Therapeutic recreation specialists, also known as recreational therapists, use selective activities to address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs of persons with illness or disability. Activity modalities and intervention techniques are utilized to improve function/health and to promote independence and wellness.
The bachelor of science degree emphasis in therapeutic recreation supplements a solid liberal studies foundation with course work related to human development/growth and movement. Field work, practicum, and a culminating internship assist students in gaining experience in a TR setting prior to graduation. In addition, students may choose from several specialty tracks which offer focused coursework to enhance knowledge and skills in a given area, i.e., mental health, rehabilitation, corrections, gerontology, and community. Minors are also available in related areas such as gerontology, exceptionalities, psychology, sociology, and adapted physical activity and rehabilitation.
The therapeutic recreation program is designed with the intent that students will meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Council for Certification.
Evidence of current First Aid & CPR certification must be provided prior to enrollment in PREE 450, Internship.
Courses in the NCTRC Certification Requirements are already counted within Professional Electives and Required Therapeutic Recreation Courses.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.
In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:
WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.
Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.
No work experience is required.