Parks and Recreation Management (Therapeutic Recreation), BS
Accelerated Program

The BS in parks and recreation management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation 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.

This degree program is one of two such programs in Arizona, both offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. Students who choose this concentration are truly committed to improving people's lives and contributing to their communities.

Program Offered

Parks and Recreation Management (Therapeutic Recreation), BS

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

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Career Outlook

There is a wide range of job opportunities for therapeutic recreation professionals including in 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.

Example Careers

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 9.8%$54,800
Art Therapists6.5%$47,680
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.6%$81,630
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350
Music Therapists6.5%$47,680
Recreational Therapists6.5%$47,680
Therapists, All Other 19.9%$53,850

* 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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