Recreation Therapy (Minor)

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Learn the basics of therapeutic recreation and develop specialized skills to facilitate activity-based interventions. The minor in recreational therapy will give you an edge with career opportunities.

A minor in recreational therapy exposes students to the field of therapeutic recreation. They develop the knowledge to assess individuals, develop service plans, implement therapeutic interventions, and evaluate and document outcomes of care, supporting the wellness of their communities through therapeutic recreation.

Completion of the minor provides students with a portion of the requirements needed for eligibility to take the national certification exam through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification: https://nctrc.org/about-certification/ctrs-the-qualified-provider/.

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Recreation Therapy (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The recreational therapy minor requires completion of 18 credit hours: 9 credit hours of required courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses.
PRM 400, PRM 406, and PRM 450 are offered in spring semester only.
PRM 453 and PRM 460 are offered in fall semester only.
Core Courses -- 9 credit hours
Therapeutic Recreation Electives (choose three courses) -- 9 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The recreational therapy minor requires completion of 18 credit hours, twelve credit hours of required courses and six credit hours of elective courses.

Core Courses (12 credit hours)
PRM 364 Foundations of Recreation Therapy, SB (3)
PRM 400 Intervention Techniques in Recreation Therapy (3)
Notes: Fall only
PRM 406 Program Design & Administration in Recreation Therapy (3)
Notes: Spring only
PRM 460 Assessment & Documentation in Recreation Therapy (3)
Notes: Spring only

Therapeutic Recreation Elective (3 credit hours)
PRM 413 Leadership and Professional Development in Recreation Therapy (3)
PRM 494 Advocacy in Recreational Therapy (3)
PRM 494 Therapeutic Recreation and Community Health (3)
Notes: Spring only

Elective (3 credit hours) CRD 302 Inclusive Community Development, C (3)
NLM 310 Volunteer Management (3)
PRM 120 Leisure and the Quality of Life, SB (3)
PRM 203 Program Planning (3)
PRM 335 Sports and Recreation for Youth Development (3)
Notes: Spring only
PRM 384 Recreation Therapy Practicum (3)
PRM 494 Inclusive and Adaptive Sports and Recreation (3)
Notes: Fall only

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.50

Incompatible Majors: BS in recreation therapy; BS in parks and recreation management (therapeutic recreation)

Other Enrollment Requirements: none

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

Graduates with a minor in recreational therapy can find opportunities in diverse settings involving a wide range of areas, including recreation, therapy and hospital settings.