Recreation Therapy Certificate

USF Recreational Sport ManagementRecreation therapists help people improve function through the activities they love. As a health care profession, recreation therapy provides career opportunities to serve people with disabling conditions through a variety of leisure activities, by maximizing their opportunities to participate in their communities and thus impacting their overall quality of life.


Who can benefit from USF’s undergraduate certificate in recreation therapy?

  • Practicing professionals pursuing national certification, but are in need of specific content coursework
  • Recreation therapy practitioners in need of continuing education
  • Individuals with degrees in related fields who seek to become nationally certified in recreation therapy/therapeutic recreation


A Pathway to Certification

The USF Certificate Program in Recreation Therapy offers an avenue for working professionals to pursue the national Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential. The program offers therapeutic recreation content coursework which, in combination with a bachelor or higher degree, related coursework, and practical experience, meets the eligibility requirements to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification CTRS exam. 



The online, undergraduate certificate program in Recreation Therapy is an accelerated program which can be completed in one year. The program includes five 8-week courses (3 credit hours each) and one 50 contact hour clinical field experience course (2 credit hours). Courses are designed around the content knowledge areas required for national certification.

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