Therapeutic recreation is a health care profession that promotes health and quality of life for individuals facing disease and disability.
The treatment and services provided by recreational therapists improve and maintain the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and leisure functioning for those individuals served.
Once you have progressed through entry-level coursework, you will complete three practicum experiences and an internship placement. These experiences will help you develop the skills and confidence necessary for professional practice.
Curriculum is designed to prepare you for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam, to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available with this major.
Recreational therapists who have graduated from Southern Miss are employed in a variety of settings, often in leadership roles.
Recreational therapists may work with individuals in medical centers, behavioral health, community recreation programs, pediatric and geriatric facilities, physical rehabilitation and numerous other settings.
Some examples of where our graduates are currently employed include the City of Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation, the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Behavioral Health.
A study of the significance of play, recreation and leisure in contemporary society and the evolution of organized leisure service programs
Procedures and methods in planning and organizing a comprehensive recreation program
An overview of the therapeutic recreation profession, including historical development, professional competencies and standards, and applications across a variety of settings and populations
Procedures for conducting needs assessments and individualized assessments, and procedures for writing program plans, selecting interventions and documenting client progress
Favorite Course: KIN 351: Inclusive Recreation and Sport for a Diverse Society
Favorite Course: KIN 200: Leisure and Recreation in Society
Favorite Courses: KIN 323: Recreation Leadership and KIN 411: Adaptive Activities and Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.