Temple University

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Therapeutic Recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program offers undergraduate and graduate programs preparing students as entry-level and advanced recreation therapists to use play and recreation as a means of psychosocial adaption, health promotion, rehabilitation, and life quality for children, adults, and elderly who have illnesses and disabilities.

Our program's vision is to become a world-class academic and research unit committed to advancing the role of play, recreation, and leisure opportunities in active living, health and life-quality promotion, and rehabilitation and disease prevention for diverse groups, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities across the lifespan.

The Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs qualify graduates to take the national examination for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).


The curriculum is focused on assuring that graduates have the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) to function as recreation therapists in traditional and emerging service delivery settings.

Relying on a range of activity-based interventions, including aquatics, wheelchair sports, animal-assisted therapy, creative arts and horticulture, credentialed recreation therapists are in demand due to the expansion of long-term care, outpatient care and other services for people with disabilities.

Renowned faculty

Temple's TR program is highly regarded nationally for excellence in teaching and research. Faculty are established leaders in advancing TR as a health and human service discipline and have been recognized with numerous professional awards. As a result, TR students have a high success rate in both internship and employment opportunities.

The BS Program has accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Allied Health Education/Committee on Accreditation for Recreation Therapy.