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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

FA = Fall SP = Spring SU = Summer


Course Number Course Description Credits Semester Offered
RECR 1870 Introduction to Recreation and Park Services 3 FA, SP 
RECR 2110 Recreation Leadership Skills and Techniques 4 FA, SP 
RECR 3330 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services 3  FA, SP 
RECR 3840 Design and Maintenance of Recreation and Park Resources 4 FA, SP 
RECR 3870 Internship Seminar for Recreation and Parks Professions 2 FA, SP 
RECR 3970 Practicum in Recreation, Parks, or Therapeutic Recreation 3  FA, SP, SU 
RECR 4110 Program Development in Recreation Services 3 FA, SP 
RECR 4130 Administration of Recreation and Park Services 3 FA, SP 
RECR 4850 Advanced Administration and Evaluation 3 FA, SP 
RECR 4890 Internship in Recreation, Parks, or Therapeutic Recreation* 12-14 FA, SP, SU 
PSY 2210 Psychology of Human Development 3 FA, SP, SU 
CORE SUBTOTAL 43-45 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.

Therapeutic Recreation Concentration


Course Number Course Description Credits Semester Offered
 BIO 3230 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology for Secondary Education  5 FA
 RECR 3430 Program Development in Therapeutic Recreation  3  FA
 RECR 3530 Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation   4 FA
 RECR 4030 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation  3 SP
 RECR 4150 Advanced Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation  4 SP
 PSY 3620 Abnormal Psychology  3 FA, SP, SU


ELECTIVE COURSES (select a minimum of 6 credits within courses that begin with HCM, HSP, ITP, PSY, SOC)*

 * Extended major, no minor required. Students must have a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate from the University.

* Students must have a minimum of 18 credits of supportive coursework for National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification eligibility.

71 - 73 total credits required for the Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation Services





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