AAS: Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation is a specialized area of Human Services.

Students completing this degree will be prepared to apply recreation and experiential activities that assist in maintaining or improving the health status, functional capacities, and ultimately the quality of life for people with disabilities, chemical dependencies, offenders, the aged and others. Therapeutic Recreation has joined other adjunct therapies as a nationally recognized profession in the Allied Health and Human Services fields. Students completing the AAS degree may apply to the Consortium for Therapeutic Recreation Activities Certification (CTRAC) as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Associate (TRA/TXC).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives a snapshot of the outlook for the Recreational Therapist:

The salary range for a Recreational Therapist with a four year degree range from $38,000-65,000 with options for employment providing therapeutic recreation services for individuals with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities or who may have a mental health diagnosis in a variety of settings including long term care, military recreation, skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric hospitals and in the community.