Online Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Recreation Therapy Online

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Program Overview

The University of Toledo offers the only accredited 100% online recreation therapy program in the nation. Our program was named the "Best Value Parks and Recreation Degree Program" by College Values Online 2016.

UToledo students explore the therapeutic value of recreation and leisure activities, from adaptive physical activity to therapeutic arts. Students enrolling in Division's Recreation Therapy (RECT) program receive an education designed to prepare them for employment in the areas of Physical Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Geriatric Services, Pediatric Services, Camps for Individuals with Disabilities, Community Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities and Centers for Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.


Benefits of UToledo

The University of Toledo is a 4 year, public, regionally accredited university that has been serving students since 1872. As a student, you will enjoy direct contact with your Success Coach and advisors and interactive faculty to help you achieve your goals. UToledo also has many resources that a large institution offers such as eTutoring, IT Help Desk, and eLibrary.

Program Details

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 work with people who are mentally, physically and emotionally disabled. 

Undergraduates start as pre-recreation therapy majors and apply to begin the professional sequence during their sophomore years. Admission is competitive. UToledo is one of the few institutions to provide clinical learning experiences before a student's internship.

University of Toledo undergraduates must complete one or more of the following tracks:


We make the transfer process seamless. You receive an official evaluation as soon as we receive your official transcripts. You can also get an unofficial evaluation from

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Our recreation therapy program has a 98% job placement rate. Graduates find rewarding opportunities in the growing field of home health care and in: physical rehabilitation, pediatric services, psychiatric rehabilitation, community recreation, community camps for individuals with disabilities, centers for developmental disabilities. Many students also go on to graduate school.

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Admission requirements

*Students who do not qualify for direct admission may be admitted to Exploratory Studies in University College.

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Last Updated: 4/25/23