Utica College

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Therapeutic Recreation

Utica College

Faculty:School of Health Professions and Education
Field of Study:Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Length:4 Year(s)


The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program trains students to achieve two goals to: (a) use recreation, leisure, and play to improve or maintain physical, intellectual, emotional, and social functioning and (b) to optimize independence and satisfaction in recreation, leisure, and play for people with disabilities. The program is unique in that it is housed in the School of Health Professions and Education, which reflects the clinical-medical aspects of the major as well as the philosophical recreation foundation. The Utica College offers one of the very few programs in the nation that issues a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation (instead of a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a specialization or concentration in Therapeutic Recreation) so students have greater preparation. Graduates of this program meet the requirements of the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and are eligible to take the certification examination and become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Therapeutic Recreation graduates work in physical medicine and rehabilitation, mental/behavioral health, nursing homes and other programs serving older adults, residential care for people with developmental disabilities, youth programs, as well as community based programs for people with and without disabilities.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants must have a diploma from an accredited secondary school.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 03, 2016