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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.
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. Application information is available at gvsu.edu/rectx/.
Why Study Recreational Therapy at Grand Valley?
- Nationally recognized curriculum with diverse opportunities for employment after graduation.
- Located in the state-of-the-art Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall with a one-of-a-kind recreational therapy classroom/lab space including adventure therapy course and adaptive sports court(s), in close proximity to five hospitals, and many research, clinical, and treatment facilities.
- Graduates entering a satisfying helping profession that assists people with disabilities to be more independent and achieve a higher quality of life, changing lives through transformative and innovative application of recreation and leisure.
- The program meets the standards of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
- The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (caahep.org) under the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education.