Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation Program By Temple University |Top Universities

Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation

Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation

  • QS World University Rankings
    751-800
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Start date Jan-2000
Recreation therapists use recreation and leisure activities to facilitate recovery, health, and wellness in individuals with disabilities. The primary goal of the undergraduate program is to prepare entry-level recreation therapists to use play and recreation generally, and recreation therapy specifically, as a means of psychosocial adaptation, health promotion, rehabilitation, and life quality for children, adults, and the elderly who have illness and disability. The curriculum is focused on assuring that graduates have proficiency in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to function as recreation therapists in traditional and emerging service delivery settings. Alumni of Temple's therapeutic recreation degree programs can be found in a wide range of health and human services agencies. They are employed in diverse settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, schools, and community recreation agencies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities are expected to increase approximately 17% over the next ten years, as fast as the average for all other occupations. A growth in employment opportunities will be most prevalent in the areas of aging/nursing care facilities, working with students with disabilities in schools, and outpatient medical facilities vs. inpatient care. The Therapeutic Recreation Program strives to be a world-class academic and research unit committed to advancing the role of play, recreation, and leisure opportunities in health promotion, rehabilitation, and disease prevention for diverse individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities across the life span. The program provides exceptional educational experiences, conducts discipline-expanding research, and contributes to society via programs that explore and test evidenced-based innovations in practice and policy. The program's mission includes instilling knowledge, values, ethics, and skills that will guide students in their future academic pursuits and their professional practice in therapeutic recreation at the local, national, and international levels; being a leading contributor to the ever-changing knowledge base in health, leisure, and disability studies through research and other scholarly activities; providing innovative and responsive educational opportunities, research, and service in collaboration with local, regional, and national agencies and organizations; and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations to promote a better understanding of the importance of physically and socially active lifestyles to health, well-being, and quality of life.

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