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Bachelor of Science

Online BS in Recreational Therapy

College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Overview

Our fully online B.S. in Recreation and Sports Management offers a concentration in Recreational Therapy, a profession that is part of the broader healthcare spectrum. Recreational therapists help people with disabilities, injuries or illnesses engage with the world again through structured recreational activities such as art, music and sports.

Most recreational therapists are employed by healthcare agencies and work in traditional inpatient hospitals, while many also work in mental health facilities, adult day care programs, assisted living and nursing settings, substance abuse facilities, corrections, hospice care, community parks and recreation settings and in school systems.

Take the next step. 

Our program is recognized for its educational excellence, and our graduates are well prepared to begin an enormously rewarding career. The Florida International University Recreational Therapy Program was the 2011 recipient of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Education Excellence Award.

Students in our online undergraduate program enjoy tremendous student engagement through interactive technology that offers 24/7 access and support, real-time faculty feedback and a personal success coach to provide 1-on-1 guidance.

Why Apply?

Imagine a career in which you help others get better and stay healthy by having them do the things they love to do. You can prepare for a career where you can improve the lives of others through goal-oriented, structured recreation activities.

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association has recognized our program for excellence, so you will be well prepared to work in a variety of community and clinical settings.

Degree Objectives

The FIU Recreational Therapy program theoretical and practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Recreational therapy
  • Recreation therapy facilitation techniques
  • Trends, issues and managerial aspects of recreational therapy
  • Client assessment, document, & evaluation in recreational therapy

Industry Statistics

The demand for recreational therapists is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. This anticipated growth is fueled in part by an aging baby-boomer generation, which will need recreational therapists to help treat age-related injuries and illnesses. Other factors contributing to higher employment is an increase in the need for services for disabled students in the education setting, and a shift toward therapist services in outpatient facilities rather than more costly hospital stays (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment rates within the industry are some of the lowest, compared to other industries. For recent grads, the current unemployment rate is as low as 5.2 percent; 4.5 percent for experienced grads. For treatment services it is even lower: 2.1 for experienced grads, (Georgetown University).

Courses

A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sports Management with a track in Recreational Therapy.

Prerequisites

The following prerequisites may be completed at FIU:

Human Anatomy PET 3325 OR equivalent course
Human Anatomy Lab PET 3325 L OR equivalent course
Human Growth and Development DEP 2000

Major Courses

Semester One

Inclusive Recreation Services LEI 3707
Course is designed to provide Parks and Recreation Management majors with opportunities to enhance knowledge of the characteristics and leisure needs of individuals with disabilities and knowledge of accessibilities issues. 

Introduction to Recreational Therapy LEI 3703
History, philosophy and current principles of recreational therapy processes and application. Emphasis will be given to the role of recreational therapy services.

Leisure and Recreation in America LEI 3001
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of leisure and recreation and their roles in American culture. The class will be structured around a lecture-discussion format.

Principles of Parks, Recreation Management & Sport Management LEI 3542
An exploration of the field of recreation, parks and sport, including career areas, management responsibilities and supervisory levels and principles and theory.

Recreation Therapy Facilitation Techniques Lab LEI 3723
Provides an in-depth, hands-on experience in the area of RT facilitation technique implementation.

Semester Two

Exercise Physiology APK 3110
Immediate physiological responses to exercise and the long-term adaptations that occur as a result of training.
This course is not required if the student has taken BSC 2086 and BSC 2086L.

Liability and Law LEI 3800
Legal issues related to leisure service management including legal foundations, legal liability, land use policy, employment regulations, handicapped services and current issues.

Medical Terminology HSC 3537
Provides the student with basic medical language skills including, pronunciation, spelling, and definitions as a foundation for developing the degree of competency required to read and understand medical reports and communicate with physicians and other medical professionals.

Program Planning in Recreational Therapy LEI 4705
Principles and practices in planning and implementing programs in therapeutic recreation settings. Special emphasis will be placed on a systematic approach through problem-solving techniques.

Recreational Therapy Facilitation Techniques LEI 4724
Designed to provide an in-depth examination of RT facilitation techniques as they are implemented with individuals with various disabling conditions or limitations.

Recreation Therapy Facilitation Techniques Lab LEI 3723
Provides an in-depth, hands-on experience in the area of RT facilitation technique implementation.

Semester Three

Internship I LEI 4940 **
A 320-hour on-the-job training program designed to enable students to develop those competencies that can only be gained from practical experience.

Semester Four

Abnormal Psychology CLP 4146
Various forms of behavior pathology are examined in the light of traditional and current concepts of mental health and illness. Problems of diagnosis and treatment are discussed. The role of social mores is examined. 

Client Assessment, Document & Evaluation in Recreational Therapy LEI 4711
An overview of the theory, concepts and techniques used in client assessment, evaluation and documentation for therapeutic recreation treatment. 

Fundamentals of Pathology HSC4553
Study of human diseases/disorders of the immune, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, central nervous, musculoskeletal, respiratory, urinary/reproductive, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.

Recreation Therapy Facilitation Techniques Lab LEI 3723
Provides an in-depth, hands-on experience in the area of RT facilitation technique implementation.

Trends, Issues and Managerial Aspects of Recreational Therapy LEI 4720
An examination of current issues, trends and professionalization concerns in therapeutic recreation.

Semester Five

Internship II LEI 4941 **
A 560-hour on-the-job training program designed to enable students to develop those competencies that can only be gained from practical experience.

**FIU students are not eligible to complete Recreational Therapy internships in the state of NC due to a new state licensure law passed in August 2015.

FIU still accepts eligible students into the Recreational Therapy program who are residents of NC, but these students must complete their internships in a state outside of NC. 

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.


FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

 In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order to be considered for the B.S. in Recreation and Sports Management - Recreational Therapy Track.

A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale

  • Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution
  • Must meet the following lower division requirements:

          University Core/General Education

          Foreign language

  • Successful completion of 60 credit hours of lower-division coursework or an AA from an accredited Florida public institution.

 

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Note: 

**FIU students are not eligible to complete Recreational Therapy internships in the state of NC due to a new state licensure law passed in August 2015.

FIU still accepts eligible students into the Recreational Therapy program who are residents of NC, but these students must complete their internships in a state outside of NC. 

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Alexis McKenney

Alexis McKenney
Alexis McKenney is an associate professor of recreational therapy at Florida International University. Her primary area of research and scholarship is in the area of character development and leisure. In particular, McKenney's research centers on evaluating the effects of prosocial behavior interventions on children and adolescents with behavior disorders or who are considered to be at-risk. She has presented on and published numerous articles and book chapters on topics that fall within the realm of character development.

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  • Fully online degree
  • Every online undergraduate student is paired with a success coach
  • Program starts: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Current unemployment rate as low as 5.2 percent; 4.5 percent for experienced grads
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