Recreational therapy contributes to the broad spectrum of healthcare through treatment, education and the provision of structured recreational opportunities. These factors are instrumental to improving and maintaining physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning; preventing secondary health conditions; enhancing independent living skills; and improving overall quality of life. Recreational therapists help people get better and experience healthy recreation and leisure activities by guiding them through goal-oriented, structured recreation activities.
The college offers an accelerated 4+1 program that allows students to earn a bachelor of science and master of science in recreational therapy in five years. Learn more about the 4+1.
Faculty and Research
Programs in Recreational Therapy are housed in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Research labs include RT Wise Owls, which focuses on advancing clinicians' access to recreational therapy-related research to inform and strengthen evidence-based practice. Learn more about faculty and research opportunities.