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What is recreational therapy?

Recreational therapy refers to the prescribed use of recreational and other activities as treatment interventions to improve the functional living competence of persons with mental, emotional, and/or social disadvantages.

Often working as a member of a clinical treatment team, the recreational therapist uses a wide variety of techniques, including:

  • Adaptive Sports
  • Adventure-based Therapy
  • Anger Management and Assertiveness Training
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Cognitive Retraining
  • Community Reintegration
  • Leisure Education
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Stress Management and Relaxation Therapy
  • T'ai Chi

Recreational Therapy Program

RT students on tower with young client

Recreational therapy students work with a client on the climbing tower.

WCU is the first accredited university in the country to offer a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree specifically in recreational therapy. Join our groundbreaking program and get started on a rewarding career in recreational therapy.

The goal of the Recreational Therapy Program is “To prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.” You’ll learn from primary faculty members who are all certified and licensed recreational therapists with many years' experience as healthcare professionals, consultants, and educators. Our support faculty are experts in their respective fields—human anatomy and physiology, counseling, psychology, pharmacology, medical sciences, child development, and family relations.

Recreational therapists must complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree in the field to meet national certification and state licensing requirements. We’re proud that the academic transcripts of students exiting our program exceed all necessary requirements to sit for the exam leading to national professional credentialing and North Carolina licensure in recreational therapy.

Learn more about the program—understand admission requirements, review the curriculum, learn about career opportunities, browse our resources, and meet our faculty. If you have further questions, please contact us.

Recreational therapy students engage in an outdoor initiative on teamwork

Above: Students engage in an outdoor initiative on teamwork.


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