Recreation Management and Policy Major: Therapeutic Recreation Option (B.S.)

Therapeutic recreation utilizes recreation to assist people with disabilities or illnesses to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance health, independence, and well-being. Therapeutic recreation recognizes the importance of quality of life and uses activities to remediate or rehabilitate functional abilities. Therapeutic recreation services are provided in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, residential treatment facilities, schools, home health care, community recreation, correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, camp and outdoor education centers, and adult day programs. Observation and applied experience is a component of several courses. Students complete a 14-16-week full-time clinical internship under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). The Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook reports the "employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom generation ages, they will need recreational therapists to help treat age-related injuries and illnesses, such as strokes. Recreational therapists will also be needed to help patients manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity (Bureau of Labor Statistics). A CNN Money report identifies recreation therapy among the top ten "best jobs for saving the world." In particular, they note the profession's high benefit to society and high personal job satisfaction (CNN Money Magazine).

Upon successful completion of this option, students are prepared to meet sitting requirements for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Examination. Students/graduates who pass the NCTRC exam and attain the CTRS are eligible to seek licensure to practice in the state of New Hampshire.

Students may be required to submit to a criminal background check.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

All majors must complete a core curriculum of seven courses.

Core Requirements
RMP 490Recreation & Tourism in Society 14
RMP 501Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice for Recreation Services4
RMP 557Program and Event Design4
RMP 563Recreation Management and Policy Practicum2
RMP 654Professional Development and Ethics2
RMP 724Research, Evaluation, and Data-Driven Decisions4
RMP 764Internship 28-12

RMP majors cannot count RMP 490 Recreation & Tourism in Society toward the University Social Sciences requirement.


All RMP students must complete an 8 or 12 credit hour internship.

Therapeutic Recreation Option Requirements

RMP 500Therapeutic Recreation Methods in Physical Rehabilitation Settings1
RMP 502Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation4
RMP 503Therapeutic Recreation Rehabilitation Principles & Interventions4
RMP 504Therapeutic Recreation Mental Health Principles and Interventions4
RMP 505Therapeutic Recreation: Aging Services Principles & Interventions4
RMP 612Therapeutic Communication and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation4
RMP 613Interventions and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation3
RMP 614Assessment and Treatment Planning in Therapeutic Recreation4
RMP 615Clinical Lab in Therapeutic Recreation2
RMP 663Management and Finance in the Experience Industry4
TR Elective: Select one of the following 34
Adaptive Sport Facilitation for Recreation Therapy and Related Professions
Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery in Community Settings
Required Support Courses
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
HDFS 525Human Development4
PSYC 561Psychopathology4
Statistics - Select one of the following:4
Statistics in Psychology
Total Credits92-94

Or other TR related courses as approved by Academic Advisor.

Professional Internship

A supervised internship RMP 764 is required of all majors and serves as their major capstone requirement. The internship is designed to create a bridge between theory and practical application. Students, working with their advisers and the internship coordinator, select an appropriate setting based on their professional and career interests. They must register for an 8 or 12 credit full-time internship that ranges from 14 to 16 weeks and is under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Specific requirements are identified in the Internship Manual available from the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.

  • Students will integrate an understanding of history, service models, theory/philosophy, ethics, credentials, professional conduct, evidence-based practice and professional development with Recreational Therapy (RT) practice.
  • Students will develop competence to individually screen, assess and systematically collect comprehensive and accurate data about patients/clients in an efficient and effective manner and to analyze the data collected to determine the course of actions subsequent to an individualized treatment/program plan.
  • Students will develop competence in the planning and development of individualized treatment plans that identify functional outcome goals, modalities, facilitation techniques and interventions based on assessment data collected and evidence regarding the diagnosis and treatment of specific medical, psychiatric and other disabling conditions.
  • Students will know how to use structured, systematic and evidence-based treatment interventions and facilitation techniques to improve patient/client functioning and independence in life activities.
  • Students will develop competence to implement the individualized treatment/program plan using appropriate evidence-based treatment interventions and programs to restore, remediate, or rehabilitate patient/client functioning as well as to reduce or eliminate the limitations to participation in life activities resulting from medical, psychiatric or other disabling conditions.
  • Students will acquire specific modality/skills and facilitation techniques used as treatment interventions in Recreational Therapy practice.
  • Students will systematically conduct evaluation and research to determine the effectiveness of treatment interventions and programs used to reach patient/client outcomes.
  • Students will develop the competencies to manage a Recreational Therapy practice, department, and staff.
  • Students will develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, growth/development, psychology, functioning in life activities and an understanding of health care services to serve as a foundation for Recreational Therapy practice.
  • Students will develop entry-level clinical proficiency and professional behavior through field-based clinical opportunities in accordance with professional standards of practice in Recreational Therapy