The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program provides curricular and co-curricular experiences for students to become leaders in therapeutic recreation and related professions. Graduates meet requirements to apply for certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Certification and licensure by the state of North Carolina. The program is shaped by these value statements: Healthy recreation and leisure involvement is fundamental for life satisfaction; therapeutic recreation uses recreation and leisure experiences to help people with disabilities and other limiting conditions to recover, develop, maintain, and improve their quality of life; effective therapeutic recreation practitioners are grounded in theoretical concepts and employ evidence-based intervention in all practice settings; the use of high impact practices increase the effectiveness of learning experiences; diversity and inclusion are critical components for the effect delivery of services; and community engagement contributes to healthy lifestyles for all.
Current graduates meet educational requirements to apply for certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Certification and licensure by the state of North Carolina. Students should consult with the licensing boards of NJ, OK, NH, and UT regarding specific requirements for those states. The WSSU Therapeutic Recreation Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).
These disclosures do not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny an application. Additionally, these disclosures do not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect an application for licensure that occurs after these disclosures have been made. Students should check the Professional Licensure material before registering for classes each session for the most up-to-date information.
Winston-Salem State University is a member of the National Council State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC- SARA) which allows the university to provide distance learning programs (both online and learning placements) and coursework to students located in states other than North Carolina. Membership does not grant reciprocity or exemption from state professional licensing requirements. Licensing requirements in North Carolina may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in other states.
WSSU shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.