2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

REC 45498 Internship in Therapeutic Recreation

This course should be completed by students choosing to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist by sitting for the professional National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam.  A transitional, applied experience to facilitate a gradual induction to professional therapeutic recreation careers.  The experience should include a minimum of 560 hours of hands-on, supervised practical experience over a minimum of 14 consecutive-week period.  Sites for internships must meet academic and NCTRC professional criteria and should be pre-approved by the Program Coordinator prior to enrollment in the course.  The internship location/agency should be different from where to REC 45450 Field Experience was completed.  To meet NCTRC eligibility requirements, the experience will be directed and supervised by a CTRS-certified recreation professional onsite at the approved agency and a university CTRS-certified recreation program faculty member serving as the academic internship supervisor.  Settings for internships may include municipal or community recreation and/or park departments, state and national parks, commercial recreation agencies, social service agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, assisted living and long-term care facilities, retirement homes, day and residential camps, church recreation programs, and others with prior approval.  This is the final capstone course and should be the last class taken in a student's academic program.  A course fee will be charged in addition to the tuition credits.  This fee covers administrative costs and the travel expenses for a faculty supervisor site visit within 150 miles from campus.   This course must be passed with a grade of C or better.  Note: Students seeking to earn eligibility to sit for the professional certification exam must meet all criteria as set forth by NCTRC.  Prerequisites: REC 45240, REC 45245, REC 45340, REC 45440, REC 45443, REC 45450, REC 45446, and REC 45546 all with a grade of C or better, and REC 45243, REC 45345, REC 45461, REC 45542, REC 45543, and REC 45562 or Recreation Program Coordinator approval.  (F, S, SS)