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.