About this Program

The Bachelor of Science degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies with a
concentration in Recreational Therapy prepares students for careers as recreational therapists in health and human service settings such as hospitals, geriatric care facilities, and community-based organizations. The degree meets all of the professional certification requirements of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for students to become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).

Program Highlights

  • Students apply course concepts and gain practical skills through their participation in the various structured hands-on and service learning opportunities embedded within the Recreational Therapy curriculum. Students engage with youth in the Mighty Monarchs wheelchair sports program, facilitate a senior wellness program in a local geriatric care facility, assist with Special Olympics, and complete a senior internship experience under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
Recreational Therapy
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for Recreational Therapy at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Recreational Therapy should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

Have completed 12 semester hours of course work (including ENGL 110C) with a grade point average of 2.00. Have a personal interview with a faculty member in the program.
Complete a background check in PRTS 261 – Introduction to Recreational Therapy to ensure eligibility for service learning experiences with youth.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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