Therapeutic Recreation prepares entry-level and advanced recreation therapists to use play and recreation generally and recreation therapy specifically as a means of psychosocial adaptation, health promotion, rehabilitation and life quality for children, adults and the elderly who have illness and disabilities. The curriculum is focused on assuring that graduates have the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) to function as recreation therapists in traditional and emerging service delivery settings. Relying on a range of activity-based interventions, including aquatics, wheelchair sports, animal-assisted therapy, creative arts and horticulture, credentialed recreation therapists are in demand due to the expansion of long-term care, outpatient care and other services for people with disabilities. The Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs qualify graduates to take the national examination for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).
Statement on Active Living
The overall mission of our program is to become a world-class academic and research unit committed to advancing the role of play, recreation, and leisure opportunities in active living, health and life-quality promotion, and rehabilitation and disease prevention for diverse groups, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities across the lifespan.
Why Choose Temple?
Temple's TR program within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences is highly regarded nationally for excellence in teaching and research. Faculty are established leaders in advancing TR as a health and human service discipline and have been recognized with numerous professional awards. Because of Temple's outstanding reputation for quality, TR students do very well in both internship and employment opportunities.
Another good reason to choose Temple is "location, location, location." The metropolitan Philadelphia area offers students a "living classroom" comprised of many diverse health care and human services agencies. Students affiliate with agencies for course projects, internship placements, and career-related paid employment.
Accreditation & Certification
The BS Program has accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Allied Health Education/Committee on Accreditation for Recreation Therapy. Questions about the accreditation of the BS degree can be directed to:
Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education
C/O Thomas K. Skalko, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS 1463 Saddlewood Dr.
Greenville , NC 27858
Students exiting the BS degree meet sitting requirements for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam. Information about the sitting requirements can be obtained from: