Major in Therapeutic Recreation

Major in Therapeutic Recreation

You Belong Here

You’re a people person. You’re energetic and feel happiest when you’re on the move. You thrive when you can help others achieve their goals. Therapeutic recreation may be the major for you.


Hours of internship experience in a professional setting as part of this program

Why UC?

One of only a handful of programs in the discipline nationwide, recreation major at Utica College combines liberal arts learning with professional training and real-world experiences, helping students develop the in-depth technical and theoretical skills necessary for entry level competence in this growing profession.

Taught by an accomplished faculty with extensive experience in the field, the program trains students to use recreation to improve or maintain physical, intellectual, emotional, and social functioning and to optimize independence for people with disabilities.

Learn more about UC's therapeutic recreation faculty.

What You’ll Learn

Utica College offers one of the very few programs in the nation that issues a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation (instead of a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a specialization or concentration in Therapeutic Recreation) so students have greater preparation. The major is unique in its focus on the clinical-medical aspects of the discipline as well as the philosophical foundation of recreation. Students participate in fieldwork through area agencies, conduct projects, and are involved in organizing interventions for various populations. The curriculum includes a 560+ hour internship experience that may be completed in professional settings across the United States.

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"The rapidly growing number of older adults is expected to spur job growth for recreational therapy professionals in assisted-living facilities, adult daycare programs, and other social assistance agencies.”

— U.S. Department of Labor

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A Degree that Works

Graduates of this program meet the requirements of the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and are eligible to take the certification examination and become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Therapeutic Recreation graduates work in physical medicine and rehabilitation, mental/behavioral health, nursing homes and other programs serving older adults, residential care for people with developmental disabilities, youth programs, as well as community based programs for people with and without disabilities.

UC therapeutic recreation alumni have taken leadership positions at:

  • Beckwith Health Care (Philadelphia, PA)
  • St. Lawrence NYSARC
  • Bergen Regional Medical Center (Paramus, NJ)
  • Masonic Care Community (Utica, NY)
  • MaineHealth
  • Upstate Cerebral Palsy

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Students work with a variety of health sciences-related learning resources around campus and in the surrounding community.

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