Therapeutic Recreation Major

If you strive to help others on a daily basis and want to take part in one of the fastest growing health-related professions, therapeutic recreation is the major for you. You will focus on the use of various leisure activities to improve the quality of life of people with illnesses, disabilities and other limitations. Learn from distinguished faculty members looking to help you excel, and you will be well on your way to a successful career.

Careers in Therapeutic Recreation

  • Therapeutic recreation specialist in health-care facilities such as rehabilitation hospitals and psychiatric centers
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist in long-term care facilities
  • Therapeutic recreation manager
  • Inclusion specialist in community parks and recreation departments or nonprofit agencies

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn how to apply the therapeutic recreation process in a variety of settings to help people with disabilities and other differences achieve well-being
  • Engage in an internship
  • Learn how to assess the needs of clients and deliver customized programming in both clinical and community settings

Special Features

  • You will qualify to sit for the national certification exam to become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist after graduation
  • Graduate program in therapeutic recreation
  • The department is one of the oldest and most highly respected programs in the United States
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty committed to students
  • High employment rate (more than 95 percent) of graduates

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Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with these opportunities such as internships and fieldwork in parks, hospitals, recreation departments and other settings in the U.S. Inclusive Childhood Education and abroad.

Student Clubs and Activities

  • SUNY Cortland Recreation Association
  • Inclusive Recreation Club
  • Outdoor Pursuits

Honor Societies

Rho Phi Lambda

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 2213
Phone: 607-753-4941
Fax: 607-753-5982

Fast Facts

  • SUNY Cortland operates the longest-running and most comprehensive recreation program in New York state.
  • The College historically has been one of only three U.S. colleges or universities with national accreditation in all four of its recreation majors.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 121


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