Recreational Therapy Video

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The Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy is designed to prepare professionals with the therapeutic and evaluation skills necessary to pursue certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or seek employment in a multitude of settings. The degree trains students to be able to interact with clients, create and manage a therapeutic environment, and apply a working knowledge of best practices and issues related to the provision of services. There is an emphasis on training in clinical interventions that will assist individuals with illnesses or disabling conditions in improving or maintaining physical and emotional well-being.

The degree also includes three concentrations: Child Life and Development, Adult Therapeutic Services, and Health and Recreation Management. Students are required to select one of the concentrations as a way of specializing their training in the interest area of their choice.

Program Format

NSU understands the demanding scheduling needs of today's student. This selective online program provides a distinct opportunity for highly disciplined learners, with a user-friendly supportive environment and caring academic team.

Students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service provider, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.