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BS/MS in Recreation and Sport Management: Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy, also known as Therapeutic Recreation, is a profession that contributes to the broad spectrum of health care through treatment, education, and the provision of adapted recreational opportunities. These areas are instrumental to improving and maintaining physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning, preventing secondary health conditions, as well as enhancing independent living skills and overall quality of life. The goal of the FIU Recreational Therapy Program is “to prepare competent entry-level recreational therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.” Students learn from faculty members who are all nationally certified and recreational therapists with many years of experience.

Students in the Recreational Therapy Program have the option of earning the BS in Recreational Sports Management: Pre-Recreational Therapy/Adaptive Recreation Track, or applying to the Combined 4+1 BS/MS in Recreation and Sports Management: Recreational Therapy Track. For more information about degree options, consult the Program Flow Chart (screen reader-friendly flow chart here). The BS/MS track can be completed on campus or fully online.

A recreational therapist assists a girl in a motor skill activity.

Career Outlook

  • Recreational therapist in geriatrics (assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, etc.)
  • Recreational therapist in community settings (parks and recreation, adult day programs, adapted sports programs, etc.)
  • Recreational therapist in mental health (psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, etc.)
  • Recreational therapist in physical medicine/rehabilitation
  • Recreational therapist in schools, hospitals or correctional facilities
  • Recreational therapist for veterans' services
  • Private practice