Parks and Recreation / Environmental Education
Therapeutic recreation specialists, also known as recreational therapists, use selective activities to address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs of persons with illness or disability. Activity modalities and intervention techniques are utilized to improve function/health and to promote independence and wellness.
The bachelor of science degree emphasis in therapeutic recreation supplements a solid liberal studies foundation with course work related to human development/growth and movement. Field work, practicum, and a culminating internship assist students in gaining experience in a TR setting prior to graduation. In addition, students may choose from several specialty tracks which offer focused coursework to enhance knowledge and skills in a given area, i.e., mental health, rehabilitation, corrections, gerontology, and community. Minors are also available in related areas such as gerontology, exceptionalities, psychology, sociology, and adapted physical activity and rehabilitation.
The therapeutic recreation program is designed with the intent that students will meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Council for Certification.