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Therapeutic Recreation

Rhonda Nelson Ph.D., CTRS, Program Director
1700 N. Broad Street
Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Main Office Phone: 215-204-2703
Fax: 215-204-1386
http://chpsw.temple.edu/rs/therapeutic-recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation Program is composed of three degrees: a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation, an M.S. in Recreation Therapy, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Health Ecology.  Additionally, the Therapeutic Recreation Program offers an accelerated M.S. degree program (5 year B.S. to M.S. degree program), which provides the opportunity for qualifying students studying recreation therapy as an undergraduate to begin taking graduate level courses within their undergraduate curriculum and therefore complete an M.S. in Recreation Therapy in a total of 5 years (4 year B.S. + 1 year M.S.).  Recreation therapists use recreation and leisure activities to facilitate recovery, health, and wellness in individuals with disabilities. The primary goal of the undergraduate program is to prepare entry-level recreation therapists to use play and recreation generally, and recreation therapy specifically as a means of psychosocial adaptation, health promotion, rehabilitation, and life quality for children, adults, and the elderly who have illness and disability.  The curriculum is focused on assuring that graduates have proficiency in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to function as recreation therapists in traditional and emerging service delivery settings.  Alumni of Temple's therapeutic recreation degree programs can be found in a wide range of health and human services agencies.  They are employed in diverse settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, schools, and community recreation agencies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities are expected to increase approximately 17%, as fast as the average for all other occupations.  A growth in employment opportunities will be most prevalent in the areas of aging/nursing care facilities, as well as with students with disabilities in schools and in outpatient medical facilities vs. inpatient care.

Mission of the Program

The Therapeutic Recreation Program strives to be a world class academic and research unit committed to advancing the role of play, recreation, and leisure opportunities in health promotion, rehabilitation and disease prevention for diverse individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities across the life span.  The program provides exceptional educational experiences, conducts discipline-expanding research, and contributes to society via programs that explore and test evidenced-based innovations in practice and policy.  The program's mission includes:

  • Instilling knowledge, values, ethics and skills that will guide students in their future academic pursuits and their professional practice in therapeutic recreation at the local, national and international levels;
  • Being a leading contributor to the ever-changing knowledge base in health, leisure, and disability studies through research and other scholarly activities;
  • Providing innovative and responsive educational opportunities, research and service in collaboration with local, regional, and national agencies and organizations; and,
  • Fostering interdisciplinary collaborations to promote a better understanding of the importance of physically and socially active lifestyles to health, well-being and quality of life.

Central to the overall mission of the Therapeutic Recreation Program is a commitment to access and diversity.  This is realized through a commitment to ensuring equal access to all qualified applicants (students and faculty) and a commitment to promoting equal access to recreation and leisure opportunities for all people regardless of age, economics, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, religion or abilities.

 

Certification

Following satisfactory completion of all coursework and internship requirements, graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation are eligible to sit for the national certifying examination in therapeutic recreation administered by Educational Testing Services and the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Therapeutic Recreation - Bachelor of Science

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Therapeutic Recreation is awarded to students upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 121 semester hours of credit with a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall and 2.5 in the major. Students completing this degree are eligible to sit for the national credentialing examination for recreation therapists.

 

Summary of Requirements

1. University Requirements.

  • All students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum. Please note that the University GenEd curriculum has specific rules regarding the completion of this university requirement (for example, the number of classes a student may take in one department to satisfy GenEd Requirements), so careful review of the GenEd web site (http://gened.temple.edu/students/requirements/) is encouraged. 
  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing. 
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.  Writing Intensive classes required for Therapeutic Recreation include Therapeutic Recreation 3096: Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation 3196: Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation 4196: Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures.
  • Students are also encouraged to review University requirements for successful progression through the academic careers.  Knowledge of course repeat policies, including the withdrawal policy, academic standing, rules on taking courses elsewhere, etc., can be found in the Academic Policies section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.


2. Therapeutic Recreation Program Requirements. Students must complete a set of specific courses in the major, including Health Related Professions Core, Cognate Core, Therapeutic Recreation major courses, and two credit-earning field-based clinical internships (Therapeutic Recreation 3185 and Therapeutic Recreation 4185). Students may choose from a list of approved external related electives, which are courses related to the major, and required for certification, but offered outside of the department. Students must also complete other non-credit earning requirements as part of the major, including 70 hours of professional development/volunteer experiences relevant to the major, criminal and child abuse clearances, health immunization and physical documentation, and certification in First-Aid/CPR.

  • Health Related Professions Core (6 s.h.). Two (2) courses are required:

       a. Select one from Health Related Professions 1101, Health Related Professions 1201, or Therapeutic Recreation 0813; and

       b. Health Related Professions 2103

  • Cognate Core (16 s.h.). Five (5) courses are required:

        Kinesiology 1223, Psychology 1001, Psychology 1003/Sociology 1167, Psychology 2301 and Psychology 2201

Students must successfully pass all Health Related Professions courses and Cognate Core courses with a minimum grade of C.  Students not demonstrating the ability to meet this academic requirement will not be permitted to progress to the Upper-Division Therapeutic Recreation Core and related electives in the curriculum until the minimum grade of C is achieved.

  • External Related Electives (3 s.h.)

Students will seek advisement from the Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor in the Therapeutic Recreation Program for approved external related electives.

  • Lower-Division Therapeutic Recreation Coursework (6 s.h.). Two (2) courses are required:

Therapeutic Recreation 1102, 2103

  • Upper-Division Therapeutic Recreation Coursework (48 s.h.). Thirteen (13) courses are required:

        a. Therapeutic Recreation 2104, 3096, 3103, 3111, 3196, 4111, 4196

        b. Two Internship Experiences: Therapeutic Recreation 3185 (3 s.h.), Therapeutic Recreation 4185 (12 s.h.)

        c. Therapeutic Recreation Electives: Choose Four (4) from the following: Therapeutic Recreation 2201, 2203, 2205, 3203, 4205, 4211, 4213

All Therapeutic Recreation courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.


 

Suggested Semester by Semester Plan

 

The following grid displays required courses. Please note that, unless specified otherwise, students may select from a number of university-approved courses in the various areas of the GenEd curriculum.

GenEd Requirements for Newly Admitted Freshman Students

Year 1 – Fall (Term 1)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English
0802, 0812 or 0902
Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 1 – Spring (Term 2)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd
08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy* 4 GQ
Psychology 1001 Introduction to Psychology 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Health Related Professions
  or
Therapeutic Recreation
  or
Health Related Professions
1101
  or
0813
  or
1201
Contemporary Aspects of Disability
     or
Disability Identity
     or
Introduction to Health Professions
3  
Subtotal     16  
*Mathematics 0824 is the suggested QA to meet pre-requisite requirements for Psychology 1003/Sociology 1167
 
Year 2 – Fall (Term 3)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Kinesiology 1223 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 (GS)
Therapeutic Recreation 2103 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 1102 Adapted Sport, Recreation & Inclusive Leisure Services 3  
Psychology 2301  Foundations of Developmental Psychology   3  
Subtotal     16  
* Satisfactory completion of Kinesiology 1223 along with Kinesiology 1224 or any GS will meet the two-course GenEd Science & Technology requirement.
 
Year 2 – Spring (Term 4)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Elective
Elective
Elective
2-3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology or Kinesiology 1224* 3-4 GS
Psychology 2201 Foundations of Psychopathology 3  
Select one of the following Sociology/Psychology courses: 3  
Sociology
  or
Psychology
1167
  or
1003
Social Statistics
     or
Statistics for Psychology
   
Subtotal     14-17  
* Satisfactory completion of Kinesiology 1223 along with Kinesiology 1224 or any GS will meet the two-course GenEd Science & Technology requirement.
Please note: Therapeutic Recreation 2205 will also satisfy a Therapeutic Recreation Elective. This course is also offered in the summer semesters.
 
Year 3 – Fall (Term 5)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3096 Assessment & Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation^^ 3 WI
Therapeutic Recreation 2104 Therapeutic Recreation Modalities 3  
Elective   Elective 3  
Elective   Elective 3  
Select one from the following Therapeutic Recreation Electives:* 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 2201
  or
2203
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities**
     or
Assistive Technology in Recreation**
   
Subtotal     15  
* Four Therapeutic Recreation Elective courses (12 s.h.) required for graduation.
**These courses are offered in the fall semester only.
^^ Indicates writing intensive course for the major.
 
Year 3 – Spring (Term 6)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3103 Professional Seminar II 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3111 Health Promotion through Leisure Education 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3185 Internship I 3  
Select 2 from the following Therapeutic Recreation Electives:* 6  
Therapeutic Recreation 4205
  or
4211
  or
4213
  or
2205
Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Service Settings**
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Physical Disabilities**
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Pediatric Healthcare**
     or
Adventure Challenge/Programming
   
Subtotal     15  
* Four Therapeutic Recreation Elective courses (12 s.h.) required for graduation.
**These courses are offered in the spring semester only.
Please note: Therapeutic Recreation 2205 will also satisfy a Therapeutic Recreation Elective. This course is also offered in the summer semesters.
 
Year 4 – Fall (Term 7)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3196 Research & Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation^
3 WI
Therapeutic Recreation 4196 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures^^
3 WI
Select one from the following Therapeutic Recreation Electives:* 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3203
  or
2201
  or
2203
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health**
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities**
     or
Assistive Technology in Recreation**
   
Related Elective   See advisor for course selection. *** 3  
Elective     2-3  
Subtotal     14-15  
^ Indicates writing intensive capstone for the major.
^^ Indicates writing intensive course for the major.
* Four Therapeutic Recreation Elective courses (12 s.h.) required for graduation.
**These courses are offered in the fall semester only.
*** Related Elective: The related elective course selected must qualify as supportive coursework in the area of human services for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.  See advisor for additional clarification.
 
Year 4 – Spring (Term 8)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 4185 Internship II 12  
Subtotal     15  
 
Total Credits Required for Degree: 121 (minimum)

Note:  Students may lighten their academic load in the fall and spring semesters by taking classes during the summer sessions.  Please see your advisor to explore summer course offerings and suitable options.


GenEd-to-GenEd Transfer Curriculum

The following course sequencing for Fall and Spring transfers is based on meeting Temple University's GenEd-to-GenEd Transfer requirements for students with an approved associate degree from a community college with an approved GenEd-to-GenEd agreement.  (See GenEd Transfer programs at www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_programs/general_education/transfer.shtm). If your transfer courses do not include coursework in anatomy and physiology, human growth and development, and abnormal psychology, you will be required to take these courses as part of your B.S. degree. In some instances, the general elective requirements identified may be used to meet this requirement. Students should check with their academic advisor or the Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator regularly to make certain they are meeting all requirements to be eligible for graduation. 

FALL TRANSFER

1st Semester - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Health Related Professions
   or
Therapeutic Recreation
   or
Health Related Professions
1101
  or
0813
  or

1201
Contemporary Aspects of Disability
      or

Disability Identity
      or
Introduction to Health Professions
3

Therapeutic Recreation 1102 Adapted Sport, Recreation & Inclusive Leisure Services 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 2103 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3  
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
Related Elective   See advisor for course selection* 3  
Subtotal     15  
* Related Elective: The related elective course selected must qualify as supportive coursework in the area of human services for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.  See advisor for additional clarification.
 
2nd Semester - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3096 Assessment & Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation^^ 3 WI
Therapeutic Recreation 3103 Professional Seminar II 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3111 Health Promotion through Leisure Education
3  
Therapeutic Recreation 2104 Therapeutic Recreation Modalities 3  
Select two of the following Therapeutic Recreation courses: 6  
Therapeutic Recreation 4205
  or
4211
  or
4213
  or
2205
Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Service Settings*
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Physical Disabilities***
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Pediatric Health Care***
     or
Adventure Challenge/Programming **
   
Subtotal     18  
^^ Indicates writing intensive course for the major.
* These courses are offered in the spring semester only.
**This course is also offered in the summer for students wishing to lighten their course load during the academic year.
*** These courses are offered in the spring semester only and would require special instructor permission to take concurrently with Therapeutic Recreation 3096: Assessment and Documentation
3rd Semester - Summer
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3185 Internship I 3  
Subtotal     3  
 
4th Semester - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3196 Research & Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation^ 3 WI
Therapeutic Recreation 4196 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures^^
3 WI
Related Elective   See advisor for course selection* 3  
Elective     3  
Select two of the following Therapeutic Recreation courses: 6  
Therapeutic Recreation 2201
  or
2203
  or
3203
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities**
     or
Assistive Technology in Recreation**
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health**
   
Subtotal     18  
^ Indicates writing-intensive capstone for the major.
^^ Indicates writing-intensive course for the major.
* Related Elective: The related elective course selected must qualify as supportive coursework in the area of human services for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.  See advisor for additional clarification.
** These courses are offered in the fall semester only.
 
5th Semester - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 4185 Internship II 12  
Subtotal     15

 

         
Total Credits Required for Degree 121 (minimum)

 

SPRING TRANSFER

1st Semester - Spring      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Health Related Professions
  or
Therapeutic Recreation
  or
Health Related Professions
1101
  or
0813
  or

1201
Contemporary Aspects of Disability
      or

Disability Identity
      or
Introduction to Health Professions
3

GB
Therapeutic Recreation 1102 Adapted Sport, Recreation & Inclusive Leisure Services 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 2103 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 2104 Therapeutic Recreation Modalities 3  
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3096 Assessment & Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation^^ 3 WI
Subtotal     18  
^^ Indicates writing intensive course for the major.
 
2nd Semester - Summer
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3185 Internship I 3  
Subtotal     3  
Please note: Therapeutic Recreation 2205 will also satisfy a Therapeutic Recreation elective.  This course is also offered in the summer semesters.
 
3rd Semester - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3103 Professional Seminar II 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3196 Research & Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation^ 3 WI
Select two of the following Therapeutic Recreation courses:
Therapeutic Recreation 2201
  or
2203
  or
3203
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities**
     or
Assistive Technology in Recreation**
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health**
6  
Elective  
3  
Subtotal     15  
** These courses are offered in the fall semester only.
^ Indicates writing-intensive capstone for the major.
 
4th Semester - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 3111 Health Promotion through Leisure Education
3  
Therapeutic Recreation 4196 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures^
3 WI
Related Elective   See advisor for course selection* 3  
Related Elective   See advisor for course selection* 3  
Select two of the following Therapeutic Recreation courses: 6  
Therapeutic Recreation 2205
  or 
4211
  or
4213
  or
4205
Adventure Challenge/Programming
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Physical Disabilities**
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Pediatric Health Care**
     or
Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Service Settings**
   
Subtotal     18  
^ Indicates writing-intensive course for the major.
* Related Elective: The related elective course selected must qualify as supportive coursework in the area of human services for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.  See advisor for additional clarification.
** These courses are offered in the spring semester only.
 
5th Semester - Summer
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Therapeutic Recreation 4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 4185 Internship II 12  
Subtotal     15  
         
Total Credits Required for Degree 121 (minimum)
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