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Therapeutic Recreation (BS)

Therapeutic Recreation (BS)

Established in 1973, the TR 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 recreation therapists to deliver rehabilitation, health promotion and disease prevention programs in new and diverse health settings utilizing emerging paradigms for health and wellness. Therapeutic Recreation graduates are prepared to deal with the increased emphasis being placed on client education and health promotion and disease prevention.

The program combines hands-on volunteer hours in therapeutic recreation programs with a challenging sequence of TR and health-related courses. Students learn about disabling conditions, group facilitation techniques, client assessments and intervention planning, and implementation processes used by recreation 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 Therapeutic Recreation.  During the culminating fieldwork experience, clinical supervisors rate the professional knowledge and skills of graduates. Of the 57 students who graduated from the BS in Therapeutic Recreation program in 2014 – 2015, a total of 98% were rated as meeting or exceeding expectations on all items. These ratings are based on the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Standards for the Practice of Recreational Therapy.

Additionally, first time test takers from Temple University achieved a pass rate of 86.9% on the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam compared to 75.3% for students from other programs over the past three years (2012-2014).

The Bachelor's in Therapeutic Recreation program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Allied Health Education/Committee on Accreditation for Recreation Therapy.