​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU’s therapeutic recreation concentration, the first nationally accredited program in Michigan, prepares you for certification through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. You’ll train under the guidance of nationally certified faculty and gain the skills that lead to work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric agencies or long-term care facilities. A culminating clinical internship will complete your training in the delivery of functional and recreational programs for geriatric clients or individuals with emotional/behavioral impairments, physical disabilities or intellectual disabilities.​

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Recreational therapist$42,280 per year13% (2,700 more jobs)
Rehabilitation counselor$33,880 per year20% (23,400 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Education and Human Services website​ or contact:

Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration
Finch Fieldhouse 214
Email: rpl@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3858

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Recreation: Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

The goal of the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) concentration is to prepare students to serve as competent practitioners in the role of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). Students in this program develop skills to work with individuals with disability and chronic illness in diverse health care settings. In addition to structured coursework a strong emphasis is placed on practical training via numerous volunteer placements and a full-time clinical internship under a CTRS. Upon completion of all coursework and professional internship, the student is eligible to sit for the national certifying examination administered by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Academic advisors work closely with students in the selection and scheduling of courses to assure timely completion of degree and major requirements.
Total: 61-76 semester hours
Required Courses I
(43 hours)
HSC 214
Human Anatomy
4
HSC 215
Human Physiology
4
PSY 250
Abnormal Psychology
3
RPL 118
Introduction to Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services
2
RPL 210
Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation
3
RPL 310
Pre-Internship in Leisure Services
1
RPL 340
Therapeutic Recreation: Developmental Disabilities
3
RPL 341
Therapeutic Recreation: Physical Disabilities
3
RPL 342
Therapeutic Recreation: Behavioral Health
3
RPL 345
Therapeutic Recreation: Gerontology
3
RPL 349
Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
3
RPL 351
Pharmacology for Therapeutic Recreation
1
RPL 518
Research & Philosophy in RPL
3
RPL 580WI
Programming for Therapeutic Recreation
3
RPL 581
Therapeutic Recreation: Management Issues
3
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
HDF 100
Lifespan Development
3
PSY 220
Developmental Psychology
3
Required Courses III
(15-30 hours)
Note: RPL 320 - Students seeking a B.S. or B.A. degree will complete a one semester 15 credit hour internship in a clinical setting. Students seeking a B.A.A. degree will complete a 30 hour internship (in two unique settings, one of which must be clinical).
RPL 320
Professional Internship in Recreation
1-30