Do you enjoy having fun while making a difference in the lives of others? Are you compassionate and patient? Do you possess, or have the desire to develop flexibility skills necessary to work with patients of various medical backgrounds? If so, therapeutic recreation may be a career option for you.
This emerging field involves work with the elderly and those who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged. Therapeutic recreation provides patients the opportunity to meet prescribed treatment goals using various recreational activities and skills.
During your tenure at Alderson Broaddus University you will have the opportunity to shadow a certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and obtain valuable "hands-on" experience. This educational opportunity affords you the opportunity to see and participate in patient interaction. Student participation in a swimming class for mentally challenged grade school children provides a most unique learning experience. Similar field experiences are provided through most classes within the therapeutic recreation major.
The Alderson Broaddus University campus provides students with many opportunities for practice and development of administrative and communication skills through student government, social and service clubs, forensics team, campus radio station, musical groups, drama and student publications.
A 12 week clinical internship is required following completion of course work. During the internship, classroom, communication, social and field experiences are enhanced. Upon successful completion of all requirements, students are awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation allowing participation for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Examination.
Career opportunities are available in hospitals, clinics, substance abuse centers and rehabilitation centers.