Recreation Therapy

Within the Recreation Therapy Bachelor of Arts Degree program, students learn to assist individuals with various disabilities in the rehabilitation process by using recreation and other activities as a therapeutic mediums. The Recreation Therapy Degree program is accredited by COAPRT.

Our 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. 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 maximizing the quality of life of individuals.

Curriculum Information

BA Degree Requirements (PDF)

Recreation Therapy Course Sequence (PDF)

Course Offerings (PDF)

Featured Recreation Therapy Students & Alumni
Aquatic Therapy
Recreation Therapy Interns at Trinity Grove

Assistance Dogs (web page coming soon)

Recreation Therapy Activities

rectherapyski ADAPTIVE WATER SPORTS DAY
ACCESSIBLE RECREATION DAY accessiblerecreationday
Ropes Course 2

ROPES COURSE

MIRACLE FIELD

The Miracle League (External Link)

Dr. Dan Johnson in interview with Jemila Ericson on local NPR station WHQR.

MiracleFieldplan

Careers in Recreation Therapy (External links)
Kiplinger names Recreation Therapy #4 In "10 Best Majors for a Lucrative Career"
Why Hire a CTRS

I am a Recreational Therapist
Recreation Therapy: One of the Best Jobs Outside the Cubicle

Links to professional organizations (External links)
Therapeutic Recreation Directory
American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
North Carolina Recreational Therapy Association (NCRTA)
NC Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure (NCBRTL)

 


Our Faculty

CandyAshtonForrester
Dr. Candace Ashton-Forrester
Program Coordinator/Professor

McNeill Hall 3010
910.962.7794
ashtonc@uncw.edu


DanJohnson
Dr. Dan Johnson
Associate Professor

McNeill Hall 3015
910.962.3659
johnsonde@uncw.edu


TerryKinney

Dr. Terry Kinney
Professor

McNeill Hall 3053
910.962.7570
kinneyt@uncw.edu



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