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2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation

Requirements for a Major in Therapeutic Recreation

The curriculum for the bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation is designed to provide the essential competencies and skills related to professional practice in therapeutic settings. Students desiring a major in therapeutic recreation must complete the following:

1. University Degree Requirement

As identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

2. Therapeutic Recreation Core:

3. Electives

Two courses:

4. Cognates:

5. Academic Standards

To embark on the fieldwork and internship placements, students must show academic competence. The criterion for competence is 80 percent (B-) in each REC designated course. Additionally, students should be aware that prior to the beginning of the fieldwork and internship placements, they must complete comprehensive health compliance obligations including but not limited to a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. It is the responsibility of the student to comply. If there is illegal activity in the background check/fingerprinting or if there is evidence of one or more prohibited substances in the drug test, the clinical sites have the right to refuse a student's placement which may negatively impact a student's ability to progress in the therapeutic recreation program. In addition, individuals who have been charged with, or convicted of a crime, may not be eligible for national certification by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Students to whom this may apply are strongly advised to work with NCTRC for preapplication review of eligibility for certification. Contact information for NCTRC:; email: [email protected]; telephone: (845) 639-1439; fax: (845) 639-1471.

6. Certifications

  1. First aid/CPR certification and other health compliance certifications must be current before registering for REC 390, Fieldwork, or REC 490 Internship.
  2. Water safety instructor (W.S.I.) certification is often an internship requirement in a clinical rehabilitation setting. Students interested in physical rehabilitation or aquatics should consider pursuing this certification.

7. Credential

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (N.C.T.R.C.) Credential: It is the students' responsibility to be sure that they comply with N.C.T.R.C. standards during their course of study. The certification process can only be pursued by the graduate. Universities and colleges are not permitted to enter into this process. Grand Valley's therapeutic recreation faculty can only advise the student on which courses to take to meet the qualifications for sitting for the credentialing exam. Upon application, the N.C.T.R.C. board has the sole responsibility of reviewing the academic program and ascertaining whether a graduate is permitted to sit for the National Certification Examination. All decisions regarding certification are determined by the N.C.T.R.C. Board.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Therapeutic Recreation

First Year

Fall Credits: 14

  • General education course Credits: 3

Winter Credits: 14

  • General education course Credits: 3

Second Year

Fall Credits: 16

  • General education course Credits: 3
  • General education course Credits: 3

Winter Credits: 16

  • General education course Credits: 3
  • General education course Credits: 3

Third Year

Fall Credits: 16

  • General education course Credits: 3

Winter Credits: 12/15

  • General education course Credits: 3
  • Issues course Credits: 3

*TR Elective - Must have a minimum of 2


Fourth Year

Fall Credits: 12/15

*TR Elective - Must take a minimum of 2

Winter Credits: 12/15


Therapeutic Recreation Program Description

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