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  Sep 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Recreational Therapy, B.S.


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Major Requirements for Recreational Therapy


Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies
520 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-585-0555
Website: www.health.utah.edu/occupational-recreational-therapies

Minimum Degree Requirements: 69

Recreational Therapy (RT), also referred to as Therapeutic Recreation (TR), is a health and human service profession. TR uses activity-based interventions as a part of the systematic therapeutic recreation process that targets specific evidence-based outcomes. Recreational therapists use individual and group counseling techniques that are implemented through prescribed play, recreation, experiential activity and psycho education processes to improve the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual functioning and well-being of individuals with injury, illness and/or disability to enable a greater quality of life. A Recreational Therapist, assists clients/participants in developing knowledge, skills, and behaviors to improve functioning for greater health and community engagement. The therapist also works with the individual and his/her support systems to develop specific leisure skills and the necessary resources to promote overall well-being and life satisfaction.

Graduation Requirements

  • RECTH courses must be completed with a grade of C or better
  • RECTH courses used toward major requirements  may not be more than 7 years old
  • A 2.5 Cumulative GPA is required to enroll in RECTH 5828 - Recreational Therapy Internship .

Honors in Recreational Therapy

Students seeking an HBA or HBS in Recreational Therapy must complete:

Elective Course


Complete 3 Credit(s)

  • Open to a Social Science or Humanities Course

First Aid and CPR Requirement


Must be cleared with Academic Advisor. This requirement may not be completed with an online only course.

American Heart Association is the only accepted course. 

Fieldwork and Internship


  • Must have all RECTH coursework completed with C or better
  • Must have a 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Must have First Aid and CPR

Complete 12 credit(s)

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan


Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

First Year


Fall Semester


Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 14

Second Year


Fall Semester


Total Hours: 13

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 15

Third Year


Fall Semester


Total Hours: 13

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 16

Fourth Year