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Northwest Missouri State University

B.S. Therapeutic Recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation degree program prepares students for a career working with individuals with disabilities or other potentially limiting conditions. Professionals working in this field work to improve both the functional abilities and the quality of life for those they serve through the assessment, prescription and delivery of specialized activities, exercises and experiences.

Four Year Plan

View the suggested four year plan View PDFfor Therapeutic Recreation

Advanced Standing Requirements

The student must also complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better.

45-240 Foundation of Recreation 3 hours
45-245 Leisure Services and Special Populations 3 hours

Field Experience

Field experience is an opportunity to gain practical experience in specific recreation and park management, therapeutic recreation or corporate recreation and wellness programs. The experience must be supervised by a recreation professional and University supervisor and should include a minimum of 200 hours of hands-on experience over a 10 week period.


An internship is a gradual induction to professional recreation through a progression of experiences. The practical experience should include a minimum of 480 hours of hands-on experience over a 12-16 week period. The experience will be directed and supervised by a recreation professional and a University internship supervisor. Settings for internships may include municipal or community recreation and/or park department, social service agencies, hospitals, fitness facilities, assisted living and others