Discover a treatment service designed to improve the quality of life and leisure needs of people with illnesses and/or disabilities.  Learn how a Recreational Therapist can use a wide range of therapeutic activity and community-based interventions and techniques to promote health and wellness. Through academic coursework and fieldwork experiences, students will learn to implement an evidence-based practice that utilizes therapeutic recreation intervention to achieve positive outcomes. 

Career Path

Recreational therapists assist clients in developing skills, knowledge and behaviors for daily living and community involvement in a variety of settings:

  • Long-Term Residential Care
  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • Community Park and Recreation Departments
  • Residential group homes
  • School systems
  • Correctional facilities
  • Home health
  • Outdoor Treatment Programs
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Programs 
  • Respite and Hospice Centers
  • Veteran Services
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities 

What You'll Study

Major

Get a comprehensive foundation of liberal arts, biological, health and social sciences, recreational therapy studies, research and leisure theory in our nationally recognized program. 

2016- 2017 Course Sequencing 

Courses

Learn technical aspects of the profession in specialty courses emphasizing professional therapeutic communication, program planning, intervention techniques, clinical assessment and reasoning, and management. 

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Longwood graduates launch summer day camps at Hull Springs Farm

Hull Springs Farm

Stunning natural beauty, a bevy of ongoing research projects, and versatile flora and fauna make Longwood University’s Hull Springs Farm a perfect outdoor classroom.

In July, more than 100 Westmoreland County fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders will take advantage of all Hull Springs offers in a new environmental camp spearheaded by Longwood graduates Patty Hale ’16 and James Wilson ’16.

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