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GVSU Recreational Therapy class. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Recreational Therapy, B.S.

Recreational therapy (RECTX) 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. Secondary admission.

National Job Growth

Recreational therapy opportunities are projected to grow 10% in the U.S. by 2030.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs

GVSU's recreational therapy program receives accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs.

Meets the Standards of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

GVSU's recreational therapy program meets the standards of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

Grand Valley State University's RECTX major is a four-year academic curriculum plus one semester of internship leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. This is a cohort program where students receive individualized attention, hands-on practice, and over 1000 hours of clinical experience prior to graduation. Students need to be able to use clinical reasoning skills to solve problems, formulate concepts, make judgments, analyze behaviors and tasks, and determine appropriate interventions.

RECTX is a secondary admission program. Visit for application information.

Why Study Recreational Therapy at Grand Valley?

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