Help people improve their well-being through recreation!

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Inspire and Build!

Recreational Therapy is one of the fastest growing allied health-related professions in the United States. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) serve individuals with disabilities (physical, mental, intellectual, etc.). They use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and games; aquatics; and community outings to help maintain or improve a patient's physical, social, and emotional well-being.

They also serve at-risk children, youth, and/or senior citizens in both institutional and community settings. Other settings could include hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, wilderness programs, community centers, and senior centers.

As a student in the Therapeutic Recreation major, I am able to put my passions into a career. Rec Therapy also gave me the drive to look outside of school for ways to further my education. The professors take an active approach outside of the classroom to further your individual development.

Pen B.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Healthcare Administration have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Recreational/Expressive Therapist

Responsible for planning and implementing therapeutic services for assigned programs, which involves defining and implementing treatment goals as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and providing continuous care, observation, interaction, and role modeling to patients.

Adaptive Specialists

Serve people with disabilities in their surrounding communities by helping build adaptive and inclusive recreation programming. The position may require programming; seeking funding; building partnerships; establishing a volunteer base; and developing, implementing, and evaluating adapted recreation and sports programs.

Activity Director

Develop, modify, evaluate, and implement activity programs that address and improve the social needs and interests of the population their facility will serve.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 39 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Healthcare Administration is right for you, take the following classes first:

  • RM 100—Recreation Management Orientation
  • RM 123–Basic Skills


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