About this Bachelor's Degree

Therapeutic recreation, often called recreation therapy, is a health care profession that utilizes recreation and activities to improve health and well-being.

A bachelor’s degree or higher in therapeutic recreation is required for eligibility to take the certification exam. The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) certifies as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) any candidate who successfully completes the exam and all other requirements.

Therapeutic recreation specialists work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Nursing homes and long-term care
  • Hospitals and mental health facilities
  • Physical rehabilitation and substance abuse rehabilitation
  • Schools
  • Residential facilities
  • Community recreation programs

Student Learning Outcomes / Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate Understanding of the Practice of Therapeutic Recreation