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Therapeutic Recreation

 

John Shank, Ed. D., CTRS, Chair
1700 N. Broad St.
Suite 313
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Main Office Phone: 215-204-2703
Fax: 215-204-1386
www.temple.edu/TR

The Department of Therapeutic Recreation is composed of three degrees: a B.S. in therapeutic recreation, an Ed.M. in therapeutic recreation, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Health Studies with a cognate concentration in TR.  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 deliver rehabilitation, health promotion, and disease prevention programs to individuals with disabilities.  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 continue growing in the residential and outpatient settings that serve disabled persons, the elderly, or those diagnosed with mental retardation, mental illness, or substance abuse problems, including community care facilities for the elderly (including assisted living facilities), residential mental retardation, mental health, and substance abuse facilities; and facilities that provide individual and family services (such as day care centers for the disabled persons and the elderly).

Mission of the Department

The Department of Therapeutic Recreation 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 department 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 department’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; and,
  • Providing innovative and responsive educational opportunities, research and service in collaboration with local, regional, and national agencies and organizations.
  • 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 Department of Therapeutic Recreation 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 B.S. 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 (BS) degree in Therapeutic Recreation (TR) 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. Students must complete University Core requirements (36-43 s.h.), including 9 semester hours of writing-intensive courses (WI). Certain courses fulfill both University Core requirements and major requirements. These include Kinesiology 1223 (first-level science core requirement), Psychology/Sociology 1167 (second-level quantitative reasoning core requirement), Psychology 1061 (Individual & Society core) and Health Related Professions 1101 (Individual & Society core).


2. Major Requirements. Students must complete a set of specific courses in the major, including two credit-earning field-based clinical internships (TR 3185 and TR 4185). Students may choose from a list of approved external related electives, which are courses related to the major but offered outside the Department. Students must also complete other non-credit earning requirements as part of the major, including 120 hours of professional/volunteer experiences relevant to the major, certification in First-Aid/CPR, and a Library Skills competency test (also called Temple Information Literacy Tutorial or TILT).

Students must successfully pass all Health Related Professions courses (HRP 1101, 2103) and Cognate Core courses (KNSLOGY 1223, PSYCH 1061, PSYCH/SOC 1167, PSYCH 2301/EDUC 1322, and PSYCH 2201) with a minimum grade of C or higher.  Students not demonstrating the ability to meet this academic requirement will not be permitted to progress to the Upper Division TR Core and related electives in the curriculum until the minimum C is achieved.  In addition, all TR courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.  In accordance with College policy, students may only repeat a course once to achieve the minimum C. 

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 Core Curriculum.

An asterisk (*) after the Core Indicator indicates the Writing Capstone.

Year 1 – Fall Semester       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English
1002/1022
College Composition 3 CO/RC
         
Select one of the following Health Related Professions Courses: 3  
Health Related
Professions
1101
 
1201
Contemporary Aspects of Disability (preferred)
    or
Introduction to Health Professions


IN
Mathematics 1011 College Math 3 QA
Core Elective Select a course from indicated Core area 3 or 4 LA/IS
Core Elective Select a course from indicated Core area 3 AR/RS
Core   Library Skills 0  
Subtotal     15-16  

Year 1 – Spring Semester       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Psychology 1061 Psychology as a Social Science 3 IN
Therapeutic
Recreation
1102 Adapted Sport, Recreation & Inclusive Leisure Services 3  
Intellectual
Heritage
1196 Intellectual Heritage I 3 IA
Core Elective Select a course from indicated Core Area 3 AR/RS
Core Elective Select a course from indicated Core Area 3 or 4 LB/IS
Subtotal     15-16  

Year 2 – Fall Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Kinesiology 1223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 SA
Therapeutic
Recreation
2103 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3  
Open Elective   General Elective 3  
Intellectual
Heritage
1297 Intellectual Heritage II 3 IB
         
Select one of the following Psychology/Education courses: 3  
Psychology

Education
2301
 
1322
Developmental Psychology
   or
The Developing Individual Across the Life Span

 
Subtotal     16  

Year 2 – Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Health Related
Professions
2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
STHM (External Related Elective) 1496 Leisure in American Culture (preferred)
or other American Culture core
3 AC
Therapeutic Recreation 2104 Therapeutic Recreation Modalities 3  
Core Elective Select any SB course 3 or 4 SB
         
Select one of the following Psychology/Sociology courses: 3  
Psychology

Sociology
1167
 
1167
Foundations in Statistical Methods
    or
Social Statistics


QB
Subtotal     15-16  

Year 3 – Fall Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
3101 Assessment & Documentation 3  
Psychology 2201 Foundations of Psychopathology 3  
Open Elective   General Elective 3  
Required Elective   Related Writing-Intensive Elective 3 WI
         
Select one of the following Therapeutic Recreation Courses: 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3203
 
2201
TR & Mental Health
   or
TR & Developmental Disabilities
   
Subtotal     15  

Year 3 – Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3185 Internship I (Pre-req: TR 2103, TR 3101, TR 2104) 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3111 Health Promotion through Leisure (Pre-req TR 1102 & TR 2103)   3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3103 Professional Seminar 3  
Open Elective   General Elective 3  
         
Select two of the following Therapeutic Recreation courses: 6  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3205

3211

3213
TR & Long Term Care
    or
TR & Physical Disabilities
    or
TR & Pediatric Health Care
   
Subtotal     18  

Year 4 – Fall Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
4196 Clinical Procedures in TR  (pre-req: TR 3185, TR 3101, TR 2104) 3 WI*
Therapeutic
Recreation
4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation (Pre-req: TR 3185) 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3196 Research & Evaluation (pre-req.: Stat/QB) 3 WI
Open Elective   General Elective 3  
         
Select one of the following Therapeutic Recreation Courses: 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3203
 
2201
TR & Mental Health
    or
TR & Developmental Disabilities
   
Subtotal     15  

Year 4 – Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
4185 Internship II (Pre-req: All required coursework) 12  
Subtotal     12  
         
Total Credits Required for Degree 121 min*  
         
*KNSLOGY 1223, PSYCH or SOC 1167, PSYCH 1061 and HRP 1101 fulfill departmental and core requirements

(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.)

Transfer Curriculum

The following course sequencing for Fall and Spring transfers is based on meeting Temple University's Core-to-Core Transfer requirements for students with an approved associate degree from a community college with an approved Core-to-Core agreement.  (See Core Transfer programs at www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_programs/core/transfer_programs/core_transfer_programs.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 and faculty mentor regularly to make certain they are meeting all requirements to be eligible for graduation. 

FALL TRANSFER

1st Semester - Fall      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Health Related
Professions
1101 Contemporary Aspects of Disability 3 IN
Therapeutic
Recreation
1102 Adapted Sport, Recreation & Inclusive Leisure Services 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
2104 Therapeutic Recreation Modalities 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 2103 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3  
Open Elective   Related Elective 3  
         
Select one of the following Therapeutic Recreation Courses: 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3203

2201
TR and Mental Health
    or
TR and Developmental Disabilities


 
Subtotal     18  

Second Semester - Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
3103 Professional Seminar 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3101 Assessment & Documentation 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3111 Health Promotion through Leisure
(Pre-req TR 1102 & TR 2103)
3  
Health Related
Professions
2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
         
Select two of the following Therapeutic Recreation courses: 6  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3205
 
3211
 
3213
TR & Long Term Care
    or
TR & Physical Disabilities
    or
TR & Pediatric Health Care
   
Subtotal     18  

3rd Semester - Summer      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
3185 Internship I (Pre-req TR 2103, TR 3101, TR 2104) 3  
Subtotal     3  

4th Semester - Fall      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
4196 Clinical Procedures in TR (Pre-req: TR 3185, TR 3101, TR 2104) 3 WI*
Therapeutic
Recreation
4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation (Pre-req: TR 3185) 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3196 Research & Evaluation (Pre-req: Stat/QB) 3 WI*
Required Elective   Related Elective 3  
Open Elective   Related Elective 3  
         
Select one of the following Therapeutic Recreation Courses: 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3203
 
2201
TR & Mental Health
    or
TR & Developmental Disabilities
   
Subtotal     18  

5th Semester - Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
4185 Internship II (Pre-req: All Required Coursework) 12  
Subtotal     12

 

         
Total Credits Required for Degree 121 min  

SPRING TRANSFER

1st Semester - Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Health Related
Professions
1101 Contemporary Aspects of Disability 3 IN
Therapeutic
Recreation
1102 Adapted Sport, Recreation & Inclusive Leisure Services 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
2104 Therapeutic Recreation Modalities 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 2103 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3  
Health Related Professions 2103 Health Psychology and Human Behavior 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3101 Assessment and Documentation 3

 
Subtotal     18  

 

2nd Semester - Summer      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Kinesiology
  or
Related Elective
1223 Anatomy and Physiology
     or
Related Elective
4

3
 
Therapeutic
Recreation
3185 Internship I (Pre-req TR 2103, TR 3101, TR 2104) 3  
Subtotal     6-7  

 

3rd Semester - Fall      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
3103 Professional Seminar 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3196 Research and Evaluation (Pre-req: Stat/QB) 3 WI*
Therapeutic Recreation 4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation (Pre-req: TR 3185) 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
3203 TR and Mental Health 3  
Therapeutic
Recreation
2201 TR and Developmental Disabilities 3  
Subtotal     15  

 

4th Semester - Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
4196 Clinical Procedures in TR (Pre-req: TR 3185, TR 3101, TR 2104) 3 WI*
Therapeutic
Recreation
3111 Health Promotion through Leisure
(Pre-req TR 1102 & TR 2103)
3  
Required Elective   Related Elective 3  
Open Elective   Related Elective 3  
         
Select two of the following Therapeutic Recreation Courses: 6  
Therapeutic Recreation 2205
 
3211
 
3213
 
3205
Adventure Programming
     or
TR and Physical Disabilities
     or
TR and Pediatric Healthcare
     or
TR and Long Term Care
   
Subtotal     18  

 

5th Semester - Summer      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic
Recreation
4185 Internship II (Pre-req: All Required Coursework) 12  
Subtotal     12

 

         
Total Credits Required for Degree 121 min  

 

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