RT Degrees

How do I become a Recreational Therapist (CTRS)?

1.Earn a Bachelor or higher degree with a specialization/concentration/major/minor in Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Therapy  from an accredited college or university that includes the following coursework:

  • 1 course (3 hours) in Recreation
  • 6 courses (18 hours) in RT/TR
  • 1 course (3 hours) in Anatomy & Physiology (or a course in Anatomy + a course in physiology)
  • 1 course (3 hours) in Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan
  • 1 course (3 hours) in Abnormal Psychology

2. Complete a 560 hour & 14 consecutive week academic internship under the supervision of a CTRS at the internship site and at the academic institution. The site supervisor must have the CTRS credential for a minimum of 1 year before supervising interns.

3. Pass the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) exam from NCTRC.

Are academic programs accredited (In addition to University Accreditation)?

Bachelor level RT programs can be but are not required to be accredited by the following organizations:
Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE)
Council on Accreditation Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)
Graduate level RT degrees are not accredited at the program level. Graduating from an accredited program is not required to become qualified to sit for the CTRS exam.

Looking for a Recreation Therapy academic program?
Aurora University– BS
Chicago State University– BS
Eastern Illinois University– BS
Illinois State University– BS
Moraine Valley Community College– AAS
Southern Illinois University– BS, Facebook
University of St. Francis– BS & Certificate
Western Illinois University– BS

Interested in therapeutic outdoor camps or adventure therapy?
Southern Illinois University– BS, Facebook
University of St. Francis– BS in adventure therapy
Western Illinois University– BS