The overall program outcomes for the online Master of Science degree program in Recreational Therapy aim for students to:
1. Identify the conditions and impairments that impact human functioning and health which are typically seen in health and human service agencies that employ recreational therapists including conditions and impairments that impact cognitive, physical, sensory, social and psychological functioning.
2. Explain environmental and societal factors as well as legislative and regulatory issues that hamper or promote the inclusion and functioning of clients with disabilities or chronic illness and their capacities to participate fully in life.
3. Explain the (1) profession's historical development and contemporary status within the health and human service system, (2) various service delivery models associated with therapeutic recreation practice, (3) variety of services provided by recreational therapists, including special recreation, inclusive recreation, leisure education/counseling and recreational therapy services, and (4) professional organizations and practice regulation/credentialing.
4. Explain the standards of practice and codes of ethical conduct associated with quality recreational therapy services and explain the interpretive guidelines that are used to guide practice.
5. Justify the various assessment processes and instruments used within the discipline and in health and human service settings as well as the procedures for selecting assessments and the strategies and techniques associated with conducting (e.g., behavioral observation, interviewing, functional skill testing), interpreting and documenting client assessment (e.g., writing goals, objectives, assessment reports, treatment plans).
6. Explain the impact of the impairment and/or treatment provided on the person served and be able to adapt activities, instructional strategies and/or interventions to accommodate changes in functioning using activity analysis and/or task analysis.
7. Communicate effectively with clients and colleagues about the services provided and progress made by clients orally (e.g., client rounds, care plan meetings) and in writing (e.g., progress notes, discharge summaries) using a variety of communication methods and documenting formats.
8. Justify the diversity of recreation and leisure activities and be able to design, select, adapt and facilitate individual or group programs, activities and/or interventions to meet the assessed needs of clients in diverse settings, cultures and contexts.
9. Contrast the role and function of various professions found in health and human service settings and articulate how recreational therapists function ethically and professionally in a team environment.
10. Apply principles and procedures of management/administration, infrastructure management, financial, human resource management, and marketing/public relations to a specific setting in which TR services are provided.
11. Produce written reports that demonstrate an understanding of documentation as it relates to clients, staff, programs, management, external regulatory agencies, and the continuous quality improvement in therapeutic recreation.
12. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate services/interventions and to use evaluation data to improve quality and appropriate services.
13. Appraise ones role in advancing the profession, including the requirements for gaining and maintaining credentialing as a recreational therapist, knowledge of the professional organizations and mechanisms for pursuing continuing education.
14. Apply specialty knowledge in a specific area of expertise to create programs and services and the utilization of clinical practice guidelines associated with an advanced understanding of complex issues associated with delivering recreational therapy services to this population.
15. Appraise scientific literature and utilize it to design intervention programs across a spectrum of service delivery setting and populations.
16. Analyze an organization's compliance with standards of practice and make recommendations for corrective action.
17. Construct a clinical case review to capture the health behavior change process in recreational therapy practice.
18. Demonstrate abilities to pass a comprehensive content examination at the completion of the degree program.