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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