School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Therapeutic Recreation - BS concentration - Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources

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Accreditation by COAPRT

Accredited by Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions. COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality.

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This career ready concentration teaches students how to use activities as therapeutic tools toward a renewed quality of life for people with disabilities across the lifespan.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources concentration in Therapeutic Recreation coursework together with an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), prepares graduating seniors to sit for the national exam sponsored by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. The concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates find employment in local, state, and federal recreation settings; senior and adult health care; non-profit organizations; and educational and clinical institutions.

Degree Requirements

Mason Core Requirements (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3) Must take STAT 250
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)Must take PSYC 100
  • Global understanding (3)
  • Natural science (8) Must take BIOL 124 and BIOL 125
  • Synthesis/Capstone (12) met by PRLS 490, a program requirement

Professional Sequence (71 credits)

Electives (11 credits)

Choose an additional 11 credits from the university catalog including Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness Courses (RECR) that promote health and wellness, ATEP 201 or a minor in Psychology.

Total: 120 credits

Many Therapeutic Recreation students have applied their elective credits toward completion of a George Mason University a certificate or minor as a complement to their major area of study. Either can further enhance a student's expertise in specialized areas and may make them even more marketable upon graduation.