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Feb. 01, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU therapeutic recreation earns elite accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's therapeutic recreation program has joined an elite group of only three other institutions in the United States to earn accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The accolade was granted on the recommendation of the Committee on the Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education.

The accreditation runs through Jan. 31, 2018.

"Slippery Rock University is proud and pleased to be among the first programs accredited by the CAAHEP. It is another quality accreditation to add to our already lengthy list of accredited academic programs. I'm proud that the academic programs at our University are meeting and exceeding national standards, a step that indicates the quality and leadership of our faculty. Such accreditation sends a clear message to current and potential students, their parents and post-graduate employers that the academic work undertaken by Slippery Rock University students in indeed top quality," said Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

"We are very pleased to receive the accreditation and especially because February is National Recreational Therapy Month, and we will use the accreditation as part of our celebration," said Deborah Hutchins, SRU assistant professor of parks and recreation and therapeutic recreation program coordinator.

The SRU program enrolls 150 students.

SRU's therapeutic recreation program prepares students to work as professionals in the field of therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy. Students in the SRU program have an opportunity to work with a variety of clinical populations, engage in experiential learning and study evidence-based research in the field. Recreational therapists work in a variety of settings, including long-term care, addictions treatment, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health, serving at-risk youth, and with people with developmental disabilities.

The Florida-based Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. It carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 19 review committees.

CAAHEP currently accredits more than 2,100 entry-level education programs in 23 health science professions.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.