The field of recreational therapy is moving towards a master’s level entry (much like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology recently have). The creation of a dual degree program will provide students with a more efficient path towards completion of their master’s degree. This dual degree program will allow students to complete a bachelor's and a master’s degree (+1) in less time in the recreational therapy program and to be eligible to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist™.
Admission to the program
To be considered for admission to the dual degree program, the student must:
- Be a current recreational therapy student who has been accepted into the program and has completed at least 75 undergraduate credits.
- Have completed or is concurrently taking RTH 229, RTH 319, RTH 352, PSY 204, ESS 205 (or BIO 312).
- Have a minimum cumulative UWL GPA of 3.2 to apply.
Further selection is based on the following criteria:
- Cumulative UWL GPA
- Pre-professional experience
- 250 word essay explaining why the applicant wants to pursue a degree in recreational therapy
Bachelor of Science
- All courses required in the Recreational Therapy Program during the undergraduate portion of the dual degree program must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" or better with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a scale of 4.0.
- All program and university requirements must be met (120 credits total).
Master of Science
- A total of at least 30 credits of graduate level courses that must be competed with a "B" or better (3.0/4.0) in each course. This includes the courses taken during the undergraduate period: RTH 556, RTH 570, and RTH 592. These credits will count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale in all graduate courses is required for graduation from graduate school.
(College of Science and Health)
86-87 credits, excluding general education credits
|Code ||Title ||Credits |
|Biology for the Informed Citizen|
|Microbes and Society|
|PSY 100||General Psychology||3|
|Code ||Title ||Credits |
|PSY 204||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSY 212||Lifespan Development||3|
|ESS 205||Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I||3|
|or BIO 312|| Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
|REC 150||Leisure, Quality of Life, and Well Being||3|
|RTH 229||Diagnostic Groups in Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 250||Introduction to Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 319||Recreational Therapy Management and Special Event Planning||3|
|RTH 352||Modality Preceptorship in Recreational Therapy I||3|
|RTH 355||Medical Language and Digital Competencies for Allied Health Professionals||3|
|RTH 376||Assessment and Treatment Planning in Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 452||Modality Preceptorship in Recreational Therapy II||3|
|RTH 493||Advancing the Recreational Therapy Profession||3|
|RTH 494||Research Methods and Program Evaluation in Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 496||Fieldwork Preparation in Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 498||Internship in Recreational Therapy||12|
|Therapeutic Recreation and Corrections|
|Animal Assisted Therapy|
|Recreational Therapy and Adaptive Sports|
|Recreational Therapy for Youth and Adolescents|
|Nature and Forest Therapy|
|Recreational Therapy and Mental Health|
|Recreational Therapy for Physical Disabilities|
|Recreational Therapy for Older Adults|
|Workshop in Recreational Therapy|
|Independent Study in Recreational Therapy|
|Special Projects in Recreational Therapy|
|RTH 556||Program Design and Administration of Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 570||Recreational Therapy Processes and Facilitation Techniques||3|
|RTH 592||Clinical Education Experience in Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 701||Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Play and Recreation||3|
|RTH 720||Research Methods for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure||3|
|RTH 730||Advanced Clinical Aspects in Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 740||Evidence-Based Practice in Recreational Therapy||3|
|RTH 750||Authentic Leadership and Clinical Supervision in Recreational Therapy||3|
|REC 761||Graduate Project in Recreation||3|
Internship in senior year:
RTH 498 Internship in Recreational Therapy will be taken for 12 credits while the student is an undergraduate. To be admitted to RTH 498, students must achieve a 2.5 cumulative and major GPA and have successfully completed all program course work. The internship will be in either the Spring or Summer term of the student's senior year.
After RTH 498 Internship in Recreational Therapy is completed, the student will graduate with their Bachelor of Science with a major in recreational therapy.
Master of Science curriculum
Total for M.S. = 30 credits, including the nine credits of graduate courses (RTH 556, RTH 592, and RTH 570) taken during the undergraduate years
For complete details regarding application procedures, contact the Recreational Therapy Program Director in the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation.
All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for therapeutic recreation majors), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
- At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.
The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level.
Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.
This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.
This major is exempt from the CSH College Core requirement.
|REC 150 (Gen Ed Health & Well-Being)||3||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3|| |
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3||PSY 212||3|| |
|PSY 100 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3||ESS 205||3|| |
|BIO 100, 105, or MIC 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)||4||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|| |
|FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)||3||Gen Ed Math||3|| |
| ||16|| ||15|| || |
|RTH 250||3||RTH 319||3|| |
|RTH 229||3||RTH 355||3|| |
|PSY 204||3||Gen Ed Math/Language/Logical Systems||3-4|| |
|Gen Ed Arts ||2-3||University Elective||1|| |
|Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3||Gen Ed Humanistic Studies||3|| |
|University Elective||2||Gen Ed World History ||3|| |
| ||16|| ||16|| || |
|University Elective||3||RTH 570||3|| |
|RTH 376||3||RTH 452||3|| |
|RTH 352||3||RTH 556||3|| |
|Gen Ed Global Studies||3||RTH 496||3|| |
|University Elective||3||University Elective||3|| |
|Apply to RT Dual Degree Program2|| || || |
|Apply for "special non-degree graduate student status" for spring semester|| || || |
| ||15|| ||15|| || |
|RTH 493||3||RTH 498||12-16|| |
|RTH 494||3|| || |
|RTH 592||3|| || |
|RTH Elective||3|| || |
|University Elective||3|| || |
|Apply for "full graduate status" for next fall|| || || |
| ||15|| ||12|| || |
|RTH 701||3||RTH 720||3||REC 761||3|
|RTH 740||3||RTH 730||3|| |
|RTH 750||3||RTH Elective||3|| |
| ||9|| ||9|| ||3|
|Total Credits: 141|