Therapeutic Recreation, B.S.
Mission of the TR Program
Broadly, the Department of Recreation Management and Policy's (RMP) mission is to advance the intellectual and professional development of students, and to promote health, quality of life, and sustainable environments through excellence in teaching, research, and public service. This aspect of our mission encompasses both the program and event management and the therapeutic recreation options.
Further, the central mission of the therapeutic recreation option at UNH is to develop competent RT/TR clinicians for the 21st Century health care. We are committed to ensuring that our students develop not only knowledge, skills, and abilities that ensure competent practice, but also to inculcate our graduates with an ethos of commitment to collaboration, mentoring, and advancement of the profession.
Central Mission of the TR Option: Develop competent RT/TR clinicians for 21st Century Health Care
In so doing, we strive to:
- Prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
- Sustain a network of exemplary clinicians committed to service, mentoring and teaching
- Promote the enculturation of students and alumni in an ethos of working together
Purpose and Goals
The purpose of the Therapeutic Recreation Option within the Recreation Management and Policy department is to prepare students to work in clinical, allied health facilities (e.g. hospitals, rehabilitation centers, mental health programs, and extended care facilities), and community-based recreation programs that serve individuals with disabilities. Consistent with other allied health programs, students’ professional preparation is rooted in an education based on a foundation of liberal arts designed to ensure a practitioner who is capable of critical thinking, communication and an individual with a strong core of central values regarding life, culture, and the communities in which they live.
- Prepare entry-level RT/TR practitioners who possess the requisite KSAs necessary for competent 21st Century health care practice (see website)
- Instill an ethos of leadership, innovation and excellence in the delivery of community-based RT services
- Facilitate students’ ability to conduct superior academic and fieldwork performance on valued RT/TR metrics (e.g. exam performance, treatment planning and execution)
- Successfully promote and infuse the tripartite mission of our institution- teaching, research, and service, into all aspects of our program.
|Core Requirements: (20 credit hours):||RMP 490: Recreation and Leisure in Society
RMP 501: Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities
RMP 557: Program and Event Design
RMP 563(2): Recreation Management and Policy Practicum
RMP 654(2): Professional Development and Ethics
RMP 724: Grantsmanship, Evaluation, and Research (WI)
Clinical Internship: (14-16 credits):
RMP 664B: Internship in Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation Course Requirements: (30 credits):
RMP 500: Therapeutic Recreation Methods in Physical Rehabilitation Settings (1 credit)
|Other Course Requirements for Therapeutic Recreation: (31-33 credits):||PSYC 402: Statistics or equivalent (Quantiative)
BMS 507: Human Anatomy and Physiology (Biological Sciences)
BMS 508: Human Anatomy and Physiology (Biological Sciences)
HDFS 525: Human Development (Social Science)
PSYC 401: Introduction to Psychology (Social Science)
PSYC 561: Abnormal Behavior
KIN 652: Clinical Kinesiology
KIN 653A: Musculoskeletal Assessment (2 credits)
ELECTIVE Elective Course (1-3 credits depending on Internship credits selected)
Standard First Aid and CPR certification also required
*RMP 613 & RMP 615 are required clinical lab courses for students in the TR option. Clinical labs include course-related experiences situated in community-based settings. Clinical lab experiences provide the opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge and skills in two different practice settings over the course of the academic year, under the supervision of a clinical lab supervisor from the RMP Department.
Clinical lab experiences are scheduled in centers that are approved by the RMP Department. Students are responsible for meeting and paying for the Department approved criminal background checks. In addition, students are responsible for transportation to/from off-campus clinical lab sites and other community learning experiences. Proof of immunizations such as poliomyelitis, rubella, and hepatitis B and tuberculin tests may also be required.