What is Recreational Therapy?

What is a Recreational Therapist?

To become a Recreational Therapist (CTRS) you must:

  1. Earn a Bachelor or higher degree in Recreational Therapy (RT) or Therapeutic Recreation (TR) from an accredited college or university that includes the following coursework:
    • 1 course (3 hours) in Recreation
    • 6 courses (18 hours) in RT/TR
    • 1 course (3 hours) in Anatomy & Physiology
    • 1 course (3 hours) in Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan
    • 1 course (3 hours) in Abnormal Psychology
  2. Complete a 560 hour & 14 consecutive week internship under the supervision of a CTRS at the internship site and at the academic institution. A partial list of organizations which may offer internship opportunities is listed below.
  3. Pass the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) exam from the NCTRC.

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