Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree Overview
The University of Toledo offers the only accredited recreation therapy program in Ohio. Our program was named the "Best Value Parks and Recreation Degree Program" by College Values Online 2016.
Students start as pre-recreational therapy majors and apply to begin the professional sequence during their sophomore years. Admission is competitive.
Recreational therapy students explore the therapeutic value of recreation and leisure activities, from sports to arts and crafts. UT is one of the few institutions to provide clinical learning experiences before a student's internship.
Recreational therapists design and implement treatment programs and recreation services to help people with illnesses or disabling conditions live healthier, more satisfying and independent lives. They work with people who are mentally, physically and emotionally disabled.
UT undergraduates must complete one or more of the following tracks:
Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree Highlights
- The only recreational therapy program in Ohio. College Values Online 2016 named our program the "Best Value Parks and Recreation Degree Program" for 2016. The ranking considers tuition, financial aid, return on investment and the number of minors, concentrations or areas of emphasis.
- Unique, undergrad, clinical experiences. Not many schools require students to work in the field. UToledo’s RT graduates are job-ready. Students get 810 hours of professional experience, including five 50-hour clinical rotations with various populations.
- Pre-occupational therapy track. Earn your BS in recreational therapy and meet the requirements for admission into UT’s occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program. RT majors can apply for early admission to the OTD program during their junior years.
- Above-average pass rate for certification exam. UT students are well-prepared for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists exam. Some agencies and facilities require this certification for employment.
- Job placement rate as high as 98%.
- Community outreach. Join our Recreation Therapy Club. Attend conferences and outreach events in the community. Network with professionals in the field. Volunteer and work with persons with disabilities.
- Accreditation. Our program has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions since 1990.
Our recreational therapy program has a 98% job placement rate. Graduates find rewarding opportunities in the growing field of home health care and in:
- Physical rehabilitation
- Psychiatric rehabilitation
- Geriatric services
- Pediatric services
- Community recreation/camps for individuals with disabilities
- Centers for developmental disabilities
Many UT students also go on to graduate school. They have been accepted at:
- University of North Carolina
- George Washington University
- The University of Toledo
- University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Ohio State University
- Clemson University
- Indiana University
- University of Wisconsin
- Cleveland State University
- Chicago State University
Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
Recreational Therapy Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses
- Leisure, Recreation & Aging
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Creative Arts Therapies
- Leadership & Administration of Outdoor Pursuits
- Intellectual Deficit/Developmental Disability
Internship Opportunities for Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree
"The recreational therapy program gave me the opportunity to gain amazing clinical and internship experience that has prepared me for my future career, and has improved my skills and abilities. The courses and field work have instilled within me the passion and commitment to improving the lives of others. Both the program and professors were helpful and encouraging throughout my experience, and I am thankful for everything I've learned."
Devin Goodrich, '15
"Every class, professor and classmate in UT's recreational therapy program contributed to my preparation and professional development. I couldn't have asked for a better environment from which to begin my lifelong journey."
Jessica Perry, '15