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Therapeutic Recreation Major Requirements

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), recreational therapy or Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.

What does a Therapeutic Recreation graduate do?

A recreational therapist utilizes a wide range of techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure needs of their clients. A recreational therapist works with the client, their family members and others significant to the improvement of their health condition. Recreational therapists assist clients to develop skills, knowledge and behaviors for daily living and community involvement. The goal of recreational therapy is to restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability.

Recreation Management Major Requirements


Course Number Course Description Credits
RECR 1870 Recreation, Leisure & Well-Being 3
RECR 2110 Recreation Leadership Skills and Techniques 4
RECR 3330 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services 3
RECR 3840 Design and Maintenance of Recreation and Park Resources 4
RECR 3870 Internship Seminar for Recreation and Parks Professions 2
RECR 3970 Practicum in Recreation, Parks or Therapeutic Recreation 3
RECR 4110 Program Development in Recreation and Park Services 3
RECR 4130 Administration of Recreation and Services 3
RECR 4850 Advanced Administration and Evaluation 3
RECR 4890 Internship in Recreation, Parks or Therapeutic Recreation 10-14
PSY 2210 Psychology of Human Development 3

CORE SUBTOTAL 40-42 Credits**
*12-14 Hours of Internship
 required with a GPA of 2.75 or higher
**A grade of C or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor's degree. 

Theraputic Management Concentration


Course Number Course Description Credits
BIO 3230 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 5
RECR 3430 Program Development in Therapeutic Recreation 3
RECR 3530 Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation 4
RECR 390T  Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services 3
RECR 4030 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation 3
RECR 4150  Advanced Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation  4
PSY 3620 Abnormal Psychology 3
ELECTIVES With Advisor Select 6 credits: RECR, HCM, HSP, IHC, PSY, SOC  

*No minor required. Students must have a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate from MSU Denver.

Therapeutic Recreation students must have a minimum of 18 credit hours of supportive coursework for National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification eligibility. See your advisor for additional information.


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