTC)
700303 The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep)
700190 Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep)
700313 Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC)

Term 2

700060 Psychology and Health (WSTC)
700315 Evidence in Health (WSTC)
700316 Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC)

Term 3

700314 Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC)
700062 Communication in Health (WSTC)
700072 Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC)

Year 2

Autumn session

401386 Foundations of Recreational Therapy

And three electives

Spring session

401399 Recreational Therapy Assessment
401385 Facilitation in Recreational Therapy
400891 Movement and Skill Development
401395 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory

Year 3

Autumn session

401401 Health Practice Management
401405 Transforming Health
401400 Recreational Therapy Internship
401402 Recreational Therapy Process and Planning

Spring session

401404 Shaping the Future of Recreational Therapy
101681 Abnormal Psychology
401400 Recreational Therapy Internship

And one elective

Electives

Most electives are 10 credit points. Students may wish to consider using elective choices to complete another health sciences specialisation, such as:

Sub Major

SM4002 Health Practice Management
SM4001 Health Promotion
SM4005 Leisure for Diverse Groups
SM4006 Sport Development

Note:

Students enrolled in this Testamur Major are encouraged to use their elective choices to complete the complementary SM4005 Leisure for Diverse Groups Minor

Full-time - Mid Year Intake

Year 1

Term 2

700313 Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC)
700315 Evidence in Health (WSTC)
700303 The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep)
700170 Tertiary Study Skills in Health Science (WSTC Prep)

Term 3

700314 Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC)
700062 Communication in Health (WSTC)
700060 Psychology and Health (WSTC)

Term 1

700066 Population Health and Society (WSTC)
700316 Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC)
700072 Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC)

Year 2

Spring session

401395 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory
400891 Movement and Skill Development

And two electives

Autumn session

401386 Foundations of Recreational Therapy

And three electives

Year 3

Spring session

401399 Recreational Therapy Assessment
401385 Facilitation in Recreational Therapy
401404 Shaping the Future of Recreational Therapy
401400 Recreational Therapy Internship

Summer session

101681 Abnormal Psychology

Autumn session

401401 Health Practice Management
401405 Transforming Health
401402 Recreational Therapy Process and Planning

Enrol again in

401400 Recreational Therapy Internship

Electives

Most electives are 10 credit points. Students may wish to consider using elective choices to complete another health sciences specialisation, such as:

Sub Major

SM4001 Health Promotion
SM4002 Health Practice Management
SM4005 Leisure for Diverse Groups
SM4006 Sport Development

Note:

Students enrolled in this Testamur Major are encouraged to use their elective choices to complete the complementary SM4005 Leisure for Diverse Groups Minor



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