Therapeutic recreation is an allied health profession involved in the care of patients/clients with a variety of diagnoses and functional limitations across the lifespan. Therapeutic Recreation services are provided by using a variety of recreation and leisure activities in order to improve functional abilities and maximize opportunities for persons with special needs to access and become engaged in their communities, thus impacting their overall quality of life.
The therapeutic recreation major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The program offers a highly articulated and sequenced curriculum. All students must seek advising from a program faculty member before embarking on the program. The baccalaureate curriculum provides educational opportunities that prepare students for entry level positions in therapeutic recreation. 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. The following abilities are important for students to possess for the therapeutic recreation profession: commitment to learning, interpersonal skills, communication skills, effective use of time and resources, use of constructive feedback, professionalism, responsibility, critical thinking, and stress management skills.