Parks and Recreation Management (Therapeutic Recreation), BS

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Live your best life and help others do the same. Become a recreational therapist and make a difference in the lives of individuals living with illness and disabling conditions. Using activity-based therapeutic interventions, enjoy a rewarding career and empower people to live a healthy leisure lifestyle while you work with human service and recreation programs in the community.

The BS program in parks and recreation management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation prepares students to apply for eligibility to take the national professional certification in through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification: https://www.nctrc.org.

The degree program prepares competent, entry-level recreational therapists with the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to improve functional outcomes and increase participation in life activities with individuals experiencing health conditions. It is designed for students who want to learn to conduct assessments, develop service plans, implement therapeutic interventions, evaluate and document outcomes of care. They gain skills to effectively provide comprehensive therapeutic recreation services that include program design and evaluation, individual and group service provision, and advocacy. The required fieldwork component of the program facilitates the development of competencies needed to provide quality recreational therapy services.

Students who choose this degree program are truly committed to improving people's lives and contributing to their communities. This degree program is one of two such programs in Arizona, both offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. This program prepares students to provide recreational therapy services in community settings such as youth programs, adaptive sports, or parks and recreation while the Bachelor of Science in recreational therapy has a heavier emphasis on healthcare settings such as hospitals and human service agencies.

ASU offers programs that lead to certification or licensure that may allow graduates to be eligible for certification or licensure in other states. Students should check the professional licensure list for Watts College to determine if this program meets requirements in their state: https://asuonline.asu.edu/about-us/licensure/.

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Parks and Recreation Management (Therapeutic Recreation), BS

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Career outlook

There is a wide range of job opportunities for therapeutic recreation professionals including in clinical settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes, adventure programming for youth-at-risk and people with disabilities, and community programs offered through parks and recreation departments.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Adapted Physical Education Specialists 9.8%$54,800
Art Therapists6.5%$47,680
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Coaches and Scouts 12.9%$32,270
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350
Music Therapists6.5%$47,680
Recreation Workers8.7%$24,540
Recreational Therapists6.5%$47,680
Rehabilitation Counselors 12.7%$34,860
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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