A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Recreational Therapy is awarded to students upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 121 semester hours of credit with a minimum GPA of 2.00 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for classes in the major. Students completing this degree are eligible to sit for the national credentialing examination for recreational therapists.
Summary of 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 courses a student may take in one department to satisfy GenEd Requirements), so careful review of the GenEd section of this Bulletin is encouraged.
- MATH 0701 (4 credits) and/or ENG 0701 (4 credits), 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 in Recreational Therapy include:
Course List Code Title Credit Hours THRC 3096 Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation 3 THRC 3196 Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation 3 THRC 4196 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures 3
- Students are also encouraged to review university requirements for successful progression through their academic careers. Knowledge of course repeat policies, including the withdrawal policy, academic standing, and rules on taking courses elsewhere can be found in the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin.
All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.
Please note the Recreational Therapy program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. These placements will require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances and perhaps a drug screen. Placements may also require the student to maintain personal health insurance and/or submit a physical and immunization records. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or felonious or illegal act may prevent you from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice in recreational therapy. Please see www.atra-online.com/what/certification-licensure for more information about certification and licensure.
Recreational Therapy Program Requirements
Students must complete a set of specific courses in the major, including Health Related Professions Core, Cognate Core, Recreational Therapy major courses, and two credit-earning field-based clinical internships (THRC 3185 and THRC 4185). 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.
All Recreational Therapy courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
|Health Related Professions Core 1|
|HRPR 1001||Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play||3|
|SBS 2103||Health Psychology and Human Behavior||3|
|Cognate Core 1|
|KINS 1223||Human Anatomy and Physiology I 2||3-4|
|or KINS 1221||Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I|
|KINS 1224||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3-4|
|or KINS 1222||Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II|
|KINS 2204||Motor Behavior||3|
|PSY 1001||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSY 1003||Statistics for Psychology||3|
|or SOC 1167||Social Statistics|
|PSY 2301||Foundations of Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSY 2201||Foundations of Psychopathology||3|
|Lower-Division Recreational Therapy Coursework|
|THRC 1102||Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services||3|
|THRC 2103||Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice||3|
|Upper-Division Recreational Therapy Coursework|
|THRC 2104||Therapeutic Recreation Modalities||3|
|THRC 3096||Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|THRC 3103||Professional Seminar II||3|
|THRC 3111||Health Promotion through Leisure Education||3|
|THRC 3196||Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|THRC 4111||Administration of Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|THRC 4196||Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures||3|
|THRC 3185||Internship I||3|
|THRC 4185||Internship II||12|
|Recreational Therapy Electives|
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disabilities|
|Assistive Technology in Recreation|
|Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health|
|Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Service Settings|
|Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Disabilities|
|Therapeutic Recreation and Pediatric Healthcare|
|Total Credit Hours||81-83|
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 Recreational Therapy Core and related electives in the curriculum.
Students should consult with their advisor for information on the distinctions between Anatomy and Physiology selection sequence and its implication for the degree and career goals. Satisfactory completion of KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence or KINS 1223 and KINS 1224 sequence will meet the two-course GenEd Science and Technology requirement. The courses are similar, but not interchangeable, and must be taken in the correct sequence. Students choosing the KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence may need to take an additional 2-credit elective to the meet credit hours degree graduation requirement. Please see a departmental advisor for clarification.