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Bachelor of Science

Online BS in Recreation and Sport Management: Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation Track

College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Overview

Imagine a career in which you help others get better and stay healthy by having them do the things they love to do! Recreational Therapy, also known as Therapeutic Recreation, is a profession that contributes to the broad spectrum of healthcare through treatment, education, and the provision of adapted recreation opportunities. 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, hospice care, community parks and recreation settings and in school systems.

The ultimate goal of the recreational therapy program is to prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

To pursue a career in Recreational Therapy, there are several different academic tracks that students can choose from to further customize their education. Regardless of what program track students choose, everyone must begin in the ‘Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation’ track. Once enrolled, there are various avenues that can be pursued based on a student’s academic and professional aspirations. Learn more about track options.

Take the next step. 

First, enroll in the B.S. in Recreation and Sport Management: Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation Track. Declare your major early, and get started in your Junior year! Once enrolled, students can then choose what direction to go within the program. There are two primary options:

1. Stay and graduate in the Pre-RT/AR Track This degree enables students to work in a variety of settings helping people with disabilities, limitations, illnesses, or youth at risk. The Pre-RT/AR track also offers an opportunity to pick-up a minor OR to complete 18 credits of advised electives (which is an ideal option for people looking to pursue other healthcare related disciplines during graduate school). View program of study.

2. Apply to the Combined BS/MS (4+1) Recreational Therapy Track 
To further your education in the field of Recreational Therapy, become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) AND complete a MS degree in only ONE YEAR then this is the option for you! After completing 75 credits in the Pre-RT/AR track, students who have maintained at least a 3.2 GPA may apply to the Combined BS/MS (4+1) RT track which is the centerpiece of the Recreational Therapy program! Upon acceptance, students will receive a B.S. in Recreation & Sport management after completing the required 120 credits, and will be eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) to become a CTRS. Following only one more year of graduate coursework, students then receive a M.S. in Recreational Therapy!

The bachelor’s portion of this track is offered online and on campus, but students are required to take three graduate level RT courses during the undergraduate program that are only offered online. The Master’s (+1) portion of this RT track is offered completely online.

If students decide that they do not want to pursue the Master’s portion of this track, students can exit the program after graduating with their B.S. in Recreation & Sport Management: Recreational Therapy track and still be eligible to become a CTRS.

Learn more about the application and admission requirements for the Combined BS/MS RT Track. View Program of Study.

Why Apply?

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.

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 will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Recreational therapy
  • Recreational therapy facilitation techniques
  • Program planning in recreational therapy
  • 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).

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.

Courses

Pre-Recreational Therapy/

Adaptive Recreation Track Courses

Prerequisite Supportive Courses

Anatomy and lab++(4)
Physiology++(3)
Human Growth & Dev (3)

++ or combined anatomy and physiology course and lab (4)

Recreational Therapy Courses

* Recommended to take first when in the Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation Track in order to learn more about Recreational Therapy 

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

LEI 4711 -  Client Assessment, Documentation, and Evaluation in Recreational Therapy. An overview of the theory, concepts and techniques used in client assessment, evaluation and documentation for recreational therapy treatment. Prerequisite

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

Recreational Therapy Labs

(Students are required to complete three one-credit lab courses for a total of three (3) credits)

LEI 3723L* - Recreational Therapy Facilitation Techniques and Modalities Lab. Provides an in-depth, "hands-on" experience in the area of RT facilitation technique implementation.

Core Courses

LEI 3001 - Leisure and Recreation in America. 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

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

LEI 3707* - Introduction to Recreational Therapy. History, philosophy, and current principles of recreational therapy processes and application. Emphasis will be given to role of recreational therapy services

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

Required Supportive Courses

HSC 3537 - Medical Terminology. 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. 

CLP 4146 - Abnormal Psychology. 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

Minor/Electives


18 credits required (9 can be upper and 9 can be lower; can include a minor; advisor approved)

Required Internship

LEI 4940: Internship I - 160 hours x two rotations = 320 hours total)

Combined BS/MS Degree

(4+1) Recreational Therapy Track Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Prerequisite Supportive Courses

Anatomy and lab++(4)
Physiology ++ (3)
Human Growth & Dev (3)

++ or combined anatomy and physiology course and lab (4)

Recreational Therapy Courses

* Recommended to take first when in the Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation Track in order to learn more about Recreational Therapy 

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

LEI 4711 -  Client Assessment, Documentation, and Evaluation in Recreational Therapy. An overview of the theory, concepts and techniques used in client assessment, evaluation and documentation for recreational therapy treatment. Prerequisite

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

Recreational Therapy Labs

(Students are required to complete three one-credit lab courses for a total of three (3) credits)

LEI 3723L - Recreational Therapy Facilitation Techniques and Modalities Lab. Provides an in-depth, "hands-on" experience in the area of RT facilitation technique implementation.

Core Courses

LEI 3001 - Leisure and Recreation in America. 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

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

LEI 3707* - Introduction to Recreational Therapy. History, philosophy, and current principles of recreational therapy processes and application. Emphasis will be given to role of recreational therapy services

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

Required Supportive Courses

HSC 3537 - Medical Terminology. 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. 

CLP 4146 - Abnormal Psychology. 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

Required Internships

LEI 4940: Internship I - 160 hours x two rotations = 320 hours total)

LEI 4941: Internship II - 560 hours total w/ CTRS agency supervisor (SUM) completed after LEI 6726, LEI 5716, LEI 6816** & before starting the MS 5th (+1) year

Graduate Courses

Recreational Therapy Courses

LEI 6726** (SP) - Trends, Issues, and Managerial Aspects of Recreational Therapy
LEI 5716** (SP) - Program Planning in Recreational Therapy
LEI 6816** (SP) - Advanced Recreational Therapy Facilitation Techniques
LEI 6725 - Administrative Aspects of Therapeutic Recreation

**Taken in Spring semester of senior year as an undergraduate

Core Courses

LEI 5510 - Program Administration in Parks and Recreation

LEI 5605 Philosophical and Social Bases of Parks and Recreation Planning

EDF 5481 EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research 

EDF 6472 OR approved grad level research (Prerequisite: EDF 5481)

LEI 5907 Directed Study OR LEI 6970 Thesis (3-6 credits)

Electives

3 credits: RT graduate advisor approved

 

 

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

4+1 Combined BS/MS Recreational Therapy Track 

Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation Track

  • 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

Pre-Recreational/Adaptive Recreation Track 
A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited 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
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

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
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

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

Cari E. Autry, PhD, CTRS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Recreational Therapy (RT) Program in the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Arts, Sciences and Education. She is currently the Program Director for the RT Program. She teaches classroom and/or online sections of Inclusive Recreation ServicesIntroduction to RTProgram Planning in RT, Trends, Issues and Managerial Aspects of RT, and Directed Study in RT at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Autry received her Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Special Education from the University of Florida. She has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and at Arizona State University prior to moving to Miami. Her primary research interests include therapeutic recreation, social capital and community development in relation to the needs of at-risk youth and families. Her research has been presented at state, national, and international conferences related to therapeutic recreation education, youth development, homelessness, community development, and social capital. Dr. Autry has published in journals such as the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, World Leisure Journal, Leisure Sciences, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Leisure/Loisir. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.

Tania Santiago-Perez, MS, CTRS is an Instructor in the Recreational Therapy (RT) Program in the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Arts, Sciences and Education.  She earned her B.S in Exercise Physiology and her M.S in Recreation and Sport Management: Recreational Therapy from FIU. She started her professional career at a nonprofit organization working as a Recreation and Sports Coordinator. After getting her M.S. in RT, she started working at an Assisted Living Facility. Then, she went to Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces where she worked as a Recreational Therapist with a variety of populations including children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, children with physical disabilities and/or visual impairments; and veterans. She is a member of ATRA and has presented at the national level at the ATRA annual conference in 2012 and 2014 and at the state level at the FRPA annual conference. Her major areas of interest within RT include Developmental Disabilities, Special Olympics, Aquatics, and Paralympics.

Tonia Zyburt, MS, CTRS is the Internship Coordinator for the Recreational Therapy (RT) Program in the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Arts, Sciences and Education. Prior to moving to Miami, Tonia co-founded a non-profit organization called Warrior Institute in Gainesville, FL. and served as the director since 2011. Warrior Institute provides innovative outdoor based recreation therapy and biofeedback training programs for veterans and their family members. While at WI, Tonia planned and facilitated a variety of programs (including kayak, canoe and hiking outings, multi-day camping trips, a mandala retreat among other programs). During her time in Gainesville, Tonia also worked part-time as a CTRS at Shands Rehab Hospital. Tonia received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Brain, Behavior & Cognitive Science and her master’s degree at East Carolina University in Recreational Therapy Administration. Tonia is also a yoga instructor, most notably having taught at the Gainesville VA as a part of the employee health program. Tonia has also assisted with various adaptive sports clinics across the country, worked as a back-country trip leader and instructed several outdoor recreation college courses. In addition to being the FIU Internship coordinator, she is also instructor for several internship sections and RT lab.

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