Recreational therapists predominantly work in state, local, and private hospitals, schools, and nursing care facilities. They are compassionate and patient people who work with individuals who have varying illnesses and diseases. Recreational therapists record and analyze a patient's progress, assess a patient's needs through observation and medical records, and work with other health care professionals to establish treatment plans. They reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and promote restoration and rehabilitation through the usage of arts and crafts, games, sports, and dance and movement.
Optional, though highly recommended by several employers, is the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification's offering, the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist credential to candidates who pass a written exam and complete a supervised internship. There are also specialty certifications NCTRC offers in geriatrics, community inclusion services, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. An individual who has a degree and certification?especially in a specialization?tends to have better job prospects. Some states also require licensure, so check with the state in which you intend to practice.
Typically, students earn their bachelor's degrees in therapeutic recreation to get into the field, but associate or graduate degrees are also available. Human behavior, health, psychology, anatomy, physiology, and therapeutic modalities are common courses students will take to prepare them for a career as a recreational therapist.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Benedict College Columbia, SC||24 : 1||2,040|