The bachelor's program in Recreational Therapy comprises 120 credit hours. The program consists of a general education section, a core course section and the concentration(s) selected by the student.
General Education Requirements (30 credits)
Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program. For specific course requirements, refer to the “General Education Program” section on page 93 of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Recreational Therapy Major Requirements (54 credits)
The Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy, including the concentration and field experience is a 120 credit program. The program consists of 30 credits in general education, and 54 credits within the major, which includes 6-credits of supervised field experience in Recreational Therapy. In addition, students will be required to complete one of the three 12 credit concentrations within the program, and may choose up to 24 credits of open electives. The open elective courses may be selected to count toward an additional 12-credit concentration(s) of their choice, which will be recorded on the student’s transcripts.
RT 1100 - Recreational Therapy: Theory and Foundations (3 credits)
This course examines the history, concepts, theories, and foundations of therapeutic recreation. It introduces the role of therapeutic recreation for disadvantaged populations and persons with disabilities and illnesses in health care and community settings. Students will examine the application of therapeutic recreation in prevention services and the link between social, psychological, and physical health. Students will also gain a basic understanding of the disabilities, impairments and illnesses most often encountered in the provision of therapeutic recreation services. Students will gain a basic understanding of the principles and techniques in therapeutic recreation programming to include: client assessment, individual programming planning, behavioral techniques, activity analysis, documentation, specific program design, and program evaluation.
RT 1200 - Recreational Therapy with Physically Disabled Individuals (3 credits)
Addressing physical and psychological needs of individuals with physical disabilities. This course will also provide appropriate recreational therapy techniques and methods used in providing services to individuals in clinical and community settings.
RT 1400 - Current Trends in Recreational Therapy (3 credits)
This course will examine the most recent trends in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Topics that will be discussed will include: the current settings in which recreational therapists are typically employed, various treatment modalities, collaboration entities that are beneficial to clients treated in recreational therapy environments, and future developments within the Therapeutic Recreation field, including evaluation of current research in this area.
HS 1300 - Interpersonal Assessment Skills in Human Relations (3 credits)
This course provides an opportunity to learn basic skills essential for the assessment of interpersonal relations. Students will examine interpersonal dynamics and communication in families, the workplace, community organizations, and social settings. An emphasis is placed on developing skills in listening, observation, and analysis. Case studies will be used to explore a variety of presenting problems and appropriate assessment strategies.
RT 2000 - Recreational Therapy: Processes and Techniques (3 credits)
An introduction to the processes and techniques of therapeutic recreation to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities. This course is designed to discuss the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies utilized in recreational therapy. The course will also take an in-depth look at the challenges associated with the recreational treatment process and examine the various methods used in overcoming these challenges.
RT 2100 - Recreational Therapy for Individuals with Mental Illness (3 credits)
This course will address psychiatric, social, behavioral, and addiction difficulties through recreational therapy interventions in behavioral and mental health settings. This course will discuss the therapeutic recreation strategies and techniques that can improve functional abilities, enhance recreation skills and attitudes, build confidence, ease fears, promote greater self-reliance, strengthen interpersonal skills, manage stress and emotional difficulties, and enrich the client’s quality of life. Prerequisite: PSYC 3260.
RT 2200 - Multicultural Issues in Therapeutic Recreation Settings (3 credits)
This course examines multicultural competence and helps students develop awareness, knowledge, and skills that will enable them to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. The course will also discuss the challenges and ethical considerations associated with working with diverse populations in a therapeutic recreation environment and the various methods used in overcoming these challenges.
PSYC 2350 - Life Span Human Development (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of systematic changes within the individual from conception through death. Unlike many studies of development, this course is structured around issues of development rather than examination of development from a chronological perspective. This structure will allow the student to more completely grasp life-span issues. Family, social roles, lifestyle, psychological disorders, mental abilities, and death and dying will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H. Frequency: Every Fall and Winter.
RT 3050 - Clinical Assessment and Evaluation in Recreational Therapy (3 credits)
This course will examine the importance of reliable assessment and evaluation in the recreational therapy treatment planning process. There will be a focus on assessment, developing measurable treatment goals, evaluating outcomes, and documentation. Frequency: Every Fall.
RT 3250 - Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)
This course deals specifically with form and function of human systems. The course stresses human anatomy and physiology. A comprehensive coverage of the musculoskeletal system, articulations and the neural system is discussed. The application of kinesiological principles to the analysis of movement and the description of movement in anatomical terms is also a focus of the course. Frequency: Every Fall and Winter.
HS 2100 - Administration of Recreational and Leisure Services (3 credits)
This course will discuss contemporary recreational therapy program organizational principles and administrative issues, such as assessment, instruction, evaluation, and supervision of staff and clients in recreational activities as part of a therapeutic/rehabilitative program. Frequency: Every Winter.
LED 3000 - Introduction to Leadership (3 credits)
Welcome to Introduction to Leadership! This course is designed to introduce students to major leadership concepts and demonstrate effective application of the theoretical knowledge to real world business environment. Upon the completion of the course, students are expected to develop a comprehensive knowledge of leadership principles and acquire an understanding of current challenges and opportunities associated with this particular competency. Through interactive discussions, case analysis and practical applications, students will develop a working knowledge of relevant leadership skills and behaviors. Frequency: Every Fall and Winter.
HS 3330 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credits)
This course will examine theories of how the environment affects human behavior. Interactions between individuals and groups of people, impact of culture and society on one?s values, perceptions of the world, and beliefs will be explored. Additionally, influence of gender, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, and socioeconomic class, on perceptions, experiences, and development across the lifespan will be discussed as well. Students will have the opportunity to self-reflect on how the multiple dimensions of the environment impacts their behavior and how it makes sense in context. The application of theoretical frameworks, such as the ecological model, to assessment and intervention practices in social work will also be examined. Frequency: Every Fall and Winter.
BHS 3110 - Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce ethical thinking and concepts regarding health care to prepare the student with the essential vocabulary and thought processes to understand, evaluate and participate in ethical decision making. Students will be introduced to the idea that ethical problems are largely a matter of reason and that progress toward solutions can be gained through an application of normative ethical (philosophical) theory. Prerequisite: COMP 1500. Frequency: Evey Spring, Every Summer I, Every Fall and Every Winter.
HS 4250 - Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the competencies necessary to critically plan, implement and evaluate human service programs. Relevant program evaluation models are reviewed and a primer of quantitative and qualitative research methods is provided. Data collection techniques and the ethics and standards of evaluation practice are also covered. Social and human service trends relevant to program planning are also addressed in order to assist in the development of human service programs to meet future societal needs. Frequency: Every Winter.
HS 4100 - Rehabilitation Principles and Case Management (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to study the progression of rehabilitating individuals with disabilities in our society today. The relationship that exists among the different agencies and entities in the rehabilitation process will be highlighted and emphasized along with factors that facilitate or hinder the collaborative process. Principles and current practices in the process of rehabilitation will be introduced. These may include: the goals and models of case management in rehabilitation, client/consumer interviewing and assessment, planning for appropriate and effective intervention strategies, services, and benefits included in a rehabilitation plan, monitoring & evaluation of client progress, and follow up and closure. Frequency: Every Winter.
RT 4120 - Field Placement in Recreation Therapy (6 credits)
The field experience will be individually arranged and will provide a supervised on-site training experience (560 hours). Students will select their choice of a Community Based Organization (CBO) and will complete their field experience in this site. This experience will provide a hands-on implementation of principles and theory learned as they relate to recreational therapy settings. Students will be supervised by an onsite supervisor who is NCTRC CTRS certified on a weekly basis. Prerequisite: completion of 90 or more credit hours. Frequency: Every Fall and Winter.
Courses can be applied toward other undergraduate majors or minors at NSU and toward elective credit. Courses will also serve to meet requirements for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy. Additionally, successful completion of Concentration Emphasis Areas will be reflected on the student's transcript.
CONCENTRATION COURSES: CHILD LIFE AND DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 2370 - Early Childhood Growth and Development (3 credits)
Students in this course will critically examine theories and research concerning the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development of the typical and atypical child from birth to age eight. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to observe and describe child behavior and to understand the principles and processes that govern growth and development in the early childhood years. Implications of knowledge of child development for parental behavior, professional practices, and social policy will also be considered.
PSYC 2360 - Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
This course will provide an overview of the principles, theories, and research pertaining to the development of the adolescent. Topics include physical, emotional, social, intellectual, moral, and personality development, as well as the importance of the home, school, and community. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H.
PSYC 2300 - Behavior Modification (3 credits)
This course will review behavior modification techniques applied to diverse areas such as mild and severe behavior problems in children and adults, behavior medicine, organizational behavior, sports psychology, and self-management.
RT 3100 - Recreational Therapy Services for Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
This course will address physical, psychological, and social needs of children and adolescents through recreational therapy. The course will also take an in depth look at assessment, treatment, and evaluation considerations when working with children and adolescents. Age-appropriate activities to provide support, pain management, and coping education for medical and therapy procedures will be discussed, as well as activities that involve families to facilitate coping skills for the child and the family.
CONCENTRATION COURSES: ADULT THERAPEUTIC SERVICES
RT 2020 - Introduction to Gerontology for Recreational Therapists (3 credits)
This course will focus on aging, providing evidence-based, comprehensive and holistic knowledge about growing old. In addition, this course will explore practical applications of that knowledge to enhance the vitality of older adults in settings in which recreational therapy is or can be provided. As recreation therapists, your work may primarily be oriented toward older adults. In this course, you will gain knowledge about the factors influencing the health and wellness of older adults, as well as health promotion, an important aspect of health and wellness. Additionally, you will gain an awareness of individual differences and cultural differences that affect aging.
PSYC 2390 - Adulthood and Aging (3 credits)
This course examines the developmental experiences of maturity and addresses the physiological and psychological aspects of aging.
BHS 4110 - Health Care and Aging (3 credits)
This course examines the psychosocial and cultural variations associated with maturing and aging. Topics covered will include an overview of life choices, living wills, and treatment, as well as cultural implications of senior care.
RT 3200 - Recreational Therapy Services for Older Adults (3 credits)
This course will address the physical, psychological, and social needs of older adults through recreational therapy. This course will also take an in depth look at assessment, treatment, and evaluation considerations when working with the older adult population.
CONCENTRATION COURSES: HEALTH AND RECREATION MANAGEMENT
MGT 2050 - Principles of Management (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of management history and theory, schools of management thought, the functions and processes of management, and the environment within which the modern manager operates.
MGT 4170 - Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
The class material will include both theory and practical application of Organizational Behavior in organizations. OB is the study of how individuals and groups impact the behavior within an organization. It is a field of systematic study that focuses on improving productivity and quality, and assisting practitioners to develop methods to empower people as well as to design and implement change programs. We live in a world characterized by rapid change, globalization, and diversity. OB offers insights in these areas while providing guidance for managers in creating an ethically healthy work climate.
HRM 4300 - Managing Workplace Diversity (3 credits)
This course prepares students to manage in the diverse work place. Emphasis is on practical, experiential classroom activities designed to help students understand the range of cultural behaviors and expectations found in the workplace.
RT 3300 - Supervision in a Therapeutic Recreation Setting (3 credits)
This course will examine specific management, supervision, and leadership skills when overseeing therapeutic recreation practice. Operational and program evaluation procedures specific to therapeutic recreation settings will be discussed, including components such as developing quality improvement measures, directing and advising staff, and managing conflicts with clients and staff.
Open Electives (24 credits)
Students can select 24 credits of open electives from any courses, including the following suggested courses:
BHS 3151 - Health Services Management (3 credits)
This course will provide an overview of health care and general management to prepare the student for a managerial role in Health Care administration. Course topics include human resource issues and policy, personnel planning, staffing, development, coaching and training of employees. Prerequisite: COMP 1500. Frequency: Every Summer I and Every Fall.
BHS 3170 - Health Care Delivery Systems (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview and analysis of American health care delivery systems. An understanding of the economical, social, political and professional forces that shape the health care delivery system will be discussed as well as an examination of how the system is organized, how services are delivered, and the mechanisms by which health care services are financed. Prerequisite: COMP 1500. Frequency: Every Winter and Every Summer I.
BHS 3190 - Patient Education in Health Care (3 credits)
Patient education is an integral part of health care in every setting, from patient treatment, to health and wellness promotion, to injury and illness prevention. The focus of this course is to explore the many issues that impact patient education, from both a health care professional and management perspective. Adult education theory, patient/therapist interaction, communication barriers, strategies for success, web-based patient education, documentation, federal laws and initiatives and standards for patient education are some of the topics that will be examined. Prerequisite: COMP 1500. Frequency: Every Winter.
EXSC 3700 - Kinesiology (3 credits)
A study of the anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of the muscle system as it relates to the principles of movement. Students will learn the muscle groups involved with specific movements and the results of the action of particular muscle groups on overall movement. Both normal and impaired movements will be analyzed. Prerequisite: BIOL 3312 or BIOL 3320. Frequency: Every Fall and Winter.
GERO 2030 - Gerontology and the Law (3 credits)
This course covers an overview of critical legal issues affecting the elderly. Topics will include the following: guardianship practice and procedure, alternatives to guardianships, such as durable powers of attorney, trusts, and health care surrogates; government benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; and end of life decision making. Regulations and laws designed to protect the elderly against abuse and fraud are also covered. Prerequisite: GERO 2000. Frequency: Even Year Winter.
PSYC 2010 - Cognitive Processes (3 credits)
This course will provide an introduction to experiments (methods and results) and theory in cognitive psychology. Topics covered will include object recognition, attention, memory, concepts, language, imagery, problem solving and reasoning and the neural bases of cognitive processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or PSYC 1020H. Frequency: Every Fall and Winter.
PSYC 2470 - Grief, Loss, and Bereavement (3 credits)
This course addresses the issues of loss accompanying the death of a loved one and the handling of grief for people of all ages. Sensitizes students to their own feelings about death, describes the rites of passage, and identifies methods of resolution for grief. This course will be beneficial to individuals in their own lives, as well as those who will be involved in counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or 1020H. Frequency: Every Winter.
PSYC 3520 - Principles of Learning (3 credits)
Principles of Learning examines theories and research concerning the basic principles and concepts of learning. Theories of classical and operant conditioning will be explored, in addition to selected theories which explore the interaction between learning, memory and motivation. Additionally, basic neuroanatomy and neurochemistry underlying various learning processes will also be introduced. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or 1020H. Frequency: Even Year Winter.
PSYC 3920 - Sensation Perception (3 credits)
This class will cover the fundamentals of the sensory world, such as taste, touch, vision, hearing and extrasensory phenomenon. Students in sensation and perception will explore the value of each sense in the perceptual world and will be encouraged to consider what life would be like without each sense. Perceptual illusions will be employed in order to encourage students to delve into the neural underpinnings of sensory perception. Through studying the pathways from sensations to perceptions, students will gain an appreciation of the fragility of perceptions. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or 1020H. Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL): Successful completion of this course satisfies 1 ExEL unit. Frequency: Every Winter.