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Recreation Therapy

In the Recreation Therapy concentration, students acquire the skills necessary to help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by using recreation services and leisure experiences. Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to take the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).  For more information regarding certification requirements, see the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.  

In addition, students can take courses that meet the State of Connecticut Public Health Code to be a Therapeutic Recreation Director. 

Fast Facts:

  • The 2010-2020 job outlook calls for a 17% increase in employment opportunities. (
  • The average salary nationally is $45,520 ( The average salary in Connecticut is $52,810 (
  • There are nearly 30,000 recreation therapists in the United States, with over 16,000 certified by NCTRC. (National Council for Recreation Certification)
  • Recreation Therapy is recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. 
  • Recreation Therapy is one of the most lucrative careers coming out of college!

Department: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Recreation & Leisure Studies; Recreation Therapy concentration

More info: If you're considering declaring this major, contact Dr. MaryJo Archambault to get started