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BS Recreation Management - Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

A BS Recreation Management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation prepares students in the use of activities as therapeutic tools to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

This career-ready concentration follows American Therapeutic Recreation Association guidelines of foundations, client assessment, treatment programs, implementation and modifications, and evaluation of treatments. Seniors intern under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation specialist in preparation to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam. Graduates pursue careers in settings such as local, state, and federal recreation agencies; adult and senior healthcare facilities; non-profit organizations; and educational and clinical institutions.

Is This Program Certified?

Yes, this concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accreditation is a status granted to academic programs in colleges and universities that meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality.

What Are Some Benefits of the Mason Program?

In addition to our accreditation status and innovative faculty, Mason’s geographic location in the Northern Virginia metropolitan area provides for a wealth of fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities. We also offer the EDGE, our center for outdoor experiential learning located on our Science and Technology Campus, which students utilize in course work, practicums, and internships.

What Are Some Potential Careers for Program Graduates?

  • therapeutic recreation specialist
  • senior center activities director
  • community therapeutic recreation coordinator
  • school inclusion coordinator
  • corrections recreation director
  • Special Olympics administrator
  • residential recreation counselor
  • therapeutic horseback riding specialist
  • community inclusion officer
  • aquatics instructor for individuals with disabilities
  • at-risk youth counselor
  • research and grants specialist
  • community services director
  • adaptive swim specialist
  • adaptive recreation director