For Prospective Students and Parents

A Checklist for Prospective Therapeutic Recreation Majors

  • Am I a “people person” with a desire to work in a health related field?
  • Do I like to lead and motivate others?
  • Do I enjoy working with individuals and groups of individuals who have
    disabilities or illnesses?
  • Do I value recreation and leisure as a means of improving one’s quality of life?
  • Do I enjoy helping people find their strengths and abilities?
  • Am I flexible and willing to adjust to different work styles?
  • Am I caring, compassionate, playful, and a role model of a healthy leisure lifestyle?
  • Am I interested in becoming a skilled and knowledgeable professional who acts in an ethical and culturally competent manner?

If you answered yes to most of these questions,

You may want to consider a career
In Therapeutic Recreation

Feel free to contact Dr. Patricia Ardovino, CTRS, CPRP, Program Director of Therapeutic Recreation for more information. 2050 Health Science Center, La Crosse, WI 54601, 608-785-8217,

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Advising for Therapeutic Recreation Students

Faculty TR Advisors

We value the student-advisor relationship. Each student has the opportunity to be known by his or her advisor so that course sequencing and career planning are appropriate to each person . TR Faculty advisors encourage students to visit at least once each semester.

  Dr. Patricia Ardovino, CTRS, CPRP
Dr. Jearold Holland
Dr. Stephen Lewis, CTRS
Dr. Susan Boon Murray, CTRS
Dr. Nancy Navar, CTRS

College Advisor

  I assist the student in clarifying transfer credits, off campus courses, grade point issues, and many other technical aspects of advising.

Mr. Guy Herling
608-785- 8653

Disability Resource Services

Advisors in the DRS office collaborate with students with disabilities to identify, reduce, or eliminate barriers in obtaining an education within the most integrated settings possible.

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