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Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy at Grand Valley 

Therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy is a four-year program, plus one semester of internship, which leads to a bachelor of science degree. The program offers a highly articulated and sequenced curriculum. All students must seek advising from a department faculty member before embarking on the program. The baccalaureate curriculum provides educational opportunities that prepare students for entry level positions in therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy. Students are prepared to meet consumer health needs in a dynamic and culturally diverse world by completing a comprehensive curriculum that includes theoretical and practical experience and application. Students need to be able to use clinical reasoning skills such as problem solving, formulating concepts, making judgments, analyzing behaviors and tasks, and determining appropriate intervention. The following abilities are important for students to possess for the therapeutic recreation profession: commitment to learning, interpersonal skills, communication skills, effective use of time and resources, use of constructive feedback, professionalism, responsibility, critical thinking, and stress management skills.

Students who have been accepted by the University through the Admissions Office will follow the a "Secondary Admission" process outlined under Admissions and Application.

All undergraduate students interested in health-related programs at Grand Valley register as Therapeutic Recreation majors for their freshman year and complete prerequisite courses that are required and pertinent to therapeutic recreation.



The following documents outline the plan and assessment strategies of our program.


Page last modified September 3, 2013