Therapeutic recreation is a specialized allied health field within the recreation profession. Through the use of education and recreational activities and services, the practice of therapeutic recreation helps individuals with an illness or disability regain their independence and improve their physical, emotional and social functioning and well-being.
CT State Manchester offers both a certificate program and a two-year associate degree program in therapeutic recreation. Graduates of both programs are trained to enable patients to participate in recreational, leisure and group activities specifically designed to aid in the recovery or adjustment to illness or disability.
The certificate program prepares students to meet the standards established in the Public Health Code for the State of Connecticut to work in convalescent nursing homes and other facilities with nursing supervision. The associate degree program is for students pursuing a career as a therapeutic recreation director or supervisor in a long-term care facility or students who wish to transfer into a baccalaureate program to continue their education. Recreational Therapists practice in clinical, residential and community settings.
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