Imagine a career in which you help others get better and stay healthy by having them do the things they love to do! Recreational Therapy, also known as Therapeutic Recreation, is a profession that contributes to the broad spectrum of healthcare through treatment, education, and the provision of adapted recreation opportunities. Most recreational therapists are employed by healthcare agencies and work in traditional inpatient hospitals, while many also work in mental health facilities, adult day care programs, assisted living and nursing settings, substance abuse facilities, hospice care, community parks and recreation settings and in school systems.

THE FIU RECREATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM RECENTLY MADE SOME EXCITING CHANGES TO OUR AVAILABLE PROGRAM OFFERINGS. THERE ARE NOW MORE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS TO HELP CUSTOMIZE THEIR EDUCATIONAL PATH AND CAREER GOALS!

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About

The Florida International University Recreational Therapy Program provides a nationally recognized curriculum designed “To prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”  Students are prepared to work in a variety of human service settings, ranging from hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing facilities to community parks and recreation centers. Students learn from faculty members who are all nationally certified and recreational therapists with many years’ experience.

The goals of the Recreational Therapy Program are:

  • To provide a nationally recognized curriculum designed to prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • To prepare students for employment in Recreational Therapy in a variety of human service settings, and/or for admission into graduate level program.
  • To provide a high quality education facilitated by faculty members who are all nationally certified and recreational therapists with many years’ experience.
  • To graduate students eligible to sit and pass the NCTRC certification exam.

To pursue a career in Recreational Therapy, there are several different academic tracks within the Recreation & Sports Management degree plan that students can choose from to further customize their education. Regardless of what program track students choose, everyone must begin in the ‘Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation’ track. Once enrolled, there are various avenues that can be pursued based on a student’s academic and professional aspirations. This program is available both fully online and on-campus.

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***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RT PROGRAM RECENTLY TRANSITIONED TO THESE NEW PROGRAM OFFERINGS. PREVIOUSLY THERE WAS ONLY ONE RT TRACK AVAILABLE – STUDENTS WHO ENTERED THE RT PROGRAM BEFORE THESE CHANGES WERE MADE WILL REMAIN IN THE ‘ORIGINAL’ RT PROGRAM AND THEIR REQUIRED COURSES DO NOT CHANGE!! PLEASE SEE THE ‘PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS’ PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION***

RT PROGRAM MISSION:

Through on campus and online educational technologies, the Florida International University Recreational Therapy Program weaves the higher education tenets of research, teaching, service, and engagement together in a way that excites and motivates students and faculty to be good, do good, and share what is good. We internalize the belief that when viewed as concepts that intersect, ideas emerge and proliferate, and ultimately, learning becomes a fully inclusive, shared, problem solving experience. We harness the intellectual capital of students and faculty so to cultivate ideas that serve the present and usher in the future to those who choose to educate and be educated by, and work with and alongside, people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and cultures. Our work transcends professional and geographical boundaries, labels, and time.

RT PROGRAM VISION:

As part of the larger FIU Community and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education, the FIU Recreational Therapy Program aims to consistently provide a world class/worlds ahead education to Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation and Recreational Therapy students, as well as serve as a bellwether for the provision of a shared, no-borders, RT higher education experience for local, national, and international RT communities.

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Program Options

All students must first enroll in the B.S. in Recreation and Sport Management: Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation Track. Once enrolled, students can then choose what direction to go within the program. There are two primary options:

1. Stay and graduate in the Pre-RT/AR Track This degree enables students to work in a variety of settings helping people with disabilities, limitations, illnesses, or youth at risk. The Pre-RT/AR track also offers an opportunity to pick-up a minor OR to complete 18 credits of advised electives (which is an ideal option for people looking to pursue other healthcare related disciplines during graduate school). View program of study.

2. Apply to the Combined BS/MS (4+1) Recreational Therapy Track 
To further your education in the field of Recreational Therapy, become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) AND complete a MS degree in only ONE YEAR then this is the option for you! After completing 75 credits in the Pre-RT/AR track, students who have maintained at least a 3.2 GPA may apply to the Combined BS/MS (4+1) RT track which is the centerpiece of the Recreational Therapy program! Upon acceptance, students will receive a B.S. in Recreation & Sport management after completing the required 120 credits, and will be eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) to become a CTRS. Following only one more year of graduate coursework, students then receive a M.S. in Recreational Therapy!

The bachelor’s portion of this track is offered online and on campus, but students are required to take three graduate level RT courses during the undergraduate program that are only offered online. The Master’s (+1) portion of this RT track is offered completely online.

If students decide that they do not want to pursue the Master’s portion of this track, students can exit the program after graduating with their B.S. in Recreation & Sport Management: Recreational Therapy track and still be eligible to become a CTRS.