Recreation Therapy

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Welcome to RT! In the Recreation Therapy Concentration, students take courses that provide them with the skills necessary to work within a broad spectrum of health care by improving and maintaining physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning, preventing secondary health conditions, enhancing independent living skills, and overall quality of life. Recreation Therapy uses treatment (recreational therapy-RT, education and recreational opportunities to achieve its goals. RT uses a variety of interventions to treat physical, social, cognitive and emotional conditions associated with illness, injury or chronic disability. Professionals with this degree can work in public settings (e.g., city park and recreation departments); private-clinical settings (e.g., for-profit hospitals and clinics with people who may be recovering from a stroke or an acquired disability as a result of an accident); and non-profit settings (e.g., community-based non-profits which match people with and without disabilities for boating trips in the San Francisco Bay). Students in this concentration take courses in Recreation Therapy principles and practices, Recreation Therapy and Persons with Emotional Cognitive Disabilities, and Recreation Therapy and Gerontology.

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This Concentration requires 600 hours of pre-internship and a 560 hour internship (note that this is different from the Recreation and Park Management Concentration). Students in Recreation Therapy must carefully choose their internship sites with their advisor's advice in order to meet certification requirements. Opportunities exist to work with children, the elderly or other special populations without access to traditional recreation outlets. There are group advising sessions for Recreation Therapy (RT) students each semester.  For a detailed list of agencies contracted with Sac State, click here. RT interns interested only in CA state certification, click here.  (Please be advised that for national certification through NCTRC, you need to ensure that your supervisor is a CTRS). 

RT Advising Information

For more information on the Recreation Therapy Certification, please visit the websites below.

  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification:
  • California Board of Recreation and Park Certification, Inc.:

Prior to meeting with your faculty advisor, please refer to the following forms.
Advising Information
RT Advising Worksheet
RT Supportive Coursework


For more information on Recreation Therapy, please contact Dr. Jamie Hoffman or Dr. Lisa Jorgensen.

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