Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies

Therapeutic Recreation, also known as Recreational Therapy, is an allied health profession in the Department of Therapeutic Recreation & Leisure Studies that uses a systematic process utilizing recreation and other activity-based interventions. Recreation therapy address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well- being. The program offers a Master’s of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Upon completion of the curriculum, students apply to take a national certification examination.

In clinical settings, such as hospitals, psychiatric or skilled nursing facilities, substance abuse programs, and rehabilitation centers, recreational therapists treat and rehabilitate individuals with specific medical, social, and behavioral problems, usually in cooperation with physicians; nurses; psychologists; social workers; and speech, physical, and occupational therapists. In long-term, continuing care or residential facilities, recreational therapists may be involved in providing treatment as well as activities designed to maintain functioning and enhance the life quality of residents. In community settings, therapeutic recreation specialists work in adult care, outpatient programming, adaptive sports and recreation programs, home health, private consulting, developmental disabilities services, and other health and human services.

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