Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Recreational Therapy, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Pre-Physical Therapy 3+3 - Rock Studies

Recreational Therapy Program Learning Outcomes

  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Upon completion of the degree program RT students will write professionally and effectively, according to expectations of the Recreational Therapy profession.
  • Life-Long Learning: Recognize the importance of lifelong learning and demonstrates responsibly for self-assessment and growth.  This ability is evident through the demonstration of self initiating behaviors, anticipating and responding to changes in a productive manner, assuming responsibility for continuous self reflection assessment of strengths and limitations and in seeking out information from a variety of resources in an independent manner.
  • Methodological Proficiency: Upon completion of the degree program RT students will use an analytical framework to facilitate the Recreational Therapy process to meet the needs of individuals. The abilities developed include a solid knowledge of the RT process, assessment methods, planning skills, intervention, techniques and strategies, and evaluation skills.
  • Professional Decision Making: Analyze and synthesize complex information to make sound clinical decisions.  This ability is inclusive of areas such as problem solving, critical thinking, evaluation and organization with application to clinical and non clinical areas.
  • Professional Interactions: Effectively communicates with people in a variety of professional contexts including assisting clients in confronting and coping with life challenges, collaborating on teams and presenting information in oral and written formats. The abilities developed include striving to maintain objectivity, tolerating ambiguity, appreciating diversity and adhering to conventional standards of expression.
  • Valuing Ethical Responsibilities: Act with professional values in all situations.  These skills include maintaining appropriate humane and ethical treatment of individuals as well as upholding the professional code of ethics. This expertise includes formulating value judgments reflecting a respect for dignity and individuality of every person.

What are your options?

Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3: Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years rather than seven. In the first three years, you complete your exercise science major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program. During your third undergraduate year, you apply for admission into the SRU DPT program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU DPT program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Pre-Physical Therapy (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your exercise science major and the pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program and apply to the SRU DPT program in your senior year.

Related Links

Recreational Therapy - Pre-Physical Therapy, BS Program Page

Recreational Therapy Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

1st Major: Recreational Therapy

  • Overall GPA: 2.50 or higher
  • Major GPA includes Major Requirements: 2.75 or higher

2nd Major: Pre-PT SRU 3+3 Recreational Therapy

  • Overall GPA: 3.00 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements51
NCTRC Certification Requirements18
Electives26

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits. Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate. However, because this is a pre-professional program, credits taken during the 1st year of the graduate program are applied toward the undergraduate credit hours to meet the 120 credits required for your undergraduate degree.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
PHIL 325Medical/Health Care Ethics3
Social Science Inquiry
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
Subtotal16
Thematic Thread
Select 12 credits: 212
Developmental Psychology (required)
At least two 300 level or above courses
Additional Course
Total Hours43

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • If you choose to pursue Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 Recreational Therapy and are not accepted into the DPT program, then additional coursework is required to complete a first major of Recreational Therapy. Please refer to the Recreational Therapy Curriculum Guide.
Recreational Therapy Courses
Must earn a “C” or better in all of the following RCTH courses:
RCTH 120Disability, Community Inclusion, and Diversity 13
RCTH 220Recreational Therapy Services 13
RCTH 232Recreational Therapy for People with Physical Disabilities 13
RCTH 233Recreational Therapy for People with Psychosocial and Mental Disorders 13
RCTH 314Clinical Aspects of Recreational Therapy 13
RCTH 317Organization and Management of Recreational Therapy Practice 13
RCTH 319Client Assessment in Recreational Therapy 13
RCTH 320Recreational Therapy Program Design 13
RCTH 351Recreational Therapy Practicum 13
RCTH 415Challenges and Trends in Recreational Therpay 13
RCTH 420Recreational Therapy for Older Adults 13
RCTH 422Recreational Therapy Interventions I 13
RCTH 423Recreational Therapy Interventions II 13
RCTH 450Internship 112
Total Hours51

NCTRC Certification Requirements

These courses must be completed by the student in order to be eligible to take NCTRC Certification Exam

PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology 13
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology 13
PSYC 276Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PE 360Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Physical Activity/Lab3
PE 364Biomechanics of Individuals with Disabilities3
PHIL 325Medical/Health Care Ethics 13
Total Hours18

Additional Physical Therapy Prerequisite Courses

BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 13
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 13
CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 108General Chemistry II3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab1
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab 14
PHYS 202Elements of Physics II/ Lab4
PSYC 244Developmental Psychology 13
Total Hours28

Co-curricular and Experimental Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  2. Student-faculty research
  3. Student leadership development
  4. Service-learning classes
  5. Internships
  6. Volunteering

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Prerequisite Admission Requirements – Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3

For Application Requirements

Please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy) website for requirements: www.sru.edu/PT

Liberal Studies and Rock Studies

Prerequisite Courses - SRU Physical Therapy
Select one of the following:6
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
and Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
and Animal Physiology with Lab
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
Select one of the following:8
Elements of Physics I with Lab
and Elements of Physics II/ Lab
General Physics I with Lab
and General Physics III/ Lab
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
or BIOL 325 Biometry with Lab
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Additional Psychology Course 13
Total Hours31

Requirements for Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3

If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+3 designation will be removed from the student’s record:

  1. A 3.0 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).

Provision

Should a Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st two semesters (fall or spring) of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, Physical Therapy courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major. Students may still apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program with an earned Bachelor’s degree.

RECREATIONAL THERAPY - BS (6393)
PRE-PT SRU 3+3 (63P2)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 8-2019
UCC 3.26.2019

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

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