Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation

Jo-Ellen Ross, Ph.D., Program Director
1700 N. Broad Street
Suite 304 F
215-204-6733
jross@temple.edu
http://cph.temple.edu/rs/academics-rehabilitation-sciences/therapeutic-recreation

About the Therapeutic Recreation Major

The Therapeutic Recreation Program offers two degrees:

  • B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation
  • M.S. in Recreation Therapy

Additionally, the Therapeutic Recreation program offers an accelerated M.S. degree program (5 year B.S. to M.S. degree program), which provides the opportunity for qualifying students studying therapeutic recreation as an undergraduate to begin taking graduate level courses within their undergraduate curriculum and therefore complete an M.S. in Recreation Therapy in a total of 5 years (4 year B.S. + 1 year M.S.).

Recreation therapists use recreation and leisure activities to facilitate recovery, health, and wellness in individuals with disabilities. The primary goal of the undergraduate program is to prepare entry-level recreation therapists to use play and recreation generally, and recreation therapy specifically, as a means of psychosocial adaptation, health promotion, rehabilitation, and life quality for children, adults, and the elderly who have illness and disability. The curriculum is focused on assuring that graduates have proficiency in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to function as recreation therapists in traditional and emerging service delivery settings. Alumni of Temple's therapeutic recreation degree programs can be found in a wide range of health and human services agencies. They are employed in diverse settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, schools, and community recreation agencies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities are expected to increase approximately 17% over the next ten years, as fast as the average for all other occupations. A growth in employment opportunities will be most prevalent in the areas of aging/nursing care facilities, working with students with disabilities in schools, and outpatient medical facilities vs. inpatient care.

Mission of the Program

The Therapeutic Recreation Program strives to be a world-class academic and research unit committed to advancing the role of play, recreation, and leisure opportunities in health promotion, rehabilitation, and disease prevention for diverse individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities across the life span. The program provides exceptional educational experiences, conducts discipline-expanding research, and contributes to society via programs that explore and test evidenced-based innovations in practice and policy. The program's mission includes

  • instilling knowledge, values, ethics, and skills that will guide students in their future academic pursuits and their professional practice in therapeutic recreation at the local, national, and international levels;
  • being a leading contributor to the ever-changing knowledge base in health, leisure, and disability studies through research and other scholarly activities;
  • providing innovative and responsive educational opportunities, research, and service in collaboration with local, regional, and national agencies and organizations; and
  • fostering interdisciplinary collaborations to promote a better understanding of the importance of physically and socially active lifestyles to health, well-being, and quality of life.

Central to the overall mission of the Therapeutic Recreation Program is a commitment to access and diversity. This is realized through a commitment to ensuring equal access to all qualified applicants and a commitment to promoting equal access to recreation and leisure opportunities for all people regardless of age, economics, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, religion, or abilities. 

Certification

Following satisfactory completion of all coursework and internship requirements, graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation are eligible to sit for the national certifying examination in therapeutic recreation administered by the Prometric and the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Therapeutic Recreation is awarded to students upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 121 semester hours of credit with a minimum GPA of 2.00 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for classes in the major. Students completing this degree are eligible to sit for the national credentialing examination for recreation therapists. 

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

  • All students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum. Please note that the University GenEd curriculum has specific rules regarding the completion of this university requirement (for example, the number of courses a student may take in one department to satisfy GenEd Requirements), so careful review of the GenEd section of this Bulletin is encouraged. 
  • MATH 0701 (4 credits) and/or ENG 0701 (4 credits), if required by placement testing. 
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. Writing Intensive classes in Therapeutic Recreation include:
    THRC 3096Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation3
    THRC 3196Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation3
    THRC 4196Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures3
  • Students are also encouraged to review university requirements for successful progression through their academic careers. Knowledge of course repeat policies, including the withdrawal policy, academic standing, and rules on taking courses elsewhere can be found in this Bulletin.

College Requirement

All College of Public Health undergraduates must successfully complete the College Core Course, HRPR 1001 Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play.

Clearance Requirements

Please note the Therapeutic Recreation program requires students to complete clinical/field education experiences at facilities both on and off the University campus. These placements will require criminal background checks, Act 33/34 clearances and perhaps a drug screen. Placements may also require the student to maintain personal health insurance and/or submit a physical and immunization records. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or felonious or illegal act may prevent you from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice in therapeutic recreation. Please see www.atra-online.com/what/certification-licensure for more information about certification and licensure.

Therapeutic Recreation Program Requirements

Students must complete a set of specific courses in the major, including Health Related Professions Core, Cognate Core, Therapeutic Recreation major courses, and two credit-earning field-based clinical internships (THRC 3185 and THRC 4185). Students must also complete other non-credit earning requirements as part of the major, including 70 hours of professional development / volunteer experiences relevant to the major, criminal and child abuse clearances, health immunization and physical documentation, and certification in First-Aid/CPR.

All Therapeutic Recreation courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. 

Health Related Professions Core 1
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
HRPR 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
Cognate Core 1
KINS 1223Human Anatomy and Physiology I 23-4
or KINS 1221 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I
KINS 1224Human Anatomy and Physiology II3-4
or KINS 1222 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
or SOC 1167 Social Statistics
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
PSY 2201Foundations of Psychopathology3
Lower-Division Therapeutic Recreation Coursework
THRC 1102Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services3
THRC 2103Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice3
Upper-Division Therapeutic Recreation Coursework
THRC 2104Therapeutic Recreation Modalities3
THRC 3096Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation3
THRC 3103Professional Seminar II3
THRC 3111Health Promotion through Leisure Education3
THRC 3196Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation3
THRC 4111Administration of Therapeutic Recreation3
THRC 4196Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures3
Internship Experience
THRC 3185Internship I3
THRC 4185Internship II12
Therapeutic Recreation Electives
Select four of the following:12
Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disabilities
Assistive Technology in Recreation
Adventure Challenge/Programming
Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health
Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Service Settings
Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Disabilities
Therapeutic Recreation and Pediatric Healthcare
Total Credit Hours81-83
1

Students must successfully pass all Health Related Professions courses and Cognate Core courses with a minimum grade of C. Students not demonstrating the ability to meet this academic requirement will not be permitted to progress to the upper-division Therapeutic Recreation Core and related electives in the curriculum.

2

Students should consult with their advisor for information on the distinctions between Anatomy and Physiology selection sequence and its implication for the degree and career goals. Satisfactory completion of KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence or KINS 1223 and KINS 1224 sequence will meet the two-course GenEd Science and Technology requirement. The courses are similar, but not interchangeable, and must be taken in the correct sequence. Students choosing the KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence may need to take an additional 2-credit elective to the meet credit hours degree graduation requirement. Please see a departmental advisor for clarification.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The following academic plan displays required courses. Please note that, unless specified otherwise, students may select from a number of university-approved courses in the various areas of the GenEd curriculum.

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
HRPR 2103Health Psychology and Human Behavior3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]14
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
GenEd Breadth Course3
THRC 1102Adapted Sport, Recreation and Inclusive Leisure Services3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
KINS 1223 or 1221Human Anatomy and Physiology I23-4
THRC 2103Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice3
HRPR 1001Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play3
PSY 2301Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Spring
KINS 1224 or 1222Human Anatomy and Physiology II23-4
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
Elective3
PSY 2201Foundations of Psychopathology3
Select one of the following:3
Social Statistics 
Statistics for Psychology 
 Term Credit Hours15-17
Year 3
Fall
THRC 3096Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation [WI]33
THRC 2104Therapeutic Recreation Modalities3
Elective3
KINS 2204Motor Behavior3
Select one of the following:43
Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disabilities5 
Assistive Technology in Recreation5 
Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health5 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
THRC 3103Professional Seminar II3
THRC 3111Health Promotion through Leisure Education3
THRC 3185Internship I3
Select two of the following:46
Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Service Settings6 
Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Disabilities6 
Therapeutic Recreation and Pediatric Healthcare 
Adventure Challenge/Programming 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
THRC 3196Research and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation [WI]73
THRC 4196Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Procedures [WI]33
Select one of the following:43
Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health 
Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disabilities5 
Assistive Technology in Recreation5 
Elective3
Elective2-3
 Term Credit Hours14-15
Spring
THRC 4111Administration of Therapeutic Recreation3
THRC 4185Internship II12
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 121-125
1

MATH 0824 is recommended to meet prerequisite requirements for PSY 1003/SOC 1167 

2

You should consult your advisor for information on the distinctions between the anatomy and physiology selection sequence and its implication for your degree and career goals. Satisfactory completion of the KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 sequence or the KINS 1223 and KINS 1224 sequence will meet the two-course GenEd Science & Technology requirement. These courses are similar but not interchangeable. Courses must be taken in the correct sequence. Students choosing KINS 1221 and KINS 1222 should be sure to take a sufficient number of elective credits to meet credit hour degree requirements. Please see a departmental advisor for clarification.

3

Indicates Writing Intensive course for the major.

4

Four Therapeutic Recreation Elective courses (12 credits) are required for graduation.

5

These courses are offered in the fall semester only.

6

These courses are offered in the spring semester only.

7

Indicates Writing Intensive capstone for the major.

Note: Students may lighten their academic load in the fall and spring semesters by taking classes during the summer sessions. Please see a departmental advisor to explore summer course offerings and suitable options.