Recreation Therapy, BS

The BS program in recreation therapy 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 in a variety of settings for individuals with social problems, illnesses and disabling conditions. Students develop knowledge and skills to assess individuals, develop plans of service, provide diverse therapeutic interventions, and evaluate and document outcomes of care. They gain competencies to effectively provide comprehensive therapeutic recreation services that include program design and evaluation, individual and group service provision, and advocating for individuals. The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experience in the therapeutic recreation field.

Students who choose this degree program are truly committed to improving people's lives and contributing to their communities. This degree program is one of two such programs in Arizona, both offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. This degree has a heavier emphasis on clinical settings such as hospitals and other health care facilities while the BS parks and recreation (therapeutic recreation) is more oriented toward community settings such as parks and recreation departments and state health services departments.

Program Offered

Recreation Therapy, BS

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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Career Outlook

The program provides students with a choice of academic pathways in order to customize education with the desired career pathway. Recreational Therapists have the flexibility to work in numerous employment environments with diverse populations.  Graduates of the program work in a variety of settings. 

  • Adapted sport and recreation
  • Adult day health care
  • Assisted living
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Human service organizations
  • Long-term and residential care facilities
  • Private practice
  • Recreation programs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Schools
  • Veteran Health Care
  • Youth programs

Job outlook

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
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350
Recreation Workers8.7%$24,540
Recreational Therapists6.5%$47,680
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100

* 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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