College of Health
Begin required prerequisite courses:
- PSY 1010 - General Psychology
- BIOL 1210 - General Biology
- Complete AI, WR2, & QA requirements in the first year
- Familiarize yourself with Canvas
Find classes that fulfill U graduation & RT requirements:
- H EDU 5300 - Diversity & Health
- ANTH 4110 - Women Cross Culturally
- FSC 3770 - Parenting Across Cultures
Enhance knowledge of specific populations, groups, or disabilities:
- CSD 4100 - Understanding Children with Autism and their Families
- PSY 3700 - Drugs & Behavior
- H EDU 5350 - Eating Disorders: Prevention & Treatment
- PRT 5730 - Program for Positive Youth Development
- Finish RT courses
- Meet with your advisor to ensure you're on track for graduation
- Find & complete an RT internship
- Take on a leadership role in RTSA
- Participate in an Alternative Spring/Fall Break
- Volunteer with an agency that supports individuals with disabilities like Salt Lake County Adaptive Recreation, the Special Olympics, group homes, care centers, U-Fit, Wasatch Adaptive Sports, or South Davis Community Hospital
- Check out the U events calendar to find events that interest you
- Organize a service project
- Cheer for one of the U of U sport teams
Knowledge & Skills
- Join the RT research lab
- Consider adding a minor focused on your intended practice area
- Evaluate your interests to better determine the population or conditions you would like to explore
- Develop your communication skills by taking a COMM course
- Seek clinical experiences to advance your career goals
- Actively participate in RT clinical rotations
- Think about your future practice area & visit potential RT Internship sites
- Explore diversity experiences at the U at www.utah.edu/diversity
- Explore career options & visit the Career & Professional Development Center
- Attend a seminar hosted by U Health Office of Health Equity & Inclusion
- Join the URTA
- Map out your academic plan
- Complete a community service project
- Form professional relationships with individuals at your internship site
- Learn how to develop your resume
- Practice interviewing skills with a Career Coach
- Explore internship opportunities
- Find a part-time job to build your professional skills
- Network at your clinical rotation sites
- Use career events (Career Fairs/Meet & Eats) & resources (Handshake/Forever Utah) to get connected
Start Your Career Journey
Find support at the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC)
About the Major
The RT program at the U addresses all the requirements for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and prepares you for the exam. Coursework covers knowledge of the body and its systems, health, psychology, recreational therapy assessment, and interventions and techniques for working with individuals with a variety of conditions. In addition to coursework, you'll gain first-hand clinical experience with four condition-specific clinical rotations culminating in a 14-week internship. You will acquire the theoretical and practical skills necessary for a career in recreational therapy and be able to support clients in developing skills, knowledge, and behaviors to promote overall well-being and life satisfaction.
- Explain health conditions common to clients receiving recreational therapy services, including those that impact cognitive, physical, sensory, and/or psychological functioning.
- Accurately assess client treatment needs using various assessment procedures and instruments relevant to recreational therapy practice.
- Design and facilitate individual and group treatments that meet the assessed needs of clients using evidence-based recreation and leisure interventions.
- Communicate treatment outcomes both orally and in writing.
- Create written reports justifying staff, programs, and quality assurance/improvement initiatives in recreational therapy using outcome data and research evidence.
- Discuss the professional role of recreational therapists and the requirements for gaining and maintaining credentialing as a recreational therapist.
Plan & Prepare
At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.