Therapeutic Recreation, Certificate

Program Design

The Therapeutic Recreation certificate program is designed for persons who seek academic and in-service professional development in the field of therapeutic recreation. This program enables the student to meet standards established in the Public Health Code of the State of Connecticut to work in chronic and convalescent nursing homes and other facilities with nursing supervision.

Therapeutic recreation is a specialized allied health field within the recreation profession. Associated with leisure aspects of medical treatment, therapeutic recreation attempts to physically and socially rehabilitate patients who have chronic physical, psychological and social disabilities. It involves recreation services that give the patient an opportunity to participate in recreational, leisure and group activities specifically designed to aid in the recovery or adjustment to illness, disability or a specific social problem.


Students may enroll in this certificate program full- or part-time and attend classes days or evenings.

Required Courses

Elective Gerontology 3
SSC* 110  
Choose from Mode 1 or
Health and Wellness Principles
ENG* 101 Composition 3
PSY* 111   General Psychology I 3
RLS* 101 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services 3
SSC* 294 Cooperative Education/Work Experience  3
RLS* 121 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services  3
RLS* 122 Process and Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation   3
RLS* 221 Therapeutic Recreation Programming 3
RLS* 223 Leisure and Aging 3
       Total Credits Required: 30

Division of Mathematics, Science and Health Careers

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Therapeutic Recreation certificate program requirements, graduates will

1.      Meet the state health code requirements to hold the position of a therapeutic recreation director in the State of Connecticut.

2.      Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and apply the necessary skills required of a therapeutic recreation director.

3.      Demonstrate the ability to comprehend the needs of individuals with special needs and the positive outcomes of therapeutic recreation intervention.

4.      Demonstrate the ability to successfully assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs for individuals with special needs both in a clinical and community setting.

5.      Have developed leadership, interpersonal and communication skills necessary to work in a health care or community-based setting.

6.      Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with the therapeutic recreation code of ethics.


Source: 2011-2012 Course Catalog

Last Update: November 07 2011
For Additional Information, Contact: Joan Jakiela