The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program provides curricular and co-curricular experiences for students to become leaders in therapeutic recreation and related professions. Graduates meet requirements to apply for certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Certification and licensure by the state of North Carolina. The program is shaped by these value statements: Healthy recreation and leisure involvement is fundamental for life satisfaction; therapeutic recreation uses recreation and leisure experiences to help people with disabilities and other limiting conditions to recover, develop, maintain, and improve their quality of life; effective therapeutic recreation practitioners are grounded in theoretical concepts and employ evidence-based intervention in all practice settings; the use of high impact practices increase the effectiveness of learning experiences; diversity and inclusion are critical components for the effect delivery of services; and community engagement contributes to healthy lifestyles for all.
Students who graduate with a major in therapeutic recreation meet requirements to apply for certification through theNational Council for Therapeutic Certification. Information about the requirements can be found by visiting the website, by phone at 845-639-1439 or email nctrc@NCTRC.org
TR Program Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. summarize relevant concepts and theories. [history, philosophy, play, recreation, leisure]
2. relate behavioral knowledge to human function. [culture, diagnoses, etc.]
3. illustrate best practices for human service providers. [professionalism, models of service delivery, role and function of human service provider, legal/regulations, SOP, professional involvement]
4. authentically assess individuals and communities.
5. design various plans for effective service provision.
6. implement person-centered programs and services.
7. explain concepts and procedures related to management.
8. demonstrate the ability to think critically and to solve problem. [evaluation, research]
9. demonstrate the ability to communication effectively. [oral, written]
10. apply knowledge, skills, and abilities in structured authentic situations.