Therapeutic Recreation

Do you enjoy working with people? Are you looking for an exciting career in health care? Are you interested in helping people with disabling conditions use their leisure in ways that enhance the quality of their lives? The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) emphasis offers you that major.

Please add alternative text PhotoThe TR emphasis prepares students for entry-level practice as a recreation therapist in clinical and community-based settings with individuals who have disabling conditions. With a degree in TR, students can work in such settings as pediatric hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric facilities, correctional facilities, community recreation departments, and group homes, just to name a few. The program is designed to assist students to become eligible for certification as a recreation therapist by the California Board of Park and Recreation Certification and by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Please add alternative text PhotoTrends in the industry continue to support the value of therapeutic recreation. With improved healthcare, life expectancy has increased. According to the Census Bureau's projections, the elderly population will more than double to 80 million between now and the year 2050. Most of the growth should occur between 2010 and 2030 when the "baby boom" generation enters their elderly years. The effects of managed care are also apparent. Due to shorter hospital stays, patients are discharged more rapidly. Depending on the level of functioning, this discharge may be to the patient's home, transitional living, or long term care. Within each of these settings, recreation therapists are playing, and will continue to play an integral role in promoting and maintaining the quality of life.

Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis

RA 142, 144A, 144B, 148, 149, 187; BIOL 33; PSYCH 166; CFS 38.......(38)

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RA 106, 113, 146, PSCH 101, 102; COUN 174; CFS 131, 136; CRIM 100, 120; SOC 143, 147, 168; GERON 103, 132, 161; PHTH 105.....(3)