Pathways to a career in therapeutic recreation

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ASU’s recreation therapy program prepares you to provide recreation and activity-based therapeutic interventions to address the needs of individuals living with illnesses and/or disabling conditions in our community. You are prepared for employment in healthcare, human services and recreation agencies.

 You have the option to select an undergraduate degree path that aligns with their career interests; 1) a bachelor of science in recreation therapy or 2) a bachelor of science in parks and recreation management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation. Upon completion of either degree, you may apply for eligibility to take the national certification exam through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

A minor in recreational therapy exposes you to the field of therapeutic recreation. You'll develop knowledge to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and document recreational therapy services. Completion of the minor provides you with a portion of the requirements needed for eligibility to take the national certification exam.

ASU offers the only therapeutic recreation program in Arizona and is part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) through which out of state students may be eligible for reduced tuition.  

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