The Therapeutic Recreation Bachelor’s of Science degree is designed to prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This preparation allows students to work with individuals with disabling conditions in a variety of settings and specialty areas. The BS degree also provides a relevant foundation for graduate school in Therapeutic Recreation and other health-care and human service related graduate programs.
The Therapeutic Recreation Bachelor’s of Science degree is comprised of a core of Therapeutic Recreation content courses and courses related to population groups that are typically served in the profession. These courses include TR for individuals with physical disabilities; TR for individuals with mental health and psychosocial disorders; and TR for Elderly Populations. Advanced courses such as Client Assessment, TR Program Design and TR Interventions provide content related to the knowledge and application of TR service delivery. During enrollment in many of the TR required courses students will obtain practical experiences working with individuals with a variety of disabilities and/or conditions.
The senior Internship is a capstone course that requires students to work for 14 consecutive weeks in a practice setting under the supervision of a TR faculty member and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to sit for the national certification exam conducted by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
As part of the BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation students are encouraged to select from a variety of minors that will enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the specialization of their choice. The recommended minors available at SRU include: Adapted Physical Activity, Psychology, Gerontology, and Exceptionalities (Special Ed). Students may also choose to minor or specialize in activity areas applicable to TR practice such as aquatics, music, art, dance, or outdoor adventure.
The BS degree in TR at SRU is highly regarded in the TR profession as preparing competent practitioners who consistently score above the national average of the NCTRC certification exam. The program promotes a hand-on approach to learning and is flexible enough to offer students the opportunity to pursue various specialty interests.