Parks and Recreation Management (Therapeutic Recreation)

The BS in parks and recreation management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation is the only program in Arizona that prepares students for national professional certification in therapeutic recreation. The program is designed for students who have an interest in providing therapeutic interventions and adaptive recreation services for individuals with social problems, illnesses and disabling conditions. The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experiences in the therapeutic recreation field. Students who choose this concentration are truly committed to improving people's lives and contributing to their communities.
Degree Awarded: 
Parks and Recreation Management (Therapeutic Recreation)
School of Community Resources and Development
Additional Program Fee: 
Minimum math requirement: 
MAT 142 - College Mathematics
Second Language Requirement: 

There are a range of job opportunities for therapeutic recreation professionals ranging from clinical settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes, adventure programming for youth-at-risk and people with disabilities, and community programs offered through parks and recreation departments.

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Adapted Physical Education Specialists $51,980
Art Therapists 14.6%$42,280
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 23.88%$76,860
Medical and Health Services Managers 16.01%$88,580
Music Therapists 14.6%$42,280
Recreational Therapists14.6%$42,280
Therapists, All Other11.5%$53,210

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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