Application Information

The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a "Secondary Admission Program" which means that any person interested in taking courses within the TR program must first be admitted to GVSU and upon meeting admission prerequisites (see below), are required to submit a "Secondary" application.

Transfer students will follow the same process and meet the same criteria. Transfer students should provide a copy of the course syllabus for any recreation/therapeutic recreation classes they want to transfer to Grand Valley State University.

Secondary Application Instructions Phase I ~ Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be met or in progress at the time of application:

  • Overall GPA of 2.7 or above
  • CHM 109
  • PSY 101

Phase II ~ Application & Supplemental Materials
The completed application & supplemental materials should be mailed or hand delivered to the College of Health Professions Student Services office as indicated below no later than February 15th. of the intended year of fall semester entry. These are described further in the Application Packet and include the application, an essay on choosing Therapeutic Recreation as your major, a statement of professional goals, verification of completion of 50 hours (minimum) of volunteer or paid work in a therapeutic setting (20 hours must be with a recreational therapist), and two letters of recommendation from a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist/Recreational Therapist or related health care practitioner with whom the applicant has completed volunteer and/or paid hours.

Phase III ~ Applicant Notification
Upon completion of Phases I and II, applicants will be notified of provisional admission into the program and will be asked to set up an advising appointment with a member of the Therapeutic Recreation faculty and will be able to register for the first semester of TR coursework (REC 300, REC 302, REC 304 & REC 389). Upon successful completion of these four courses (80% competency/B- in each course), they will be granted full admission into the Therapeutic Recreation program.

Application & Supplemental Materials

  • Submit Application & Supplemental Materials by February 15th. to:

                                                    College of Health Professions
                                                     Attn: Valinda Stokes
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
                                                     301 Michigan St. NE, Suite 113
                                                     Grand Rapids, MI 49503
                                                     (616) 331-5900

Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisites must be met or in progress at the time of application:

Overall GPA of 2.7 or above
CHM 109
PSY 101

Academic Advising

The College of Health Professions (CHP) Student Services Office (SSO) in collaboration with CHP faculty and staff provides academic advising, admissions, and other student services to future and current undergraduate and graduate students in support of their academic, professional and personal development on the campus and within the greater community.


Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost. See tuition, fees, and financial aid information below.

Students should plan on additional costs for travel expenses to their summer fieldwork and internships which will be based upon where students choose to do these experiences. Placements may be local in the Grand Rapids area, may be in students’ hometown, out of state or a study abroad experience.

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