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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 pursuing one of two tracks: 

For more information about degree options, consult the Program Flow Chart (screen reader-friendly flow chart here). Both tracks can be completed on campus or online.

A student learns to ride a hand cycle through a recreational therapy program at Tamiami Park, 2017

Career Outlook

Recreational therapists may work in:

  • Adult day training services
  • Geriatrics, such as assisted living facilities
  • Community settings — parks and recreation, adult day programs, adapted sports programs and more
  • Mental health
  • Schools, hospitals or correctional facilities
  • Veterans' services
  • Private practice