Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation

About

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 Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. The EWU Therapeutic Recreation degree is nationally accredited through COAPRT and will provide you with a strong educational background.

For more information, contact Emily Messina, PhD, CTRS/R at emessina@ewu.edu or 509.359.6545.

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Accreditation

The EWU Therapeutic Recreation Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Evidence of continued compliance with COAPRT requirements can be found on the RCLS accreditation website.

Curriculum & Requirements

Therapeutic Recreation, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Grade Requirements

  • a minimum grade ≥C+ must be obtained in each required RCLS course (if a lower grade is received, the course must be retaken);
  • a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.50 shall be necessary in all upper- and lower-division required RCLS courses;
  • a minimum cumulative GPA ≥2.50 shall be required for all university coursework; 
  • failure to comply with the above standards will jeopardize professional internship eligibility.
Required–1500 hours of practical experience–see advisor.
Required Core Courses
RCLS 201RECREATION AND LEISURE IN MODERN SOCIETY4
RCLS 220LEADERSHIP IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES3
RCLS 240OVERVIEW OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES4
RCLS 270DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES2
RCLS 313PUBLIC LANDS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION4
RCLS 360FACILITY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
RCLS 385PROGRAMMING IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES4
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
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 232HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
BIOL 233HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS5
BIOL 234HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY NON-BIOL MAJORS2-5
or HLED 256 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
PSYC 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT5
PSYC 302ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY5
RCLS 345THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES4
RCLS 420PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION4
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
Required Senior Capstone
RCLS 490SENIOR CAPSTONE IN RECREATION4
Total Credits104-107

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • 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