Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation Tourism and Related Professions

Longwood University’s Therapeutic Recreation Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada and Mexico.

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

According to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), "Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential."

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Mission, Vision, Value, and Belief Statements

Therapeutic Recreation program mission reflects those of Longwood University, the College of Education and Human Services, and the Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation and Kinesiology.


The Therapeutic Recreation program is committed to the development of ethical and socially responsible citizens prepared to contribute to the common good of society and to the welfare of the Therapeutic Recreation profession.


The vision of the Therapeutic Recreation program will embrace academic and societal trends and adhere to the needs of people on campus and in the local community. 

Specifically, the Therapeutic Recreation program will:

  1. Provide a quality education that reflects distinguished academic preparation
  2. Foster the awareness of leisure services and promotes the education of Therapeutic Recreation through programs and events on campus and the community
  3. Advocate as citizen leaders for acceptance and inclusion of all persons
  4. Prepare competent and qualified entry-level Therapeutic Recreation professionals


At the core value that gives meaning and direction to the Therapeutic Recreation Program at Longwood University is the belief that all persons, regardless of any specific characteristic, have an inherent right to, and need for, leisure experiences with opportunities for expression.

any specific characteristic, have an inherent right to, and need for, leisure experiences with opportunities for expression.

Belief Statements

  • We believe that leisure experiences provide opportunities for pleasure, freedom of expression and self-determination, which enhance the quality of individual life and are vital to one’s overall health and well-being
  • We believe that the professional preparation program is grounded in leisure philosophy and theory that embraces the liberal arts, social and health sciences
  • We believe in and are committed to such values as diversity, inclusive practice and enhancing the quality of life for all individuals
  • We believe that inherent in the professional's assumption of diverse roles and functions, there is a need to master professional competencies such as the certification standards of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), the accreditation standards of the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and other Related Professions (COAPRT) and those designated by the Therapeutic Recreation Program within each specific course.