Therapeutic Recreation Assistant A.A.S.

A45770

The therapeutic recreation assistant curriculum prepares individuals to plan, implement, and document therapeutic recreation interventions, according to national standards of practice. The curriculum emphasizes the use of recreation as treatment designed to (re)habilitate a client’s level of functioning and independence.

Coursework includes facilitating adaptive, inclusive and universal activities (ropes courses, creative arts, water sports, etc) and leading or co-leading recreational therapy sessions (social skills, team building, problem solving, leisure education etc.) for people with disabilities and their families.

Graduates should qualify for a LRTA license from the North Carolina Board for Recreational Therapy Licensure. Employment opportunities include group homes, retirement facilities, agencies serving people with developmental disabilities, psychiatric or mental health agencies, and other rehabilitation facilities. Students should consult their advisor for information about course sche d uling.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Develop individualized treatment plans that identify goals, objectives, and treatment intervention strategies
  • Identify activities and activity adaptations that may be included in the individualized treatment plan
  • Apply problem-solving techniques and skills, including the use of logic (GE II.6)
  • Demonstrate mastery of the conventions of writing including grammar, spelling, and mechanics, and mastery of the conventions of speech, including speaking clearly and confidently, using the voice, volume, tone, and articulation appropriate to the audience and occasion (GE I.7)
  • Work effectively and appropriately with others through collaboration and teamwork (GE V.6)

Admission Policy

  1. High school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma.
  2. Completion of College’s admission and testing procedures.

Students may be admitted to the program with placement test scores which indicate a deficiency in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. However, these students will be required to remove these deficiencies by completion of the appropriate developmental, non-credit coursework.

Program Information

Clinical facilities may require students to submit a physical and emotional health form and a criminal background check prior to working with patients or clients. If a clinical facility denies admission to a student for any reason, the student will not be able to complete the program.

General Education

Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology

5

FA, SP, SU
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry

3

FA, SP, SU
ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting

3

FA, SP, SU
PSY 150General Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU

Humanities/Fine Arts

Select 3 SHC from the following

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ART 111Art Appreciation

3

FA, SP, SU
ART 113Art Methods and Materials

3

ART 114Art History Survey I

3

FA, SP
ART 115Art History Survey II

3

SP
ART 116Survey of American Art

3

FA, SP, SU
ART 117Non-Western Art History

3

ART 121Two-Dimensional Design

3

FA, SP
ART 131Drawing I

3

FA, SP, SU
ART 132Drawing II

3

FA, SP, SU
ART 171Computer Art I

3

FA, SP, SU
ART 240Painting I

3

FA, SP
ART 241Painting II

3

SP
ART 244Watercolor

3

SU
ART 260Photography Appreciation

3

ART 261Photography I

3

FA, SP
ART 271Computer Art II

3

FA, SP, SU
ART 281Sculpture I

3

SP
ART 283Ceramics I

3

FA, SP, SU
ART 288Studio

3

FA, SP, SU
ART 289Museum Study

3

SP
COM 140Introduction to Intercultural Communication

3

DRA 111Theatre Application

3

FA, SP, SU
DRA 112Literature of the Theatre

3

FA
DRA 120Voice for Performance

3

SP
DRA 122Oral Interpretation

3

FA, SP
DRA 124Readers Theatre

3

DRA 126Storytelling

3

FA, SP, SU
DRA 128Children's Theatre

3

FA, SP
DRA 130Acting I

3

FA
ENG 125Creative Writing I

3

ENG 231American Literature I

3

FA, SP
ENG 232American Literature II

3

FA, SP
ENG 241British Literature I

3

FA, SU
ENG 242British Literature II

3

FA, SP
ENG 251Western World Literature I

3

FA
ENG 252Western World Literature II

3

SP
ENG 271Contemporary Literature

3

ENG 272Southern Literature

3

ENG 273African-American Literature

3

FA
ENG 274Literature By Women

3

HUM 110Technology and Society

3

HUM 120Cultural Studies

3

HUM 130Myth in Human Culture

3

HUM 160Introduction to Film

3

FA, SP
HUM 230Leadership Development

3

SP
MUS 110Music Appreciation

3

FA, SP
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz

3

MUS 113American Music

3

MUS 210History of Rock Music

3

SP
MUS 211History of Country Music

3

SP
PHI 210History of Philosophy

3

FA, SP
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics

3

FA, SP, SU
REL 110World Religions

3

FA, SP
REL 211Introduction to Old Testament

3

FA, SP
REL 212Introduction to New Testament

3

FA, SP

Major Courses

Core Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
TRE 110Intro to Therapeutic Recreation

3

SP
TRE 111Leisure Education

3

SP
TRE 112Inclusive Programming

3

FA
TRE 120Adapted Activities

2

SP
TRE 171Social Skills Lab

1

SP
TRE 172Team Building Lab

2

FA
TRE 210Therapeutic Recreation Programming

3

FA
TRE 211Therapeutic Recreation Professionalism

3

FA
TRE 220Initiatives/Challenge Course

2

FA
TRE 288TRE Internship III

8

SP

Other Major Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
CIS 110Introduction to Computers

3

FA, SP, SU
MED 120Survey of Medical Terminology

2

FA, SP
PSY 241Developmental Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU
PSY 281Abnormal Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU
TRE 121Creative Expressive Arts I

2

FA
TRE 122Activity Coordinator

4

FA
TRE 170Therapeutic Recreation Psychology Lab

1

FA
TRE 173Community Integration Lab

1

FA
TRE 270Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Lab

1

FA
TRE 271Therapeutic Recreation Geriatrics Lab

1

SP
TRE 282TRE Internship III Supervs

1

SP

Physical Education Elective

(Select 2 SHC from the following courses)

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
PED XXXPick from all PED courses

2

Math competency must be met by satisfactory completion of DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030 or an NC DAP score of 7 or above for DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030 or a combination of the two.

Total Credit Hours: 71

Math competency must be met by satisfactory completion of DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030 or an NC DAP score of 7 or above for DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030 or a combination of the two.