2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 02, 2023  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Therapeutic Recreation [TR]

Therapeutic recreation services are provided to individuals with disabilities and other diverse needs in a variety of settings, from hospitals, to group homes, to human service centers.

Advanced-level study in therapeutic recreation, rehabilitation and human services allows graduates of this major in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department  to qualify to sit for the national certification examination to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). This major is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Career Potential

  • Therapeutic recreation specialist in health-care facilities such as rehabilitation hospitals and psychiatric centers
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist in long-term care facilities
  • Therapeutic recreation manager
  • Inclusion specialist in community parks and recreation departments or nonprofit agencies

C. Internship: 12 credit hours

Students may not enroll in additional course work while enrolled in the internship.

D. Other: 15 credit hours

  • Activity Requirement: at least two different recreation activities (2-6 cr. hr.)
  • Liberal Arts and Free Electives (3-7 cr. hr.)
  • First Aid Requirement: certification in First Aid/CPR/AED or higher

This certification is a prerequisite for REC 475: Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services and must be current for the duration of the REC 475 internship. Acceptable certifications can be found in the advisement manual.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 121

Example of the B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation over four years

Links to General Education (GE); Foreign Language

Total credit hours for semester: 16

First Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Total credit hours for semester: 16

Second Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester 16

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Total credit hours for semester 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester: 15

Total credit hours for semester 12