Therapeutic Recreation, B.S.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is specifically designed for students who wish to enter the profession of therapeutic recreation which is sometimes also known as recreational therapy and/or to prepare for graduate study in related allied health and human service fields. The Therapeutic Recreation Program at Winston-Salem State University is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).
“My experience with the Therapeutic Recreation program at Winston Salem State University prepared me to be successful in the field by providing a program that was diverse in academics. It allowed me to explore different areas of practice by participating in a practicum and an internship. The professors provided the information and tools needed to enter the field with confidence that I could make a difference with the clients that I work with. This experience has prepared me to go into the field knowing what I had learned at WSSU would change my life forever. I can say that my experiences at WSSU with my peers and professors I will cherish for a life time. To incoming students the wealth of knowledge is worth the experience.”Tamara Lynn Ford Class of 1990 Senior Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Behavioral Health Center-Randolph Recreation Therapy Department Charlotte NC
The mission of the Therapeutic Recreation Program is to provide the academic and extracurricular experiences for individuals to become leaders in therapeutic recreation. Graduates meet the requirements to sit for the national TR certification exam and to become licensed by the state of North Carolina in recreational therapy.
Successful completion of the Therapeutic Recreation Program curriculum prepares students for a wide array of employment opportunities including: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community settings, nursing homes, behavioral health agencies, schools, and state facilities as well as others.
The BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation requires the successful completion of 120 hours.
Admission requirements: Cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete an interview
How to obtain an advisor: All full time faculty members serve as advisors to TR majors. Students are assigned an advisor during their freshman year or upon transfer into the program.
GPA requirements: Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA throughout the program.
In addition to completing the coursework for obtaining a degree in Therapeutic Recreation students are also required to complete a 480 or more clock hour internship in their final semester.