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Bachelor of Arts: Recreation Therapy

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. 

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 program is to to prepare competent entry-level recreation therapist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Recreation Therapists are Nationally Credentialed

The 2017-18 pass rate on the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification Exam for UNCW students was 96%.

News: The Success of Recreation Therapy for Veterans

Video: RT Students Love CHHS 2015 Convocation 

Recreation Therapy - One of “six careers worth going back to school for — even if you're over age 40” (CNBC, 2019)

Recreation Therapy Student Recipient of the 2018 Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Health Care Hero’s Scholarship: Tyler is a senior studying Recreation Therapy and just completed practicum at the Department of Defense Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he gained countless experience with veterans. He plans on taking on an internship based in adaptive sports in the summer of 2019. When he is not working as a lead facilitator for the UNCW Challenge Course, you can find him volunteering with ACCESS Fit and the Miracle Field - and has been doing so since spring 2017. Tyler has also been involved with Give Kids the World, where he discovered his passion to help individuals with disabilities, and has volunteered his Spring Breaks there for the past 4 years. “This nomination and award mean so much to me because it showcases my involvement in various organizations and hopefully allows awareness to spread of these amazing groups of people to others in the community - hoping to bring more volunteers out to assist!”


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