Find Your WHY in Therapeutic Recreation at UWL

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Current Students

Prospective Students 

Dual Degree Info

The dual degree program provides students with a more efficient path towards completion of their master’s degree. This dual degree program will allow students to complete a bachelors and a master’s degree (+1) in less time in the therapeutic recreation program and to be eligible to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist™. 


Learn more about the requirements and see a sample degree plan HERE.

To view the UWL TR Graduate Program Guide (aka The Compass) click HERE. 

About TR at UWL

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) assist persons with disabilities or illnesses to improve their functioning and quality of life. This is achieved through the development of a meaningful leisure lifestyle. Comprehensive therapeutic recreation services include an approach based on the needs, interests, abilities, and strengths of clients.

All undergraduates from our COAPRT Accredited Program are eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Exam to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.    


Becoming a CTRS


All students students graduating from UWL's Therapeutic Recreation programs (Undergraduate, Dual-Degree Graduates, and Traditional Masters) will be eligible to sit for the NCTRC exam to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.  To learn more about becoming certified, click HERE to check out NCTRC's website on "How to Become a CTRS."  

Info About Licensure

If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Wisconsin after completion of this program, you should refer to the Professional Licensure Disclosure website and contact the other state's appropriate licensing board to determine whether the UWL program meets licensure requirements in the state. 

Click HERE to learn more about Certification and Lincensure from ATRA.

Schedule a Visit!

Follow this LINK to learn more about, and schedule, any of the following: 

  • Admissions information session & walking tour of campus 
  • Senior Snapshot& walking tour of campus
  • One-on-one appointment with and admissions counselor
  • Curbside campus visit 
  • Virtual admissions individual appointment 
  • Virtual tour of campus 
Therapeutic Recreation Internship

All Therapeutic Recreation majors complete a 15-week or 600 hour internship under the direct supervision of an actively Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) as the agency supervisor and an actively certified university supervisor who is a CTRS. This capstone field placement occurs after all major coursework is completed and is a sitting requirement for the national certification examination to become a recreational therapist.

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