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Recreation Therapy (B.A.)

Graduates in Recreation Therapy are trained to utilize recreation activities and other active treatment modalities to increase the functional abilities and quality of life of people of all ages with disabilities and illnesses. 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.

CAAHEP logoThe UNCW Recreation Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE). 

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.

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Recreation Therapy, B.A. / Applied Gerontology, M.S.

The Recreation Therapy bachelor’s/Applied Gerontology master’s degree program is designed to provide qualified students the means to complete the requirements for both degrees in a period of five years. The key feature of the program is that a student can count up to 12 hours of graduate-level courses to satisfy requirements for the B.A. in Recreation Therapy and toward the M.S. in Applied Gerontology.

To view the program details and requirements for the Recreation Therapy, B.S. / Applied Gerontology M.S., please visit the course catalogue.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Tina Newsham

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