The goal of our program is “to prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and
Students in the Recreational Therapy Program have the option of pursuing one of two tracks. For more information about degree options, consult the program flowchart or screen reader-friendly flowchart.
Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation
To pursue a career in Recreational Therapy, there are several different academic tracks that students can choose from to further customize their education. Regardless of what program track students choose, everyone must begin in the Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation track.
4+1 BS/MS in Recreational Therapy
This track prepares students to be eligible for certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, work as a recreational therapist after the bachelor's degree and also be able to complete a master's degree online in one year in continuation after the BS. Having a master's degree in the field will allow students to be more competitive for RT jobs and likely become an administrator or manager in the future.
College to Career
- Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation: Inclusive recreation services, adaptive sports services, activities assistant in long-term care, adult day training services
- Recreational Therapy: Assisted living facilities, adapted sports programs, schools, veterans’ services, private practice