Undergraduate Program: Therapeutic Recreation Major

Core Courses

203 - Recreational Programming (3 S.H.)
This course provides an introduction to recreational and sports programming and leadership concepts. 
229 - Foundations of Recreation and Leisure Studies (3 S.H.)
History and development of recreation, and principles, and philosophies of leisure. Modern-day concepts of leisure will also be addressed.
239 - Outdoor Pursuits (3 S.H.)
An overview of the theory and practice of adventure/challenge education. Processing skills included. Classroom as well as experiential involvement. Additional fee. Challenge by choice philosophy. OR
246 - Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation
(3 S.H.)
This course introduces leisure education as a process whereby students will “recognize leisure as an avenue for personal satisfaction and enrichment, become familiar with an array of leisure opportunities, understand the impact leisure has on society, and make decisions regarding their own leisure behavior.” (Zeyen, Odum & Lacaster, 1977) 
245 - Therapeutic Recreation and Services (3 S.H.)
History, philosophy, theories, and professionalism of therapeutic recreation. Factors influencing service delivery and models of service delivery will also be addressed.                                  
326 - Organization and Administration of Recreation (3 S.H.)
Principles of supervision and administration as applied to tourism/outdoor/recreation and therapeutic recreation settings. Prerequisites: RTTR 229 and RTTR 245.
393 - Evaluation in Recreation, Tourism, and Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
The procedures and applications of social science research and evaluation methods are applied to recreation settings.  Course content includes design, methods of data collection, interpretation, and presentation of the data.  Emphasis is given to evaluation techniques used by recreation professionals.
398 - Practicum in Recreation and Tourism or Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
This course offers an opportunity to learn by experience and further professional development under the careful guidance of experienced professionals and college supervisors. May be repeated once for credit in a different setting. Prerequisite: Must have completed RTTR 229 and 245 or have instructor’s permission. 100 Hours total.
399 - Internship in Recreation and Tourism or Therapeutic Recreation (1-12 S.H.)
The application of skill, knowledge and concepts necessary for planning, organizing and conducting recreation and leisure services. Interns must complete a 480- or 600-hour placement (12 or more consecutive weeks) under the supervision of a qualified recreation specialist. Prerequisites:  Senior standing in the RTTR major, completion of recreation core courses, 2.50 GPA overall as it appears in DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) at the end of the semester preceding the internship experience.  Therapeutic Recreation interns also must obtain a copy of their intern supervisor's current NCTRC certification certificate and must complete a 600-hour internship. 
414 - Recreational Leadership (3 S.H.)
A study of leadership principles, leadership techniques, and leadership theories. Required recreation leader competencies and group dynamic issues also will be addressed. Prerequisites: Sophomore, preferably higher standing; RTTR 229 and RTTR 245.
426 - Recreation Facilities and Area Design (3 S.H.)
Principles and procedures related to the design, operation, and care of leisure resources, areas and facilities. Prerequisites: Sophomore, preferably with higher standing; RTTR 229 and RTTR 245.
*Either class fulfills US – Physical Development & Wellness
Must take CS116 for designated US area or demonstrated competency

Therapeutic Recreation Additional Requirements

332 - Leisure and Aging in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
Leisure needs and perceptions of the elderly. Implications for therapeutic recreation services in clinical and community settings. Prerequisite: RTTR 245.
342 - Intervention Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
Helping strategies, processes and techniques utilized by the therapeutic recreation specialist. Prerequisite: RTTR 245.
468 - Programming in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
An overview of functional problems commonly associated with various diseases and/or disabling conditions. Therapeutic recreation program development, implementation, and modification considerations. Prerequisites: Sophomore or, preferably, higher standing; RTTR 229 and RTTR 245 or instructor’s permission.
475 - Trends and Issues in Therapeutic Recreation (3 S.H.)
Professional concerns and implication related to contemporary trends and issues in the field of therapeutic recreation. Internship site selection, assessment techniques, and national exam criteria also will be addressed. Prerequisites: Junior or, preferably, senior standing; RTTR 229, RTTR 245, and RTTR 342. 

Supporting Courses

PSY 210 General Psychology (3 S.H) A broad introduction to psychology: the science of human behavior and mental processes, focusing on its questions, methods, research findings, theories and applications. Offered each semester. 
PSY 250 Developmental Psychology (3 S.H.) A survey of the patterns of change and stability in human behavior from conception to death. Theories and research pertaining to growth and change in physical, cognitive, personality and social functioning across the lifespan are examined. Prerequisite: PSY 210. Offered each semester.
PSY 420 Abnormal Psychology (3 S.H.) The origins, development and treatment of abnormal behavior. Topics include mood, anxiety and schizophrenic disorders as well as selected topics, which may include somatoform and dissociative disorders, life-span related disorders, substance use disorders, organic disorders, psychological aspects of illness, and prevention. Prerequisites: PSY 210 and 3 additional SH in Psychology. Offered each semester.
BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology (4 S.H) First course of a year-long sequence for students in Nursing and Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences. Includes terminology and orientation of the body, basics of chemistry, cytology, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Lecture and laboratory.
BIOL 171 Medical Terminology (3 S.H) Scientific terminology as it applies to human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, and related professions. Topics include prefixes and suffixes, numbers, amounts, colors, and positions as well as all systems of the human body. Independent study using CDs and study guide. 
BIOL 172 Medical Terminology (3 S.H) Scientific terminology as it applies to human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, and related professions. Topics include prefixes and suffixes, numbers, amounts, colors, and positions as well as all systems of the human body. Independent study using CDs and study guide. Letter grade only.

NCTRC Certification Information

To satisfy the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) requirements of 18 credits in supportive areas, Therapeutic Recreation students must earn an additional 6 credits (total) from one or more of the disciplines specified below. This requirement is in addition to courses used for University Studies (6). Counselor Education, Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences, Psychology (with the exception of , General, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology), Sociology
Social Work, Nursing, Human Biology courses (with the exception of BIOL 171 and 172)