Therapeutic Recreation Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Therapeutic Recreation specialists are involved in helping individuals with disabilities learn the skills and attitudes necessary to develop a satisfying leisure lifestyle. Therapeutic Recreation is concerned with the treatment of conditions which are disabling and the facilitation of independent leisure functioning.

This major offers the student a track that will allow them to be eligible to take the national certification examination. The major is nationally accredited and provides a strong educational background for the student. Graduates tend to work in hospitals, state facilities, group treatment and community-based programs in the area of rehabilitation, leisure education and community integration.

Notes:

  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.
  • current First Aid/CPR card is required for all majors.

  • a minimum grade ≥2.50 must be obtained in each required RCLS course (if a lower grade is received, the course must be retaken);

  • a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.50 shall be necessary in all upper- and lower-division required RCLS courses;

  • a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.50 shall be required for all university coursework; failure to comply with the above standards will jeopardize professional internship eligibility.

Notes: Students interested in the Therapeutic Recreation Major must apply and be accepted into the Therapeutic Recreation program to start fall quarter. The required prerequisites are PSYC 100 with a grade ≥2.0; ENGL 201 (or equivalent English course) with a grade ≥2.0; and a passing grade in one college Chemistry class. The application also requires a 2–3 page essay addressing the following points: brief autobiography including some interesting facts about yourself (interests, hobbies, etc.), how you became interested in Therapeutic Recreation and any experiences you've had in this area and a description of your overall academic and career goals. Transcripts are required for transfer students only. The application form is available online on the PEHR Department website .  

*The deadline for submission is April 1st. Selection will be determined by application essay and overall grades from PSYC 100 and ENGL 201. Applications will be reviewed and students will be notified by the first week of May.

Required Core Courses
RCLS 201RECREATION AND LEISURE IN MODERN SOCIETY3
RCLS 220LEADERSHIP IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES3
RCLS 240OVERVIEW OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES4
RCLS 270DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES3
RCLS 313WILDLAND RECREATION MANAGEMENT3
RCLS 325OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PROGRAMMING3
RCLS 360FACILITY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN3
RCLS 385PROGRAMMING IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES3
RCLS 400LEGAL FOUNDATIONS IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
RCLS 425EVALUATION, RESEARCH AND STATISTICS IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
RCLS 435EMPLOYMENT PROCESSES IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES2
RCLS 455RESORT AND COMMERCIAL RECREATION MANAGEMENT3
RCLS 470ADMINISTRATION, ORGANIZATION AND SUPERVISION IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
RCLS 480BUDGETING IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
RCLS 490SENIOR CAPSTONE IN RECREATION4
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 232HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
BIOL 233HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
HLED 256MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY2
or BIOL 234 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS
PSYC 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT5
PSYC 302ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY5
RCLS 345THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES3
RCLS 420PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION5
RCLS 440PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION4
RCLS 445PROCESSES AND TECHNIQUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION4
RCLS 450ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION4
RCLS 493THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP (Therapeutic Recreation majors have specific requirements to fulfill and must consult with their advisor)12
Total Credits104

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate, through a variety of activities, and participate in events that give a better understanding of how an individual with a disability or illness can participate in leisure activities and apply that knowledge to their internship experience;
  • demonstrate skills and techniques to assist individuals in learning to cope with the effects of their disabilities or illness;
  • demonstrate the knowledge base to successfully complete the NCTRC Certification practice tests to better prepare students for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam;
  • demonstrate an understanding and application of the therapeutic recreation process: assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate knowledge of and skill at research, problem solving, and critical thinking;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of technology and its various uses in the recreation profession;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the history, breadth, depth, and complexity of the recreation and leisure services industry;
  • demonstrate an awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion, and will demonstrate multi‐cultural competence in recreation and leisure service delivery settings;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the career and entrepreneurship opportunities available upon graduation.