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Therapeutic Recreation, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Utica, NY, United States
Therapeutic recreation (TR) is the use of recreation, leisure, and play to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, and emotional functioning to assist individuals in experiencing independent lifestyles and satisfying leisure experiences. 


Comprehensive TR involves a continuum of service that includes treatment, leisure education, and independent recreation participation. The therapeutic recreation major at Utica College is one of very few programs in the nation that is strictly designed to educate and graduate recreation therapists with a Bachelor of Science degree in therapeutic recreation. Graduates of this program meet the requirements of the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification to take the certification examination and become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. The program also is unique in that it is housed in the School of Health Professions and Education, which reflects the clinical-medical aspects of the major as well as the philosophical recreation foundation. 

Therapeutic Recreation graduates work in physical medicine and rehabilitation, mental and behavioral health, nursing homes and other programs serving older adults, residential care for people with developmental disabilities, youth programs, community based programs for people with and without disabilities…and other areas of professional accomplishment that demand a solid foundation in the liberal arts.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation 
  • Leisure and Wellness Education 
  • Program Design & Evaluation 
  • Therapeutic Recreation and Medical Conditions 
  • Assessment and Documentation 
  • Leadership, Analysis and Modification of TR Interventions 
  • Organization, Administration, and Advancement of the Therapeutic Recreation Profession 
  • Advanced Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques 
  • Internship and Examination Preparation 
  • Therapeutic Recreation - Internship 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Official transcripts (mark sheets) of all secondary and post secondary academic work sent by the school (in English along with an explanation of the grading system)
  • One letter of recommendation.
  • Offical examination results for school finishing or leaving examinations.
  • Copy of Passport.
  • Complete at least 16 units of secondary school credit.
  • Receive a diploma from an accredited secondary school.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20127 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20127 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20127 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20127 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Utica

  • 854 - 1870 USD/month
    Living Costs

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