Therapeutic Recreation

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The Therapeutic Recreation emphasis prepares students for supervisory and leadership positions in various hospital, private and community-based organizations delivering care as recreation therapists to individuals with various disabilities and ability levels.  Recreational therapists work with a variety of individuals requiring health services such as: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatrics, geriatrics, mental and behavioral health, addictions, veterans and developmental disabilities.  Students completing the Therapeutic Recreation emphasis allows them to sit for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Exam.

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  • About Emphasis
  • Career Options

Pittsburg State University is the only Therapeutic Recreation collegiate program in the state of Kansas. The Ability Lab at Pittsburg State University serves as an experiential classroom that helps prepare therapeutic recreation and recreation students for their chosen fields. The lab is equipped with tools to help further the educational experience for therapeutic recreation majors. Equipment includes but not limited to, a custom designed hand-cycle to give therapeutic recreation students hands on experience with operating the cycle and an understanding of specific skills needed in order to ride; goal balls and beeper ball, both sports for individuals with visual impairments; and wheelchairs to provide students opportunities to simulate sports such as wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. Community residents are also welcomed to the lab in order for Therapeutic Recreation students to implement various interventions to gain valuable hands on experience.


Students completing the emphasis area in Therapeutic Recreation will have the knowledge and ability to work in agencies such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Retirement Communities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Community Recreation Departments
  • VA Hospitals
  • Residential Settings
  • Outpatient Services
  • School Systems

About Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) is located in the new Student Recreation Center. The HHPR faculty possess a wide array of specializations. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Exercise Science, Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management, and Physical Education, five minors and certificates in Dance, Coaching, and Hospitality Management, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs. Exercise Science and Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management meet requirements for the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which is a tuition discount program for non-resident students to attend Pittsburg State University. Students who have been selected to receive the MSEP discount will be charged 150 percent of resident tuition rates. Residents from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are eligible.


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