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Recreational Therapy, also known as Therapeutic Recreation, is a profession that contributes to the broad spectrum of health care through treatment, education and the provision of adapted recreational opportunities.

These areas are instrumental to improving and maintaining physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning, preventing secondary health conditions, as well as enhancing independent living skills and overall quality of life.

The goal of our program is “to prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.” Both programs are also offered in an online format. Visit FIU Online to learn more.

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.


Combined BS/MS in Recreational Therapy Pathway

This pathway 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. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for requirements.


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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

Contact Us

Department of Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology
11200 SW 8th Street, ZEB 310
Miami, FL 33199
Tel: 305-348-9905