Curriculum

Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers two distinct graduate programs. One is designed for students with a bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation and already are eligible to take the certification examination of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC). The other program is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation and need additional course and experiences to qualify for the NCTRC certification examination. The program requires 30-36 credits of graduate-level work.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the graduate curriculum, students without a background in Therapeutic Recreation may have to take undergraduate courses. These may be taken prior to beginning the graduate program or taken at the same time as a student is taking his or her graduate courses. Upon admissions, the Graduate Program Director will determine which undergraduate deficiency courses are required. Undergraduate courses for the Masters degree program in Therapeutic Recreation are:

  ESS 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3 credits
MTH 145 Elementary Statistics 4 credits
PSY 212 Life Span Development 3 credits
PSY 204 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits

Required Courses

The following courses are required of all graduate students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation

  REC 701 Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Play, and Recreation 3 credits
REC 711 Management of Leisure Services Organizations 3 credits
REC 720 Research Methods for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure 3 credits
RTH 593 Therapeutic Recreation Trends and Issues 3 credits
RTH 730 Advanced Clinic Aspects in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits

Additionally students without a Therapeutic Recreation background must also take the following courses:

  RTH 702 Foundations in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits
RTH 556 Program Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits
RTH 570 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits
RTH 576 Assessment and Treatment Planning in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits
RTH 580 Leisure Education 3 credits
RTH 700 Internship in Therapeutic Recreation* 6 credits

*all students who did not complete a therapeutic recreation internship as
an undergraduate must complete an internship as a graduate student.

Graduate Program Options: Thesis, Project, or Internship

Every graduate student must culminate his or her program with one of the following:

  Option A - Thesis Credits
REC 799 Research: Master’s Thesis 6
   
Option B - Graduate Project Credits
REC 761 Graduate Project in Recreation 3-6
   
Option C - Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination brings together various elements pertaining to the student's course of study.



Sample Schedule for Therapeutic Recreation graduate students without a degree/background in Therapeutic Recreation
Fall Semester Spring Semester  
RTH 702 3   REC 711 3 cr
REC 701 3 cr RTH 556 3 cr
REC 720 3 cr   RTH 570 3 cr
MTH 145 4 cr PSY 212 3 cr
PSY 204 3 cr   audit RTH 496  
         
Fall Semester     Spring Semester  
RTH 576 3 cr   RTH 700 6cr
RTH 580 3 cr      
RTH 593 3 cr      
RTH 730 3 cr      
ESS 205 3 cr      
Comp. Exam if selected as culminating project
       

Sample Schedule for Therapeutic Recreation students with a background in Therapeutic Recreation
(all prerequisites needed)
Fall Semester Spring Semester  
REC 701 3 cr   REC 711 3 cr
REC 720 3 cr RTH 593 3 cr
RTH 730 3 cr RTH 580 3 cr.
Elective 3 cr   Elective 3 cr
         
Fall Semester        
REC 799 Thesis 6 cr      
or        
REC 761 Graduate Project 3-6 cr      
or        
Comprehensive Exam