The University of Toledo is the only institution in Ohio where you can earn a bachelor’s degree in recreation therapy.
The University of Toledo offers the only accredited recreation therapy program in Ohio.
Complete your bachelor’s degree entirely online.
Graduate job-ready, with more than 800 hours of real-world experience. You can complete those hours wherever you live. Clinical experiences are available all over the country.
Our job placement rate is well above 90%. Our passage rate on the national certification exam exceeds the national average.
Recreation 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 assess and work with people who have mental, physical and emotional disabilities.
Recreation therapy majors in our bachelor’s degree program:
Recreation therapy is a four-year program. In your first two years, you complete prerequisites and introductory recreation therapy courses.
In your sophomore year, you apply for admittance into the two-year “professional sequence” of the program. Admission is competitive. In this portion of the program, you complete upper-level recreation therapy classes and gain professional clinical experience through internships.
University of Toledo undergraduates must complete one or more of the following tracks:
If you’ve already begun course work for a bachelor’s degree or have an associate’s degree in a related field, you also may be able to complete your degree in our recreation therapy program.
To discuss this option, contact program director Dr. Ruthie Kucharewski or advisor Mrs. Staci Sturdivant.
Our recreation therapy program has a 98% job placement rate. Graduates find rewarding opportunities in the growing field of home healthcare and in:
Many UToledo students also go on to graduate school. They have been admitted to:
“After applying to UToledo, I couldn’t believe that I could combine all my interests for the outdoors, sports, music, cooking, journaling and reading into a career of helping others achieve their holistic well-being. From my freshmen year through my senior year, I was able to see connections between my courses each semester and grew increasingly confident in my skills. With clinical experiences in every population, I was able to transfer the skills I was gaining in class to work with people of all ages and ability levels. In my final internship, I designed and facilitated programming to combat the depression and anxiety my residents experienced during the pandemic.”
Kortny Overhiser, CTRS , '20
"The University of Toledo Recreation Therapy program is an outstanding program to prepare you to become a recreation therapist. The professors’ passion for the field radiates in classes. When I was in my internship, I felt like I was ahead of most internship students because of the education I received."
Logan Ross, CTRS, '18, '19
Recreation Therapy Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses