Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation
The Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation prepares you to become a recreational therapist trained to work in healthcare and non-healthcare community-based environments. In this program, you will discover innovative strategies designed to help people with disabilities, illnesses, or health limitations lead active, engaging and meaningful lives through the use of activity-based interventions designed to enhance health and rehabilitation.
Recreational therapists use a variety of techniques, such as adapted sports, expressive arts and life skills, to treat and maintain the emotional, mental and physical well-being of the people they treat. Students are trained to assess people’s needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.
To become a recreational therapist, you must develop a thorough understanding of the
- foundations of therapeutic recreation practice;
- related clinical procedures, including client intake and treatment planning;
- patient assessment and health documentation; and
- research and evaluation methods.
You will also study fundamentals of human anatomy, motor behavior and physiology, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology. You will learn to lead a variety of structured recreation activities, including
- adaptive sports,
- animal-assisted therapy,
- aquatic therapy,
- social skills training and
- stress management.
Some of your assignments may be completed at a variety of human health agencies, including community recreation centers, hospitals and nursing care facilities.