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Recreational Therapy (BS)

Established in 1975, the Recreational Therapy (RT) program is designed to exceed certification requirements mandated by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). View Curriculum.

The undergraduate program prepares entry-level recreational therapists to deliver rehabilitation, health promotion and disease prevention programs in new and diverse health settings utilizing emerging paradigms for health and wellness. Recreational Therapy graduates are prepared to deal with the increased emphasis being placed on client education and health promotion and disease prevention. View Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes here.

The program combines field work experiences with a challenging sequence of RT and health-related courses. Students learn about disabling conditions, group facilitation techniques, client assessments and intervention planning, and implementation processes used by recreational therapists. Students also learn ways to assist clients to use leisure and recreation activities to meet rehabilitation goals and exercise choice and self-determination in their leisure time.

Students exit the program well prepared to embark on their career in Recreational Therapy. At the end of students' culminating fieldwork experience, clinical supervisors rate the professional knowledge and skills of the students based on the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Standards for Practice of Recreational Therapy. Of the 66 students who graduated from the BS in Recreational Therapy program in 2015-2016, a total of 99% were rated as meeting or exceeding expectations on all items.

In 2016, first time test takers from Temple University achieved a pass rate of 88.6% on the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam.

The Bachelor's in Recreational Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education.

Learn more about fieldwork in the recreational therapy program: