Recreation Therapy (RT) Concentration



Jamie Hoffman
Dr. Jamie Hoffman, CTRS
Associate Professor
Erik Luvaas
Mr. Erik Luvaas,
Assistant Professor
Arlene Krause
Mrs. Arlene Krause, CTRS
Lindsay Dao
Ms. Lindsay Dao, CTRS


Ms. Jenn Wilson, CTRS
Ms. Alivia Gok, CTRS
Ms. Chelsea Harris, CTRS

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 functions, preventing secondary health conditions, enhancing independent living skills, and improving the 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.

Interesting in being a Recreation Therapist? Check out the Recreational Therapy Channel on YouTube.

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Recreation Therapy Faculty

The RT faculty have grown Sacramento State's Recreation Therapy program into one of the largest
on the west coast. Sac State's RT faculty have a broad range of both clinical and non-clinical professional
experiences that enhance classroom teaching and provide students with future career contacts. 

For faculty emails and office hours, please use the "Contact Us" tab above.

Pre-Internship & Internship

This Concentration requires 600 pre-internship volunteer hours, and a 560 hour (14-units of RPTA 195D) internship so that students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Both have several conditions. Please see the Internship link under the Recreation Therapy tab above for requirements and details.

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

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

To sit for the CTRS exam, students must graduate with a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science from a nationally accredited program in Recreation Administration (Recreation Therapy Concentration). RPTA's program provides the required degree at both the Bachelor's and Master's levels. 


Recreation Therapy students are advised by either Dr. Hoffman or Mr. Luvaas. Students are assigned an advisor upon declaring the major in the RPTA Main Office (4000 Solano Hall) or during Orientation for new students. 

Scholarship information for RT students can be found on the Scholarships link under Student Resources. 

Declaring the Major

To declare the major, visit the Advising link under the Recreation Therapy (RT) tab.

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