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Recreational Therapy

The Recreational Therapy program at Sac State is the oldest in California, having begun in 1953. Starting in Fall 2020, the Recreational Therapy program became the first in the CSU to be administered as a stand-alone major, as opposed to a concentration, making your degree a B.S in Recreational Therapy.

Bachelor of Science

The BS in Recreational Therapy focuses on recreation services for individuals who are ill, disabled, elderly, or incarcerated. It can be applied in clinical, transitional, and community based settings. Emphasis is on therapeutic recreation as it applies to children and adults who are physically, mentally, socially, and/or emotionally challenged.

Certified Recreational Therapy Specialist (CTRS)

Recreational Therapists must be certified by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreational Certification (NCTRC) in order to practice. The RT curriculum at Sacramento State prepares students to take the exam immediately after graduation. No additional preparation or requirements are necessary.

Please speak with an RT major advsior regarding certification.

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