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Rena A. Koesler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Recreation and Program Coordinator
Susan E. Lynch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation is an allied-health profession that utilizes recreation and leisure experiences to assist people with various disabilities in developing and maintaining a personally meaningful leisure lifestyle which encompasses functional independence, health and well-being. Through specific therapy, leisure education, and recreation participation, therapeutic recreation is practiced in a variety of clinical and community settings such as: rehabilitation and general medical facilities; mental health and psychiatric facilities for children and adults; substance treatment programs; corrections; specialized and outdoor programs for adjudicated youth; long-term and day-care facilities and nursing homes; residences for individuals with developmental disabilities, and in community recreation and park agencies.
     Longwood's nationally accredited and recognized Therapeutic Recreation Program provides students with a comprehensive foundation in leisure theory and an in-depth concentration in disability studies and therapeutic recreation principles and practices. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation which prepares them for many entry-level positions.
     Academic course work is complemented with 120 hours of preliminary fieldwork and two professionally supervised internship experiences which may be completed in a variety of agencies and locations. Students must maintain a minimal GPA of 2.0 overall and a 2.25 in the major in order to be eligible for pre-professional practice.
     Upon graduation, students become eligible to sit for the national certification exam through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).    


A.    General Education Core Requirement. 32 credits.
      See General Education Requirements  

B. Additional Degree Requirements. 10 credits.
BIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/4 credits
CMSC 121 Introduction to Computer Science/3 credits  
PSYC 221 Life-Span Developmental Psychology/3 credits  
C.   Major Requirements. 77 credits.
RECR 110 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation/3 credits
RECR 111 Introduction to Leisure Service Delivery/3 credits
RECR 205 Recreation Leadership and Activity/3 credits
RECR 237 Experiential and Outdoor Education Programming/3 credits
RECR 300 Pre-Internship Seminar/1 credit  
RECR 301 Therapeutic Recreation in Mental Health Settings/3 credits
RECR 303 Therapeutic Recreation and Persons with Physical Disabilities/3 credits
RECR 304 Leisure and Aging/3 credits     
RECR 305 Concepts of Leisure/3 credits
RECR 308 Therapeutic Recreation in Clinical Settings/3 credits     
RECR 310 Plan and Design of Recreation Areas/3 credits 
RECR 360 Therapeutic Recreation for Children with Illnesses and Disabilities/3 credits    
RECR 370 Program Planning and Development in Therapeutic Recreation/3 credits
RECR 392** Junior Internship/6 credits
RECR 410 Supervision and Administration of Recreation/3 credits
RECR 426  Ethical and Legal Issues in Health and Human Services/3 credits  
RECR 437 Group Dynamics/3 credits  
RECR 470 Research in Health, Physical Education and Recreation/3 credits  
RECR 492** Senior Internship/12 credits  
HLTH 260 Emergency Care and First Aid/3 credits
BIOL 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology II/4 credits
PSYC 356 Abnormal Psychology/3 credits  
TOTAL/77 credits  

Must have a 2.0 overall and 2.25 in major courses**  

D.   Professional Electives: 4 credits  

E.   Total Credits Required for B.S. Degree in Therapeutic Recreation - 123  

Outdoor Education Minor 

This minor is open to those students interested in developing the skills, knowledge and experience in the outdoor education field. Students will gain the necessary skills and experience to teach, lead, and/or serve people who wish to use the natural environment as well as enhance their appreciation of it. Students interested in pursuing an outdoor education minor are required to take the following courses. Grades below “C-” will not apply toward the fulfillment of minor requirements.  

RECR 237 Experiential and Outdoor Education Programming/3 credits   
or RECR 238 Outdoor Education in the Schools/3 credits  
RECR 340  Introduction to Outdoor Adventure Skills/3 credits (canoeing, rock climbing, orienteering)  
RECR 350 Ropes Course and Initiative Dynamics/2 credits  
RECR 375 Leadership Development Through Wilderness Pursuits/3 credits  
HLTH 260 Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care/3 credits  
RECR 420 Environmental Education Resources/3 credits  
RECR 487 Practicum Experience in Outdoor Education/1-3 credits
Total Required Hours     18-20 credits  


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