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Bachelor of Arts: Recreation Therapy

Graduates in Recreation Therapy are trained to utilize recreation activities and otheractive treatment modalities to increase the functional abilities and quality of life of people of all ages with disabilities andillnesses. Their services complement physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well other allied health and human services to address clients' adjustment to illness/disability and education for a new lifestyle. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Recreation Therapy Degree Program Mission:
The mission of the Recreation Therapy curriculum at UNCW is to prepare students to successfully enter ever-changing health care and human service systems with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent practitioners and leaders in the field of recreation therapy and health care.

This preparation places a priority on the development of skills through applied learning experiences in classes, practica, internships, and community involvement. Further, student outcomes emphasize critical thinking and evidence based practice as means of assisting clients and organizations reach their goals, and maximize the quality of life of individuals.

Recreation Therapy Degree Program Goal:
The goal of UNCW's Recreation Therapy degree pogram is to to prepare competent entry-level recreation therapist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Between 2013 and 2015, the UNCW pass rate on the National Council of therapeutic Recreation Certification Exam was 86%.

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UNCW offers scholarships to currently enrolled students. All prospective and accepted School of Health and Applied Human Sciences students are encouraged to fill out their FAFSA and the UNCW Scholarship Application in MySeaport to be eligible to receive awards from the university, college or school.

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