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Program Overview

Therapeutic recreation (TR) is the specialized application of recreation and experiential activities or interventions that help maintain or improve the health status, functional capacities, and ultimately the quality of life for persons with disabilities. The therapeutic recreation major is a four-year academic curriculum plus one semester of internship leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Graduates are prepared to meet consumer health needs in a dynamic and culturally diverse world by completing a comprehensive curriculum that includes theoretical and practical experience and application. Students need to be able to use clinical reasoning skills such as problem solving, formulating concepts, making judgments, analyzing behaviors and tasks, and determining appropriate intervention.

Admission Process

Application Deadline: March 1

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Students spend two years completing the general education and prerequisite courses. After admission to the secondary competitive program, students complete two years of full-time professional coursework.

Why Study Therapeutic Recreation at Grand Valley?

  • The program meets the standards of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
  • Nationally recognized curriculum with a small, welcoming program.
  • Students and alumni are active in local, state, and national professional organizations.
  • Diverse opportunities for employment after graduation.
  • Service learning is integrated throughout the curriculum.
  • Faculty members assist students in worldwide networking.
  • Graduates are prepared to meet consumer health needs in a dynamic and culturally diverse world by completing a comprehensive curriculum that offers theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience and application.