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About Therapeutic Recreation

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

A service designed to restore, re-mediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities to promote health and wellness as well as to reduce or eliminate activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.

What are Therapeutic Recreation Specialists or Recreational Therapists?

Healthcare providers, working in hospitals, residential facilities, schools and communities, who use recreational interventions and community activities for improved functioning and wellness of individuals of all ages who are experiencing illness or disabling conditions.
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Who do Therapeutic Recreation Specialists Work With?

Individuals of all ages having disabilities who require health and educational services provided in geriatric, mental health, addictions, general medicine, physical medicine and developmental disabilities settings.

Make a difference as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. . .

Therapeutic Recreation Specialists improve the physical health, psychosocial skills, cognitive abilities, and community involvements of individuals with disabilities.

Therapeutic Recreation Course Work

  • University General Education - 43 s.h.
  • RPTA Core Courses - 39 s.h.
  • Therapeutic Recreation Courses - 15 s.h.
  • Supportive Courses - 18 s.h.
    • Anatomy Physiology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Human Services electives

Therapeutic Recreation Certification

Certification means that you have met the standards for professional practice, as identified by National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification®. It also indicates that you have been authorized by the NCTRC® to use the credential CTRS, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. For detailed information, visit the NCTRC site.

Therapeutic Recreation Employment

Over 12,000 professionals are CTRS's who work in

  • Hospitals
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Residential Services
  • Community Recreation
  • Day Treatment Programs

Quick Facts

  • Projected to grow faster than average
  • 15% Increase in professional opportunities from 2008-2018
  • Annual salaries range from $35,000 - $45,000