Therapeutic recreation is a health-oriented and client-centered field of human services. Therapeutic practice involves a continuum of services that use recreational activities to improve functional abilities; leisure education to help individuals acquire skills, knowledge, and attitudes that facilitate an independent lifestyle; and other programs to enhance health, growth, development, and independence through rewarding leisure activities.
Students interested in this major must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Admission to the NCTRC Certification track is selective. Students must apply and be admitted to the program after completing 24 s.h. at Iowa (or 12 s.h. for transfer students) with a University of Iowa GPA of at least 2.50 and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The Therapeutic Recreation major requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 60-63 s.h. of work for the major. A therapeutic recreation internship is required and students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.
Tracks in Therapeutic Recreation
The NCTRC track (63 s.h.) focuses on developing therapeutic recreation competencies necessary to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam and to pursue a career in clinical or community therapeutic recreation. Students who complete the curriculum and pass the NCTRC Certification exam will earn the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential.
The Inclusive Recreation track (61-63 s.h.) focuses on a variety of domains related to adaptive and inclusive recreation. Students can concentrate on a certain population or diversify their experience through curriculum design. This track does not meet requirements for the NCTRC certification exam and students in this track will not be eligible for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential.
To learn about required course work and graduating with honors, see Therapeutic Recreation in the UI General Catalog.