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Recreational Therapy (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Recreational Therapy prepares students for careers as recreational therapists in health and human service settings such as hospitals, geriatric care facilities, and community-based organizations. The degree meets all of the professional certification requirements of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for students to become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).

Recreational Therapy (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)


Description


What is Recreational Therapy at ODU like?

The Bachelor of Science degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Recreational Therapy prepares students for careers as recreational therapists in health and human service settings such as hospitals, geriatric care facilities, and community-based organizations. The degree meets all of the professional certification requirements of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for students to become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).

Program Highlights


What makes Recreational Therapy at ODU unique?

  • Students apply course concepts and gain practical skills through their participation in the various structured hands-on and service learning opportunities embedded within the Recreational Therapy curriculum. Students engage with youth in the Mighty Monarchs wheelchair sports program, facilitate a senior wellness program in a local geriatric care facility, assist with Special Olympics, and complete a senior internship experience under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • Inclusion Specialist
  • Adapted Recreation Specialist

Courses


What are some courses offered in Recreational Therapy at ODU?

PRTS 261:
Introduction to Recreational Therapy


This course is designed to present an overview of recreational therapy as a profession. Philosophy, historical development and standards of practice will be discussed. Students will develop an understanding of professional training, credentialing, and the recreation profession

PRTS 420:
Intervention Techniques in Recreational Therapy


This course is designed to introduce students to various recreational therapy interventions used in practice. Students will explore physical, cognitive, and psychosocial interventions. Facilitation techniques, activity modification, and group facilitation will also be explored. Students will lead group recreational therapy interventions during lab. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor; PRTS 261 with a grade of C- or better.

PRTS 450:
Disability Culture in Therapeutic Recreation


This course will emphasize how disability is defined and understood on both a micro and macro level as related to the field of therapeutic recreation. The symptomatology of various disabilities will be explored and correlated with specific therapeutic recreation strategies and techniques for treatment. In addition, explanatory models of disability will be covered, including an exploration of the ethical issues associated with various ways disability has been understood and represented over time. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor; PRTS 261 with a grade C- or better.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Recreational Therapy at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Recreational Therapy should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Have completed 12 semester hours of course work (including ENGL 110C) with a grade point average of 2.00. Have a personal interview with a faculty member in the program.
Complete a background check in PRTS 261 – Introduction to Recreational Therapy to ensure eligibility for service learning experiences with youth.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Lindsay Usher


Location:

2019 STUDENT RECREATION CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7056


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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