Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation

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Therapeutic Recreation specialists are involved in helping individuals with disabilities learn the skills and attitudes necessary to develop a satisfying leisure lifestyle. Therapeutic Recreation is concerned with the treatment of conditions which are disabling and the facilitation of independent leisure functioning.

In this major, you will prepare to take the national certification examination. Our major is nationally accredited and will provide you a strong educational background. For more information, contact Dr. Emily Messina at emessina@ewu.edu or 509.359.6545.

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Curriculum and Requirements


Therapeutic Recreation Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Required–1500 hours of practical experience–see advisor.
Required Core Courses
RCLS 201RECREATION AND LEISURE IN MODERN SOCIETY3
RCLS 220LEADERSHIP IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES3
RCLS 240OVERVIEW OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES4
RCLS 270DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES3
RCLS 313WILDLAND RECREATION MANAGEMENT3
RCLS 360FACILITY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN3
RCLS 385PROGRAMMING IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES3
RCLS 400LEGAL FOUNDATIONS IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
RCLS 425EVALUATION, RESEARCH AND STATISTICS IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
RCLS 435EMPLOYMENT PROCESSES IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES2
RCLS 455RESORT AND COMMERCIAL RECREATION MANAGEMENT3
RCLS 470ADMINISTRATION, ORGANIZATION AND SUPERVISION IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
RCLS 480BUDGETING IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
RCLS 490SENIOR CAPSTONE IN RECREATION4
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 232HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
BIOL 233HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
HLED 256MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY2
or BIOL 234 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS
PSYC 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT5
PSYC 302ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY5
RCLS 345THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES3
RCLS 420PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION5
RCLS 440PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION4
RCLS 445PROCESSES AND TECHNIQUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION4
RCLS 450ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION4
RCLS 493THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP (Therapeutic Recreation majors have specific requirements to fulfill and must consult with their advisor)12
Total Credits101

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General Education


Placement and Clearance Exams
Prior Learning Credits / Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


University Competencies and Proficiencies


Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)
       Humanities and Arts
       Natural Sciences
       Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)
     Foreign Language
     Minor or Certificate
     Diversity Course List
     Global Studies Course List
     Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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Student Learning Outcomes


  • demonstrate a working knowledge of technology and its various uses in the recreation profession;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the career and entrepreneurship opportunities available upon graduation;
  • demonstrate an awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion, and will demonstrate multi‐cultural competence in recreation and leisure service delivery settings;
  • demonstrate an understanding and application of the therapeutic recreation process: assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the history, breadth, depth, and complexity of the recreation and leisure services industry;
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate knowledge of and skill at research, problem solving, and critical thinking;
  • demonstrate skills and techniques to assist individuals in learning to cope with the effects of their disabilities or illness;
  • demonstrate the knowledge base to successfully complete the NCTRC Certification practice tests to better prepare students for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam;
  • demonstrate, through a variety of activities, and participate in events that give a better understanding of how an individual with a disability or illness can participate in leisure activities and apply that knowledge to their internship experience.

Careers in Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation graduates have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings.


Group Treatment
Physical Medicine &
Rehabilitation Facilities
Long-Term Care