Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree Overview
Recreational therapists design and implement treatment programs and recreation services to help people with illnesses or disabling conditions live healthier, satisfying and independent lives. They work with people who are mentally, physically and emotionally disabled by using leisure activities as a form of intervention. This is similar to the way other health practitioners use surgery, pharmacology, nutrition, exercise or psychotherapy.
UT's program is the only accredited recreational therapy program in Ohio. Admission to the college is open, but acceptance into the recreational therapy program is limited and requires a separate application after being admitted into the University. Once admitted, students explore the therapeutic value of a variety of recreation and leisure activities, from sports games to arts and crafts.
Students gain real-world experience and academic credit through undergraduate clinical placements and internships in local rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals and agencies serving mental retardation/developmental disabilities. UT is one of the few institutions that provide clinical learning experiences before a student's internship.
College of Health and Human Services Highlights
- Outstanding labs and facilities - Learn in new, state-of-the-art classroom and lab spaces with equipment that lets you get hands-on to simulate the work you’ll do once you graduate.
- Benefit from on-campus opportunities - Take advantage of the close proximity to UT Medical Center hospital and outpatient services for volunteer experience and clinical rotations. Work in some of the Main Campus clinics to practice your skills and learn while providing direct service to the public. You can even work with the student-athletes in UT's athletics and recreation programs.
- Outstanding faculty - Learn from faculty who are as well-versed in the practice of health sciences as in the theory. They are distinguished researchers and providers who want to teach and mentor you.
- Master's and Ph.D. programs - These upper-level programs attract high-caliber faculty and resources that also benefit our undergraduate students.
Graduates find rewarding opportunities in the growing field of home health care. Others decide to continue their education and earn advanced degrees. UT offers select students a chance to complete a pre-occupational therapy track where they complete an undergraduate degree and a doctorate of occupational therapy at The University of Toledo.
Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree Curriculum