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Therapeutic Recreation.

B.S. Degree in Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation Degree - Bachelor of Science (BS) 

Earn a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and help improve the abilities of and the quality of life for special populations.

If you are empathetic and caring, if you want to see people thrive regardless of their limitations or special needs, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Catawba College will help you achieve that goal. Knowledgeable and inspiring faculty and small class sizes create maximum personal attention for Recreational Therapy majors at this North Carolina institution named #4 among Best Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News.

Catawba College is one of only a handful of colleges that offer a program of study in Therapeutic Recreation. This program’s curriculum includes extensive courses in psychology, anatomy, leadership, and medical terminology, with an emphasis on experiential learning through a required 80-hour practicum in the sophomore or junior year, as well as a full-time internship in Therapeutic Recreation in the senior year.

Catawba College Therapeutic Recreation majors benefit from exposure to all types of special needs populations — from veterans, to geriatric citizens, to those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Plus, strong community partnerships between Catawba College and area schools, camps, hospitals, special population settings, equine therapy facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, schools for the deaf, recreation and park facilities, senior centers, and correctional institutions provide many opportunities for hands-on experiences.


Therapeutic Recreation Program Highlights

Upon completion of Catawba College’s Therapeutic Recreation bachelor’s degree program, students have met the requirements to sit for the National Council of therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam. Once a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation degree graduate passes the exam, they are able to practice as Recreational Therapists. Recreation Therapists use a variety of interventions to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs of their clients and help these clients develop skills, knowledge and behaviors for daily living and community involvement.

Some Therapeutic Recreation graduates continue their education by completing a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy since Catawba’s Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation meets most of the admissions requirements for that particular program. Other common master’s degree programs that Therapeutic Recreation bachelor’s degree graduates may pursue, and which only require a few additional undergraduate classes to meet entry requirements, include Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Speech and Language Pathology, or Health Administration.

Catawba College Therapeutic Recreation working with a horse
Practicums for Therapeutic Recreation Majors.

Therapeutic Recreation majors at Catawba College are required to complete an 80-hour practicum in their sophomore or junior year. The therapeutic recreation practicum requirement affords students the opportunity to gain practical experience and observation in a variety of careers in the medical profession and allied health services, including Therapeutic Recreation, Occupational Therapy, Equine Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kinesiotherapy, Pet Therapy, Social Work, and Activity Directing.

Catawba College Student Smiling in a Therapeutic Recreation exercise
Therapeutic Recreation Internships.

Students can polish their professional skills while they build experience on their resumes through a Therapeutic Recreation internship. One hundred percent of Catawba College’s Therapeutic Recreation majors complete a full-time internship during their senior year. Internship placements can be local to Salisbury, in students’ hometowns, or at a variety of unique locations throughout the country.

 

Related Bachelor Degree Programs

Outcomes

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CAREERS IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION.

Therapeutic Recreation majors from Catawba College are improving lives in these positions:

    • Recreation Therapist, Senior TLC: A Community Pace Program
    • Recreation Therapist, VA Hospital
    • Activity Director, Heath House
    • Manager of Behavioral Health, Davis Regional Medical Center

 

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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduate schools enrolling Catawba Therapeutic Recreation majors include:

    • Winston-Salem State University
    • UNC-Greensboro
    • Wake Forest University



  

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"It’s practically impossible to fall through the cracks at Catawba. Here you are given some of the best opportunities to make your education something truly unique and memorable.

"That same community feel that sets Catawba apart — the class sizes and student/faculty interactions — produces wonderful opportunities that many larger schools cannot offer."

Rebecca Aclin '16 
Therapeutic Recreation Major; Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Wants to continue to work with veterans

Therapeutic Recreation Facilities

Abernethy Physical
Education Center

Athletic
Fields

Hayes Athletic
Field House

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PARTICIPATE.

Therapeutic Recreation majors at Catawba College gain an abundance of hands-on experience working with persons of various disabilities (children, adolescents, adults) as part of their coursework.  Students majoring in the recreational therapy field have the opportunity to gain practical experience and observation in a variety of careers in the medical profession and allied health services, such as Therapeutic Recreation, Occupational Therapy, Equine Therapy, Physical Therapy, and more.

Students majoring in Catawba's Therapeutic Recreation program can also participate in a number of volunteer opportunities and engage with like-minded students pursuing majors like theirs in the Sports and Health Sciences Society.

Faculty

Amanda Grieshaber, MS, LRT/CTRS, CRC, CBIS

Amanda Grieshaber, MS, LRT/CTRS, CRC, CBIS, is Coordinator of Catawba College's Therapeutic Recreation bachelor's degree program. She has extensive knowledge in traumatic brain injury and dual diagnosis, as well as practical experiences for students.  Prior to joining the Catawba College faculty, she worked as the Day Program Coordinator at Hinds’ Feet Farm, a program for adults with brain injuries.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation
Required Courses for B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation

PER 1110 Swim for Beginners

1

PER 1290 First Aid, CPR and Emergency Care

3

PER 2110 Medical Terminology

1

PER 2280 Recreation Leadership

3

PER 2282 Recreation Management

3

PER 2595 Organization and Administration of Recreation

3

PER 3525 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation

3

PER 3530 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation

3

PER 3535 Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation

3

PER 3540 Program Planning in Therapeutic Recreation

3

PER 3545 Therapeutic Recreation Intervention and Techniques

3

PER 4201 Practicum

2

PER 4448 Internship

6

PSYCH 1340 Child Psychology                  

OR 
PSYCH 1350 Adolescent Psychology

3

PSYCH 2345 Human Development

3

PSYCH 3480 Abnormal Psychology

4

PSYCH 2940 Psychology of Exceptionalities

3

BIOL 2419 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Speech

3

Elective in support course

3

 

Total:

58

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

PER 1110 SWIM FOR BEGINNERS (1 hour)
Instruction for non-experienced students.

PER 1290 FIRST AID, CPR AND EMERGENCY CARE (3 hours)
A practical study of the theory and application of first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rescue breathing AED, and two-person CPR, to include both minor and extreme medical problems.

PER 2110 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (1 hour)
An introduction to basic medical terms and their use as they are encountered in athletic training and therapeutic recreation.

PER 2280 RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP (3 hours)
A basic course including fundamentals of recreational leadership, group dynamics, and human relation skills.

PER 2282 RECREATIONAL MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
Identification and explanation of administrative opportunities specific to recreation. Particular emphasis given to personnel, facilities development and maintenance, scheduling, and financial management.

PER 2595 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the organization and administration of recreational programs with emphasis on programming, staffing, budgeting, and risk management issues.

PER 3525 INTRODUCTION TO THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
An introduction and overview of the history, philosophy and practice of Therapeutic Recreation as a treatment service.

PER 3530 ISSUES AND TRENDS IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of prominent issues and trends in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

PER 3535 ASSESSMENT IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
A study of the basic concepts, techniques, and methods connected with the practice of Therapeutic Recreation in settings offering medical, rehabilitation and health care services.

PER 3540 PROGRAM PLANNING IN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (3 hours)
An introduction to the systematic design, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic recreation programs.

PER 3545 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION INTERVENTION AND TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
A course designed as an experiential class in implementing therapeutic recreation interventions which will emphasize group dynamics, initiatives, leadership, adaption, therapeutic communication, and behavior management.

PER 4201 PRACTICUM (2  hours)
An ongoing relationship with an agency or group related to the student’s major interest, resulting in understanding of the purpose and methods of the agency or group. Prerequisite: Departmental acceptance. Minimum of 80 hours.

PER 4448 INTERNSHIP (6-12 hours)
Practical work experience with a cooperating agent and under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. Credit is granted as a result of pre-agreement and planning of the advisor and student. Minimum of 560 hours as required by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Written work and a summary evaluation is required.

PSYCH 1340 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
A survey of the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development in children from conception to adolescence.

PSYCH 1350 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
A study of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development during the second decade of life.

PSYCH 2345 HUMAN?DEVELOPMENT (3 hours)
A survey of the important methods, theories, themes, issues and research findings in the field of lifespan developmental psychology.

PSYCH 3480 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours) 
A study of the classification, etiology, and treatment of personality disorganization.

PSYCH 2940 PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONALITIES (3 hours)
 A survey of the characteristics, education, and social integration of people with physical, emotional, cultural, behavioral and/or cognitive exceptionalities.

BIOL 2419 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (4 hours)
Cell structure and functions; tissue and organ systems: Skeletal, muscular and nervous. Lecture and laboratory.

COMM 1101 PUBLIC SPEAKING (3 hours)
A study of oral communication with attention to vocal delivery, bodily action, and speech composition.