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Therapeutic Recreation

In the Therapeutic Recreation 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)
  • Therapeutic Recreation is recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. 
  • Therapeutic Recreation is one of the most lucrative careers coming out of college!

Department: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management

Degree: Master of Science in Recreation & Leisure Studies; Therapeutic Recreation concentration

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