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Therapeutic Recreation

St. Thomas Aquinas College

48 months
32250 USD/year
32250 USD/year
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The program in Therapeutic Recreation (also referred to as recreation therapy) from St. Thomas Aquinas College provides treatment for individuals with illnesses or disabling conditions to improve or maintain physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 


Treatments often incorporate arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance, music, and community outings.

The Therapeutic Recreation option at St. Thomas Aquinas College prepares students to work with people of all ages with physical disabilities, emotional disturbances, mental disorders, chemical dependencies, Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and dual diagnoses.  The upper-level classes require students to do field work and or community service in the surrounding communities.  

The final course is a Therapeutic Recreation Internship, where students commit a full 560 hours of service in any of the over 125 official sites that our college has established in the tri-state area.  Our students are well prepared to incorporate class work into practice upon completion of this program, which is certified under the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Careers In Therapeutic Recreation

  • Our therapeutic recreation graduates are well prepared; more than 90% find full-time employment upon graduation. 
  • Employment opportunities include positions in after-care agencies, hospitals, non-profit agencies, nursing homes, prisons, recreation centers, rehabilitation centers, school districts, and summer camps.

Programme Structure

  • Students at STAC can participate in clinical, hands-on experience under the guidance of Dr. Levine Madori in the Therapeutic Recreation Research Methods Course R/L 407. 
  • The class has conducted and published research findings in the American Therapeutic Recreation Research Institute and the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association. 
  • The research class has conducted clinical research at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Northern Manor Rehabilitation Hospital and Cornell University. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Rolling Admissions


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete your Common Application. It's a snap! Remember to include your college essay
  • Have your college counselor send us transcripts from your secondary (high) school
  • Send your SAT or ACT scores to STAC
  • All international students are required to take either the TOEFL , IELTS, or Pearson PTE English language proficiency exam
  • STAC requires at least one letter of recommendation
  • Any student attending secondary (high) school outside of the U.S. must have a transcript evaluation completed by any of the organizations on the NACES membership list 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16125 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    32250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16125 USD per semester during 48 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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