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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/chp/departments/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 Therapeutic Recreation.  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 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 a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core. 


2. Major Requirements. Students must complete a set of specific courses in the major, including two credit-earning field-based clinical internships (THERREC 3185 and THERREC 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, HRP 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 Therapeutic Recreation Core and related electives in the curriculum until the minimum C is achieved.  In addition, all Therapeutic Recreation 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.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

The following grids display 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 and GenEd curriculums.

 

University GenEd Curriculum for Newly Admitted Freshman in Fall 2008 & After

 

Year 1 – Fall Semester       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English
0802, 0812 or 0902
Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
HRP 2103 Health Psychology & Human Behavior 3  
GenEd 08xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx World Society 3 GG
Subtotal     16  

Year 1 – Spring Semester       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd
08xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Psychology 1061 Psychology as a Social Science 3  
GenEd 08xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Therapeutic Recreation 1102 Adapted Sport, Recreation & Inclusive Leisure Services 3  
Subtotal     16  

Year 2 – Fall Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Required Elective   Related Elective*** 3  
Select one of the following Psychology or Education courses: 3  
Psychology
   or
Education
2301
  or
1322
Developmental Psychology
     or
The Developing Individual across the Life Span
   
Subtotal     16  

Year 2 – Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Required Elective   Required Elective^ 3  
GenEd 08xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx Science & Technology II 3-4 GS
Therapeutic Recreation 2104 Therapeutic Recreation Modalities 3  
Select one of the following Sociology/Psychology courses: 3  
Sociology
  or
Psychology
1167
  or
1167
Social Statistics
     or
Foundations in Statistical Methods
   
Subtotal     15-17  

^See advisor for courses that meet this elective requirement.


Year 3 – Fall Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3101 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment & Documentation 3  
Psychology 2201 Foundations of Psychopathology 3  
Required Elective   Related Elective*** 3  
Open Elective   General Elective 3  
Select one of the following Therapeutic Recreation Electives: 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3203
  or
2201
  or
5101
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities
     or
Health Activity & Aging
(graduate-level course; with permission only)
   
Subtotal     15  

Year 3 – Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3103 Professional Seminar II 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3111 Health Promotion through Leisure Education 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3185 Internship I 3  
Open Elective   General Elective 2-3  
Select two of the following Therapeutic Recreation Electives: 6  
Therapeutic Recreation 3205
  or
3211
  or
3213
  or
2205
Therapeutic Recreation & Long Term Care
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Physical Disabilities
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Pediatric Healthcare
     or
Adventure Challenge/Programming
   
Subtotal     17-18  

Please note: Therapeutic Recreation 2203 and 2205 will also satisfy a Therapeutic Recreation Elective. These courses are offered in the summer semesters.


Year 4 – Fall Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3196 Research & Evaluation
(required writing-intensive course)
3 WI
Therapeutic Recreation 4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 4196 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures
(required writing-intensive course)
3 WI
Select one of the following Therapeutic Recreation Electives: 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3203
  or
2201
  or
5101
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities
     or
Health, Activity & Aging
(graduate-level course; with permission only)
   
Open Elective   General Elective 2-3  
Subtotal     14-15  

Year 4 – Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 4185 Internship II 12  
Subtotal     12  
         
Total Credits Required for Degree 121 (min)  

**121 credits minimum required for Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation**

 

*** Related Electives: At least one 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.

 


University Core Curriculum for New Transfer Students in Fall 2008

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

Year 1 – Fall Semester       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English
0802, 0812 or 0902
Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO
Health Related Professions 1101 Contemporary Aspects of Disability 3 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     16-17  

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 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar 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 & Physiology I 4 SA
Therapeutic Recreation 2103 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3  
Open Elective   General Elective 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar 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  
THM (External Related Elective) 1496 Leisure in American Culture (preferred)
or other American Culture core
3 AC/WI
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

QB
Subtotal     15-16  

Year 3 – Fall Semester        
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3101 Therapeutic Recreation 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

5101
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities
     or
Health, Activity & Aging
(graduate level course; with permission only)
   
Subtotal     15  

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

3211

3213

2205
Therapeutic Recreation & Long Term Care
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Physical Disabilities
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Pediatric Health Care
     or
Adventure Challenge/Programming
   
Subtotal     18  

Please note: Therapeutic Recreation 2203 and 2205 will also satisfy a Therapeutic Recreation Elective. These courses are offered in the summer semesters.


Year 4 – Fall Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3196 Research & Evaluation (Pre-req: Stat/QB) 3 WI
Therapeutic Recreation 4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation (Pre-req: THERREC 3185) 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 4196 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures
(Pre-req: THERREC 2104, 3101, 3185)
3 WI*
Open Elective   General Elective 3  
Select one of the following Therapeutic Recreation courses: 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3203

2201

5101
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health
      or
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities
      or
Health, Activity & Aging
(graduate-level course; with permission only)
   
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.

Related/General Electives: At least one related/general 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.


 

Core-to-Core 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 2103 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 2104 Therapeutic Recreation Modalities 3  
Open Elective   Related Elective 3  
Select one of the following Therapeutic Recreation courses: 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3203

2201

5101
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities
     or
Health, Activity & Aging
(graduate-level course; with permission only)


 
Subtotal     18  

2nd Semester - Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3101 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment & Documentation 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3103 Professional Seminar II 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 3111 Health Promotion through Leisure Education
(Pre-req: THERREC 1102 & 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

2205
Therapeutic Recreation & Long Term Care
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Physical Disabilities
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Pediatric Health Care
     or
Adventure Challenge/Programming
   
Subtotal     18  

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

4th Semester - Fall      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3196 Research & Evaluation (Pre-req: Stat/QB) 3 WI*
Therapeutic Recreation 4111 Administration of Therapeutic Recreation (Pre-req: THERREC 3185) 3  
Therapeutic Recreation 4196 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures
(Pre-req: THERREC 2104, 3101, 3185)
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

5101
Therapeutic Recreation & Mental Health
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Developmental Disabilities
     or
Health, Activity & Aging
(graduate-level course; with permission only)
   
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 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 3101 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment & Documentation 3  
Subtotal     18  

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

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

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

4th Semester - Spring      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Therapeutic Recreation 3111 Health Promotion through Leisure Education
(Pre-req: THERREC 1102 & 2103)
3  
Therapeutic Recreation 4196 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures
(Pre-req: THERREC 2104, 3101, 3185)
3 WI*
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 Challenge/Programming
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Physical Disabilities
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & Pediatric Health Care
     or
Therapeutic Recreation & 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  

Related Elective: At least one 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.

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