Therapeutic Recreation Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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.
- 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 201||RECREATION AND LEISURE IN MODERN SOCIETY||3|
|RCLS 220||LEADERSHIP IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||3|
|RCLS 240||OVERVIEW OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES||4|
|RCLS 270||DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||3|
|RCLS 313||WILDLAND RECREATION MANAGEMENT||3|
|RCLS 325||OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PROGRAMMING||3|
|RCLS 360||FACILITY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN||3|
|RCLS 385||PROGRAMMING IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||3|
|RCLS 400||LEGAL FOUNDATIONS IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||4|
|RCLS 425||EVALUATION, RESEARCH AND STATISTICS IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||4|
|RCLS 435||EMPLOYMENT PROCESSES IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||2|
|RCLS 455||RESORT AND COMMERCIAL RECREATION MANAGEMENT||3|
|RCLS 470||ADMINISTRATION, ORGANIZATION AND SUPERVISION IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||4|
|RCLS 480||BUDGETING IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||4|
|RCLS 490||SENIOR CAPSTONE IN RECREATION||4|
|Required Supporting Courses|
|BIOL 232||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS||5|
|BIOL 233||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS||5|
|HLED 256||MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY||2|
|or BIOL 234||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS|
|PSYC 201||LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT||5|
|PSYC 302||ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY||5|
|RCLS 345||THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES||3|
|RCLS 420||PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION||5|
|RCLS 440||PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION||4|
|RCLS 445||PROCESSES AND TECHNIQUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION||4|
|RCLS 450||ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION||4|
|RCLS 493||THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP (Therapeutic Recreation majors have specific requirements to fulfill and must consult with their advisor)||12|
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.