Therapeutic Recreation (TR), also known as Recreational Therapy (RT), is an occupation that utilizes recreation, leisure, play, and other activity-based interventions (techniques/programs) to address the needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to stimulate and improve psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being.
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This is a non-candidacy program with a clinical component requiring a 60-hour internship in a long-term care setting. Recreational Therapy (RT) has some overlap with Occupational Therapy (OT) as both are listed as a “Rehabilitation Therapy Service” in healthcare settings. RT focuses on individualized interventions to enhance physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well-being through recreation and leisure activities.
Upon graduation, students can enter the field seeking positions as a Recreation Assistant, Recreation Leader, or Activity Leader. More advanced positions in the field, including a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, require a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
A. REQUIRED CORE: 13 credits
English: 6 credits
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
Life & Physical Sciences: 4 credits
B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 19 Credits
Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.
Note: To complete the degree requirements from the flexible core, students are required to take SCB204 (Scientific World) and SSY240 (Individual and Society).
|HSF090 First Year Seminar for Health Sciences
|SCN195 Community Health
|HUP102 Critical Thinking
|SSY101 General Psychology
|SSY230 Abnormal Psychology
|SSY241 Developmental Psychology II
|HTR100 Introduction to Recreation & Leisure
|HTR101 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
|HTR102 Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation
|HTR200 Therapeutic Recreation in Long Term Care
|HTR201 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Fieldwork
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