Recreational Therapy, Testamur Major

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: T110

Previous Code: MT4004.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University programs?  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 major 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 major. 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 Advice
Campbelltown Campus Internal Dr Caterina Tannous
Online Dr Caterina Tannous
Sydney City Campus Internal Dr Andrey Zheluk

Recommended Sequence

Bachelor of Health Science (Recreational Therapy)
Full-time start-year intake

Students must complete 240 credit points as follows:

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health 10
BIOS 1035 Anatomy and Physiology in Health 10
REHA 1007 Foundations of Recreational Therapy 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
BIOS 1036 Human Development and Disease across the lifespan 10
REHA 1008 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
REHA 2015 Recreational Therapy Process and Planning 10
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
REHA 2014 Recreational Therapy Assessment 10
REHA 3041 Facilitation in Recreational Therapy 10
HLTH 1006 Movement and Skill Development 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
REHA 3042 Health Practice Management 10
PUBH 3028 Transforming Health 10
REHA 3043 Recreational Therapy Internship 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
REHA 3044 Shaping the Future of Recreational Therapy 10
BEHV 3002 Abnormal Psychology 10
REHA 3043 Recreational Therapy Internship 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Bachelor of Health Science (Recreational Therapy)
Full-time mid-year intake

Students must complete 240 credit points as follows:

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health 10
REHA 1008 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
BIOS 1035 Anatomy and Physiology in Health 10
REHA 1007 Foundations of Recreational Therapy 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
REHA 2014 Recreational Therapy Assessment 10
REHA 3041 Facilitation in Recreational Therapy 10
BIOS 1036 Human Development and Disease across the lifespan 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
REHA 2015 Recreational Therapy Process and Planning 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
HLTH 1006 Movement and Skill Development 10
BEHV 3002 Abnormal Psychology 10
REHA 3044 Shaping the Future of Recreational Therapy 10
REHA 3043 Recreational Therapy Internship 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
REHA 3042 Health Practice Management 10
PUBH 3028 Transforming Health 10
REHA 3043 Recreational Therapy Internship 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science.
Full-time start-year intake

Students must complete the following subjects

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Term 1  
PUBH 1007 Population Health and Society (WSTC) 10
HLTH 0005 The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep) 10
NATS 0006 Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep) 10
HLTH 1015 Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC) 10
Term 2  
BEHV 1015 Psychology and Health (WSTC) 10
HLTH 1014 Evidence in Health (WSTC) 10
BIOS 1038 Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC) 10
Term 3  
BIOS 1037 Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC) 10
COMM 1008 Communication in Health (WSTC) 10
PUBH 2006 Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points100
Year 2
Autumn sessionCredit Points
REHA 1007 Foundations of Recreational Therapy 10
Select three electives 30
 Credit Points40
Spring session
REHA 2014 Recreational Therapy Assessment 10
REHA 3041 Facilitation in Recreational Therapy 10
HLTH 1006 Movement and Skill Development 10
REHA 1008 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
REHA 3042 Health Practice Management 10
PUBH 3028 Transforming Health 10
REHA 3043 Recreational Therapy Internship 10
REHA 2015 Recreational Therapy Process and Planning 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
REHA 3044 Shaping the Future of Recreational Therapy 10
BEHV 3002 Abnormal Psychology 10
REHA 3043 Recreational Therapy Internship 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points260

Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science.
Full-time mid-year intake

Students must complete the following subjects

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Term 2  
HLTH 1015 Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC) 10
HLTH 0005 The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep) 10
PUBH 1007 Population Health and Society (WSTC) 10
NATS 0006 Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep) 10
Term 3  
BIOS 1037 Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC) 10
COMM 1008 Communication in Health (WSTC) 10
PUBH 2006 Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC) 10
Term 1
 
BIOS 1038 Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC) 10
BEHV 1015 Psychology and Health (WSTC) 10
HLTH 1014 Evidence in Health (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points100
Year 2
Spring sessionCredit Points
REHA 1008 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory 10
Select two electives 20
HLTH 1006 Movement and Skill Development 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
REHA 1007 Foundations of Recreational Therapy 10
Select three electives 30
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
REHA 2014 Recreational Therapy Assessment 10
REHA 3041 Facilitation in Recreational Therapy 10
REHA 3044 Shaping the Future of Recreational Therapy 10
REHA 3043 Recreational Therapy Internship 10
 Credit Points40
Summer session
BEHV 3002 Abnormal Psychology 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
REHA 3042 Health Practice Management 10
PUBH 3028 Transforming Health 10
REHA 2015 Recreational Therapy Process and Planning 10
Enrol again in:  
REHA 3043 Recreational Therapy Internship 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points270

Electives

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

Minors

Health Promotion, Minor
Health Practice Management, Minor
Leisure for Diverse Groups, Minor
Sport Development, Minor

Note

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