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 2.00 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 recreation therapists. 

Summary of Requirements

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 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 Therapeutic Recreation include:
    THRC 3096Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation3
    THRC 3196Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation3
    THRC 4196Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures3
  • 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.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Clearance Requirements

Please note the Therapeutic Recreation 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 therapeutic recreation. Please see www.atra-online.com/what/certification-licensure for more information about certification and licensure.

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

Health Related Professions Core 1
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
HRPR 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
Cognate Core 1
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I 23-4
or KINS 1221 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II3-4
or KINS 1222 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
or SOC 1167 Social Statistics
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
PSY 2201Foundations of Psychopathology3
Lower-Division Therapeutic Recreation Coursework
THRC 1102Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services3
THRC 2103Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice3
Upper-Division Therapeutic Recreation Coursework
THRC 2104Therapeutic Recreation Modalities3
THRC 3096Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation3
THRC 3103Professional Seminar II3
THRC 3111Health Promotion through Leisure Education3
THRC 3196Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation3
THRC 4111Administration of Therapeutic Recreation3
THRC 4196Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures3
Internship Experience
THRC 3185Internship I3
THRC 4185Internship II12
Therapeutic Recreation Electives
Select four of the following:12
THRC 2201
Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disabilities
THRC 2203
Assistive Technology in Recreation
THRC 2205
Adventure Challenge/Programming
THRC 3203
Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health
THRC 4205
Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Service Settings
THRC 4211
Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Disabilities
THRC 4213
Therapeutic Recreation and Pediatric Healthcare
Total Credit Hours81-83

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 Therapeutic Recreation 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.