Admission to the Recreational Therapy Program

Admission Requirements

Effective Fall 2009

Recreational Therapy Program Admissions Process
Students may apply for admission to the major at anytime after becoming a student at WCU Admission to the Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy requires completion of the application for new majors. The recreational therapy admission application includes development of a strategic plan for undergraduate studies in recreational therapy, submission of a reflective essay on why the applicant is choosing to study recreational therapy, and completion of the recreational therapy pre-admission knowledge assessment. Application to the program does not assure acceptance. Students admitted to the program must earn a grade of C or better in each RTH course in the major and must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 to remain in the program.

How Does a Student Apply for Recreational Therapy Program Admission?
A prospective student should schedule an appointment with one of the three recreational therapy faculty members: Dr. Peg Connolly, Dr. Jennifer Hinton, or Mr. Glenn Kastrinos. The faculty member will set up an appointment and go over the admissions process with the student. The student may then submit their completed admission materials and will be notified of the faculty decision.

What is involved in the strategic plan for admission to the Recreational Therapy Program?
The strategic plan covers co-curricular activities that will help the student develop professionally and gain valuable experiences in recreational therapy while completing their B. S. Degree at Western Carolina University. The Recreational Therapy Program is part of the WCU QEP Plan and, as such, engagement and service learning in co-curricular activities are critical to the student’s professional development. The strategies of student involvement in the WCU Recreational Therapy Association, the state and national recreational therapy associations, development of specialty skills related to practice, collateral certifications, service learning experiences, and potential study abroad are included.

What is involved in the written essay for admission to the Recreational Therapy Program?
This one page, single spaced paper should explain why the student is choosing to study recreational therapy. Resources and website information on the profession will be provided to the student to help them in preparing their reflective essay that explores their thoughts, personal experiences, and the reasons that have led them to choose this major.

Upon acceptance to the program, the student will complete a pre-admission knowledge test for recreational practice which will be provided online. This will help gage the student’s learning as they progress through their curricular and co-curricular experiences in the curriculum.

All students are welcome to enroll in RTH 200 Foundations of Recreational Therapy to learn more about the major and help determine their interest in pursuing a degree in this field.

For further information contact:

Dr. Peg Connolly, LRT/CTRS
Dr. Jennifer Hinton, LRT/CTRS, Program Director
Mr. Glenn Kastrinos, LRT/CTRS

The Recreational Therapy Program is located in 304 HHS Building.

Application for Recreational Therapy Program (Word)
Strategic Plan


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