SRU Good News for May 25, 2010
SRU's therapeutic recreation program earns national recognition
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's therapeutic recreation program has been named one of the top 12 programs in the country for producing certified therapeutic recreation specialists by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, a credentialing organization for the profession.
The rankings were based on the institution's success rate for producing graduates who pass the council's national certification exam, said Debbie Hutchins, a professor in SRU's department of parks and recreation/environmental education. SRU students have demonstrated a pass rate of 88.2 percent, compared to the national average of 72.7 percent.
"Over the past 10 years, Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation students have consistently scored above the national average on the certification exam," Hutchins said. "This recognition finds SRU in the company of much larger universities such as the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, East Carolina University, Temple University and the University of New Hampshire."
Therapeutic recreation, often referred to as recreational therapy, is a specialized field that provides recreation services for people with disabilities. SRU graduates work with children, adolescents and adults and help patients rehabilitate to improve function and provide services to reduce the effects of a disability.
SRU graduates are well prepared for employment, Hutchins said, because they have completed coursework that exceeds the national standards and participated in volunteer hours both inside and outside the classroom. They have the opportunity to attend and present at local and national professional conferences and to participate in leadership and service projects that relate to their field.
"Our graduates work in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, residential programs, long-term care settings such as assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, recovery centers, jails and community-service centers," Hutchins said. "They are currently providing services in facilities such as Health South, LIFE Pittsburgh, UPMC Western Psychiatric Center, UPMC Northwest Behavioral Center, the Woodlands Foundation, Vintage Adult Day Services, Longwood at Oakmont, and Concordia Lutheran Services. Other graduates are employed in recreational therapy settings throughout the United States, including facilities in North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, New York, Virginia, Georgia, and Illinois."
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.
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