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Posted by Cheryl Rusdal
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 00:39:46 (EST), IP Address: 73183129167

Ithaca College has an amazing TR program! I graduated in 2014 and had tons of opportunities for experiential learning. They also have a unique inter-disciplinary year long program to apply the TR process working with stroke patients. You get to work with PT, OT and Speech Therapists in this program. This helps prepare you for real life. The recreation dept. has CTRS's and they know how to set you up for certification. It truly is a great curriculum that needs more students. When I graduated there were 5 students in my TR process class. I had 4 in another course. Ithaca College will not let you down if you are interested in becoming a CTRS.
Posted by anonymous
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 22:46:27 (EDT), IP Address: 74791189
I was a graduate of Springfield College with a BS Degree in Recreation and Leisure service and concentration in Rec. Management. Most my career has been in Therapeutic Recreation. I recommend getting a degree or concentration in TR. inorder to gain certification as a CTRS with out having to back track, like I did to get courses required for certification. I recommend Springfield's program highly. You have top people in the field and you get to know the professors personally because it is a small college. If you want to be in service to others this is the right College to attend.
Posted by anonymous
Friday, July 08, 2011 at 14:07:36 (EDT), IP Address: 672426829
I attended Springfield College and received my Masters of Therapeutic Recreation Management. My education at Springfield College was great. I have been in the field for about 30 years in physical rehab. I encourage anyone thinking about recreation therapy for a career consider Springfield College.
Posted by anonymous
Monday, July 04, 2011 at 19:09:37 (EDT), IP Address: 18415288252
I am a recent graduate of the Springfield College (Springfield, MA) TR program. It has greatly improved from the description in the earlier post. I was advised to take all the necessary classes for the certification exam and learned a TON from the experiential learning opportunities offered by the department. I also liked the option to add a concentration in Child Life. This concentration reinfored important TR concepts and child development concepts helping me work with children with disabilities today. I also have heard that a TR Club will be starting at SC. I would recommend the TR program at Springfield College to anyone interested in pursuing the career!!
Posted by anonymous
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 15:25:24 (EDT), IP Address: 198723920
I graduated from Springfield College recently and the TR program improved greatly from the description below. I was advised to take all the classes I would need for the certification exam and learned a lot through the experienctial learning opportunities offered in the program. I also liked that the Springfield College TR program offered a concentration in Child Life, reinforcing a lot of TR concepts and child development concepts to help me working with children with disabilities and illness. I would recommend the Springfield College TR program to someone interested in obtaining the degree!!
Posted by anonymous
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 15:21:01 (EDT), IP Address: 198723920
I am a recent graduate of Springfield College, and have to say I was very dissapointed with the TR program. As it is in a joint department with Sport and Recreation Management, the department requires that TR majors take many of the sport management classes. Sometimes I feel as if I am more knowledgable in stadium and turf management (which I have absolutley NO interest in) than TR. I also found out after graduating with a bachelors degree in TR that I did not even take all of the courses required in order to become a CTRS. While all my TR requirements were completed, and I did over 1500 hours in unpaid internships and practicums, I had to go to a community college in order to complete the courses necessary for certification-- I'm taking my final night course as we speak. While I realize that this was partially my fault (I should have researched CTRS requirements more in depth) I also place blame on my advisor and the department, who not only filled my schedule with useless sports classes, they didn't even inform me of the need to take additional classes for certification. My entire four years of college were completly mapped out by the department-- I didn't even have room to fit any electives! In my opinion, a college that graduates people with degrees in TR should ensure that the degree recipients are at the very least certification eligible. In hindsite, I should have transfered or changed majors early on in my college career. I urge all students in any college for TR to make sure all of your requirements are in line.
- Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 23:38:03 (CST), IP Address: 241514521

Hi folks I am graduating this coming month as a mature student in the TR program, here at Truro, Nova Scotia Community College located in Nova Scotia, Canada. My father developed cancer and I left work to become his caregiver. I saw first hands issues that I felt needed to be addressed when workin in the older population field. When my father passed away, I decided to go back to school for my TR Diploma. I now will be able to make a difference in reaching my clients needs in a positive way using my education,skills and tools through the means of recreation and leisure programs and activities. Have a TR-iffic day!
Debbie Delorey Tompkins
- Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 14:02:18 (CDT), IP Address: 142227431
My Therapeutic Recreation course is really awesome. I've learned a great deal from the teacher and from her experience within the field.It makes the course worthwhile and interesting to have someone that knows what its like out in the field,has experienced it and brings it back into the classroom. All in all, its a really good course and I really like therapeutic recreation.
- Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 08:08:51 (CDT), IP Address: 2415021954
I am just finishing the Georgian College post grad program in Orillia, On. CANADA. I have done a part time program that is offered 50% online. This has been an excellent experience (although a tough balancing act to complete p/t with work and home in the mix.) I would like to obtain a degree (undergrad) in TR so that I may do some graduate work. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A GOOD UNIVERSITY THAT WILL CREDIT ME FOR THE EDUCATION I HAVE AND OFFER AN UNDERGRAD RE: DISTANCE LEARNING? You can email me with info at Thanks.
Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 08:21:26 (CST)
I have just graduated from the Therapeutic Recreation program at Douglas College. The program is fantastic! The instructors are very experienced and knowledgeable, the courses are relevant and informative, and we are given ample opportunity to practice our skills while on practicum experiences. I feel that I am well equiped and well prepared to jump out into the working world and offer all I have to the field of Therapeutic Recreation thanks to the hard working instructors at Douglas College.
Monday, May 30, 2005 at 16:37:20 (CDT)
Im taking TR at Niagara College in welland.Its a good course and I've learned alot from the teacher alone, from her experiences to going out on my placements and seeing what its like. I really like the program and hope one day to work in a hospital setting.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 19:23:22 (CDT)
I am just finishing up the 1 year post grad at GEORGIAN COLLEGE in Orillia, Canada. The program is in depth and offers a great amount of practical hands on learning. I read a posting previously that felt that the program wasn't as current as it could be. It has recently done some provisions in my current years and we are focusing on the issues and trends that TR is going through in our learning. This program is intersting, enlightening and has an element of self exploration while exploring the depth of knowledge that encompasses TR.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 22:59:44 (CST)
My TR program at Jackson State could use a lot of improvement. The teachers rushed assignments on us, assigned chapters and had us teach the class. Didn't care about those of us who had to work to stay in school and would often make it mandatory for us to be somewhere without notifying the students ahead of time so that we could take off work and etc. I wish we had more structured experience, like assistance with clinical and internship placement. More advisement with the staff and teachers keeping personal feelings to themselves and not letting it reflect in the treatment of the students. Having a ropes and challenge course training would have been nice too. I just hope the studying I did outside of the classroom is enough for me to pass the test.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 at 19:28:42 (CDT)
I graduated from Temple in 95 and as I reflect on my education, which not only prepared me for the clinical aspect of our profession, it has allowed me to utilize the leadership skills tough to us to take charge as a therapist and as managers. This has allowed me to continuously advance in positions of responsibility within various agencies. I now manage/supervise a day center and can safely attribute 60% of my current ability to my days at Temple. Thank You Temple for the educational onslaught to be a professional, this has allowed me to rise to many challenges.
EM in PA
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 15:01:24 (CDT)
Temple University, Temple's TR program is great. We have extensive classes in clinical TR, we have a great faculty as well. We are required to complete 2 internships as well as 200 vounteer hours with in the field which prepares us well for are professional carrers
Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 14:28:19 (CST)
I am an activities assistant at a nusing home in my area. You can not ask for a more caring career. My dream is to obtain my CTRS, but with the money we make doing this type of work, having children that is just a dream...................
Pam from Pa.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 21:34:54 (CDT)
Hi, I am an adventure therapist in Victoria Canada and part of a group organizing an international adventure therapy conference check us out at
Jordie Newman
Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 19:51:58 (CST)
I'm attending Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale in the spring for my master's in TR and I'm so thrilled. Prior to this I've worked in a host of various health related jobs and even spent this past summer at Bradford woods in Indiana, what a wonderful place for those uncertain about the benfits of TR in one's life. I have Cerebral Palsy & Keratoconnus and I believe in the value of this program and the richness it adds to the lives of everyone as they face the many challenges of life.
Friday, September 06, 2002 at 00:20:34 (CDT)
G'Day! I am have just completed Autumn semester of my second year of my Therapeutic Recreation Degree through the University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown Australia. I currently have a job as a Recreation Activities Officer at a Nursing Home and have found that the Casual work assists with my studies at Uni and my Uni studies assist with my work. Most importantly, the course and work is both fun with being able to utilise Leisure and Recreation as a rehabilitation necessity and most importly the clients have fun!
Alison Goaley
Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 05:58:06 (CDT)
There is no staff at my university.The university is phasing out the TR program due to budget cuts. It was a great program.
Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 11:40:20 (CDT)
I am an alumni from Virginia Wesleyan College. I found the accredited program to be very good in many aspects. In the program there are 5 fully accredited professors that are there to help you at any time you need it. They are professional and curtious to all members of the program. Class lectures are thought provoking which they all should be because we are in the medical field. Hands on community services helps one learn the other aspects which you cant learn in the classroom. After finishing your four years you are pretty much guaranteed a job not only because of the college you are graduating from but all the professors are well established in the community. Overall the Therapeutic Recreation program is an exciting and beneficial program to be a part of.
William J. Nase
Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 15:17:52 (CDT)
I am currently a senior at the University of Southern Maine. I am just about finished with my degree requirements and will be completing my internship in the fall. At USM the TR department is fairly small but I feel that the size gives us the opportunity to get to know the people in our classes and our professors on a different level than those in large departments. At USM all of the faculty teach a variety of courses and know the students by name. TR at USM offers a variety of courses ranging from program design to arts and crafts and animal therapy. USM's program is top notch, I would recomend USM to everyone looking for a degree in TR.
Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 18:27:24 (CST)
I feel that California State University Northridge prepared me well and I felt confident when entering the field. The University required TR students to complete a longer internship than State & National Certification requirements. Though we had a great group of instructors, TR is a field that you learn from doing. Having practioners teach classes is a real asset, especially after graduation, when they are available as a resource.
Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 16:21:18 (CST)
I go to Montclair State University in New Jersey and i would say that the TR program needs to be improved. There is only 1 full-time faculty (Dr. Jerry Dickason) and 1 or 2 adjunct. The enrollment is really small compared to the other institution that offers TR (Kean University). As a student, i feel that they should hire more faculty because i think it's unfair for Dr. Dickason to be handling all the work. In general, Montclair State is a FAR BETTER institution than Kean U. Throughout my years here at MSU, i felt satisfied with the curriculum and the clinical experiences that are required because this has given me a chance to work with different populations. I like the students here as well, they give me support. I heard at Kean, the students basically do it by themselves and the students rarely support each other which i think is pathetic! Part of your academic success is the support you get from fellow students, as well as your advisors
Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 15:31:41 (CST)
I attend Southeast MO State Univ. in Cape Girardeau MO. I am a junior in TR and highly recommend SEMO to anyone interested in the field. Our TR dept is growing and the profs are excellent. We are about to add an Outdoor adventure therapy program as well. You won't find any teachers who want to help you learn and grow more than SEMO's TR faculty. They are awesome.
J.D. Tanner
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 16:23:20 (CDT)
If you are even considering majoring in TR then the place to go is Central Michigan University. The prof's and the department are the best is ways of teaching, networking and making you feel at home! Not to mention they are rated as one of the best in the country!
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 16:47:19 (CDT)
Our TR program is fine, but needs some fine tunning. We were mostly placed in classes with the leisure studies students, and then we had about 6 different classes in TR and counselling as well as a seminar class. Concordia tried to add more interesting classes towards the end of my degree, but I still feel I was missing out on more exciting TR related classes. I did get the basic knowledge I needed and I enjoyed it, but I still would have liked more separation from the leisure studies program.
Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 08:52:05 (CDT)
I took the program at Georgian College in Orillia, Ontario. This program is a post graduate program for a one year period. In this one year, you learn a variety of parts to become a recreation therapist. Although, I did not find that the program has any up to date information about Therapeutic Recreation. All the resources seem to be out dated and there is obviously no effort in to getting any new resources. Until they upgrade their system, the only way you learn is through your internship because they are actually up to date. The teachers are very resourceful and have good knowledge of the field but it too is outdated.
Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 11:42:38 (CDT)
Old Dominion University; Norfolk, Virginia has a fabulous TR program. Our Teachers for the program really enjoy the courses they teach and are always very captivating to me! I will be doing part of my 600hour internship this summer to get me ready to compete in the real world! This program is wonderful and I have already learned a great amount. Go Lady Monarch's!!
Robin Gricol
Monday, February 05, 2001 at 11:16:25 (CST)
Herbert H. Lehman is the Best TR Program in New York State. The library, the gym, the computers, the library, the instructors, the students, the environment, the guest presenters, the resources, and of course the classes.
Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 01:01:04 (CST)
There is only one college in British Columbia, Canada that offers the TR program. I know a lot of Activity Co. that have not taken the course do to the fact it is only offered in the big city and a lot of us live in small towns and can not afford to leave our jobs or families to future our education. For years they (Douglas College) has talked about having it by corrispondance, but still has not been done. Too bad there is alot of good people out there who really want to do the program and they are not fulfilling our needs in the real working world!!!!
Monday, January 01, 2001 at 11:16:20 (CST)
At Brockport there is a level of professionalism in the classroom. The Faculty demand nothing bu the best. Thats is why I think Brockport has the best faculty/student relationship ratio in the country. Our Rec/Leisure program at Brockport has two sides. One is TR and the other Management. For TR there is one Professor and three adjuncts. The classes that we, as students, compete in, are the greatest knowledge informing classes in the world. SUNY BROCKPORT has the premiere team in teaching east of the Mississippi. I thank them for their contributions to a senior that will provide nothing but the best care someone can have. BROCKPORT SENIOR
SUNY Brockport senior
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 15:19:16 (CST)
I am currently a third year Therapeutic Recreation Student at Grand Valley State University. The experiences and knowledge that I have gained while attending this program have been absolutely outstanding. The program is a comprehensive curriculum that allows the student to grow not only as a professional but also on a personal level. Dr. Teresa Beck - Director, Tim Passmore - Professor, and Sue Sunden - Adjunct Lecturer all are wonderful and care deeply about a students learning and personal growth. The program at Grand Valley State University allows for all interests to be covered through electives along with a strong core class curriculum. Our job placement rate from the interns that graduated this past August is 100%!
Lynnette Coggins, Third Year TR Student
Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 14:17:45 (CST)
I attend a state college in Missouri. I am from a small town in Kansas where they have not even heard of TR. The classes of TR at the college were very informative, but after reviewing some of the other statements, I think that my college could have expanded the class topics. Our department is P.E. and Recreation, involving about 7 instructors. One man teaches all the TR classes and I feel that only about 3 classes really are focused on TR. I guess that I am saying the prgram here is not the best but I do feel prepared. I will be graduating this December and that will be the ultimate test of knowledge.
Mary in Kansas
Monday, November 06, 2000 at 17:33:57 (CST)
I am a Senior currently enrolled in the Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA) Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies Program. Starting in January, I will begin Senior level internship at Methodist Hospital in New Orleans, LA. I had the opportunity to complete my Junior level intern at the same facility. The TR program at Southern University is growing in numbers every day. I believe we have an estimated 200-300 students in the program. I will be graduating in May of 2001. Good luck to all of my fellow classmates. Remeber to stay focused and remember your purpose.
Nikia Larry
Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 09:37:24 (CDT)
I go to Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our program is amazing. I feel that we will come out so prepared for anything that the medical field can offer. We have a wide variety of Therapeutic Recreation classes to choose from (like 16 to be exact), including TR in the Elderly, TR in Pediatrics, and TR in Mental Health. We also have cognates, such as Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Movement Science, and Organic and Biological Chemistry. Our professors, Dr. Teresa Beck, Tim Passmore, and Sue Sundin are great. They have a great understanding of what the the field needs and what trends there are. They are preparing us to be able to hold our own not only in a clinical setting, but also community settings. We also have a application process to our program and very high standards for our students. We have to maintain a 3.0 in ALL TR courses! So anyone who wants a program that will be challenging adn help prepare you for the future look to GVSU in Grand Rapids, MI!
Samantha Cohen
Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 08:20:07 (CDT)
I attended the University of Toledo AND Lake Superior State University (in MIchigan) to earn my BS in TR. And to be perfectly honest, the program at UT far outweighed the program at LSSU. At Toledo, the instructors are up to date on what's going on in the field and even remain in practice. At LSSU, there was primarily one instructor who was more or less out of the loop what was going on in the field. This instructor appeared to be more knowledgeable of community TR than clinical (my area). I didn't learn anything new at LSSU that I had not learned from experience. KUDOS to UT on an excellent program!! I hope to return to Toledo one day to work on my Masters.
Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 11:40:02 (CDT)
It was like going back to junior high school. ANYONE could pass this program with little or no regular effort. (I went to school in Iowa)
Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 18:13:25 (CDT)
I am a major in Gerontology Activities Profession at a community college in New Hampshire.
Friday, July 14, 2000 at 18:55:31 (CDT)
I am currently a TR student at the University of Toledo in Ohio. The education that I am receiving here is by far outstanding! The classes that I take directly relate to the Recreational Therapy field, inlcuding assessment & documentation, medical & clinical aspects of TR, administrating groups in TR, and many intervention classes, such as therapeutic groups, fitness/relaxation, pet therapy, therapeutic riding, and many more exciting, educational classes that will fully perpare me for the future. I'm currently working on my clinical rotation before doing my intership and graduating next year with my bachelor's degree in TR, minor in psychology, concentration in therapeutic arts, and child life specialist. I will have completed all of this in 4 years and I know that I will feel confident about my abilities because of the great education that I received. The professors are extremely knowledgable, enthusiastic, professional, and make the TR program at Toledo what it is today. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in a top education in TR.
Monday, May 29, 2000 at 23:57:20 (CDT)
I am a senior graduating from the TR program at Cal State Hayward. My experience in their TR program has been phenominal...the professors, especially Dr.Spielman show real enthusiasm and passion for Rec Therapy. The program gives you the desire and confidence to go out there and improve someone else's quality of life. I would recommend this school and this major to anyone looking for a purpose.
Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 22:39:15 (CDT)
I'm a student at Eastern Kentucky University and i'm getting ready to do my internship this summer. i believe that Eastern has prepared me to face this internship. Eastern has a compresive program, that has higher standards than it is required. I feel that students are ready are ready for the recreation field when they graduate from this program.
Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 05:21:55 (CDT)
The program I am attending at Slippery Rock University is alright. We are part of the Park and Admininstration department and we only have two professor's that teach TR. I have to say that the professors who teach any type of program make or break the major and in my case I feel that we don't have the greatest professors. I know that we have one of the best programs that offer a lot of courses that other colleges do not but I still have my doubts about going into the profession. I'm not saying it is a horrible program I just feel that it needs new professors.
Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at 20:35:24 (CDT)
I am a senior at Utica College and I feel that this is one of the most comprehensive Therapeutic Recreation programs that I have known. The faculty are friendly, confident and knowledgable about TR and instill pride into the students who are in the program. We take courses in Recreation Activities, Program Assessment and Design, Management in TR, History and Philosophy of TR, Aquatics, Outdoor Recreation, Fine Arts to learn how to use drama and music in therapy, and many more courses that help us to be knowledgable students ready to sit for certification. We have multiple volunteer opportunities to work with different populations in different settings, we volunteer with Special Olympics, attend the yearly Therapeutic Recreation conference in Cortalnd, NY and we have a comprehensive 16-week internship during our last semester at the facility of our choice. I looked at many programs from various colleges before making my final decision and I believe that Utica College has one of the top programs. I love this program and I am excited about my future as a CTRS!
Kristin Gillette
Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at 11:20:24 (CDT)
I am a Grad. from Lethbridge Community College in Alberta Canada. This college has one of the best programs in the Country. The experience I gained from my profs. and practicums was outstanding. I'm in a Career in Canada that is well paid and very rewarding. My tip to students... volunteer!!!!! Make sure you are always working in the field ( even if you're not getting paid) it will help your studies and make life on the job much easier when you get there. Remember we are proffesionals and have to promote our cause. Let everyone know how important our services are. Oh yeah...have fun!!!!
Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 19:38:15 (CST)
I recieved my BS in Therapeutic Recreation from Grambling St. University. The training that you are recieveing is excellent. With your fellow students and teachers constantly motivating youto succeed, Grambling provided me with an experience that is priceless. Thecirriculum is packed with all the basic and extras that are not always in your textbooks. Teachers motivate you to develop programs that you will be able to use on your internship, as well as on the job. My resource manual is full of intervention, medical procedure and conditions that will last a lifetime. Overall Grambling St. University help shape me into a profession of the TR field and of the world.
Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 18:33:23 (CST)
I graduated from Aurora University in Illinois in 1998. I feel that my experience there was great. My courses went though many aspects of what is needed to succeed in the field. There was a class that we had gone to different sites to see what went on. There was another class, which was a survey class, that we had seniors come in and we adapted different activities with that population. The professor that I had was excellent. She had a lot of knowledge that she shared. She took the time to get to know us individually and helped place us in the right intenship to best fit our needs. I recommend this program to anyone who is interested in pursuing a degree in TR.
Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 19:36:26 (CST)
I graduated from the University of Toledo in 1995 and feel I had challenging coursework, clinical rotations and excellant professors. I have had students currently work under me and am even more impressed with the program currently. UT also a trend sender in RT!
Monday, February 07, 2000 at 20:35:42 (CST)
If you are interested in attending an Historically Black College/University, then Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC is the place for you. They have a WONDERFUL therapeutic recreation program. I earned my BS degree there.
Friday, February 04, 2000 at 22:46:38 (CST)
I am a senior at Green Mountian College in Poultney, VT with a major in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Adventure Recreation. Our program is small which lends to a great relationship between students and faculty. It is great to have Dr. Bob Riley back now, I really enjoy my classes with him. Also here is Professor Brenda Balfour. Brenda's classes are exciting and make the student want to attend more each time. Both Bob and Brenda have taken extra time to work with students and give up thier free time for class trips to make site visitations, as it is slim pickings here in VT for TR/RT sites. Hats off to them! Many thanks for an exciting and rewarding college career Bob and Brenda!
Friday, February 04, 2000 at 15:50:56 (CST)
I recently graduated from St. Joseph's College on Long Island with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation. I have to admitt there are some classes that need to be re-evaluated due to lack of content, HOWEVER I have had the privelege of learning from one of the best: Professor Robin Lombardo. She knows what she is talking about and offers us an education that can be used in the field of recreation. After being lost at a local community college and not knowing where to go from there, I found Therapuetic Recreation to be fulfilling and rewarding. Helping others is what I do best and St. Joseph's College taught me how to do it better. On a technical note: the college is small and the TR program is small so learning can almost be 1:1. I am astonished by what some people wrote reguarding TR programs in this survey and I can only hope that others will research the college program before making a commitment. Show respect for those in the field and what the do best, for there is nothing like putting a smile someone's face or giving a person their independence through TR.
Monday, January 31, 2000 at 10:59:13 (CST)
I attend one of the two colleges in Louisiana which offers a TR program. The program needs to be taken out completely. It is a under developed program with too many ignorant and immature students in one classroom. 99% of the students are in the program only because they have failed out of other programs. As a result, the program is taken for granted. The professors need to open their eyes and realize what is going on!!!
Tuesday, January 25, 2000 at 22:23:03 (CST)
University! I had several opportunities to volunteer in the community which gave me excellent experiences to add to my resume. I also enjoyed the professors and their approach to teaching as well as preparing us for the real world. I would suggest Radford's program to anyone who wants to graduate and feel confident in the TR field.
Stephanie Brady
Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 12:28:35 (CST)
I graduated in 1998 from California State University, Chico. I found the program to lack fundamental information about Recreational Therapy. For example, the low pay and lack of respect for this degree was never mentioned! It's almost embarassing to tell people what your degree is in, due to the lack of academic rigor involved with this meaningless degree. Look at many of these responses posted, "I like my teacher, I like my class, they are fun, etc." College is supposed to be more than these non-stimulating responses. College is supposed to challenge you intellectually and socially. It is my firm belief that NO RT program at any school is capable of doing this. Thus, we have a field full of indecisive individuals who thought hey that sounds fun and the teacher is nice. OF COURSE THEY ARE NICE, THEY WANT YOUR MONEY! I hope that this brief insight has touched one of these indecisive individuals before it is too late. CHANGE YOUR MAJOR! I am currently in the process in applying in another unrelated field, to find wealth, pride, and happiness!
Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 18:04:32 (CST)
James Madison University has a new TR program. This program offers a degree in Recreation with a concentration in TR. We just returned from attending the state conference, VRPS, with nine student majors and anticipate attending NRPA national with about the same number of students. We are hosting the VRPS Conference 2000, and looking on presenters and hot topics to offer for TRs at that conference. We are also anticipating attending the regional ATRA conference to allow the students exposure to a broad spectrum of organizational experiences. Our program has increased the hours of practicum to 350, and internships are 400 hours to allow plenty of "hands-on" experiences. We have great support from the practitioners in our area, and a variety of facilities employing TRs. Students are required to use this site frequently for assignments, and we greatly appreciate the information that is shared with us.
Gail L. Ham
Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 10:45:41 (CDT)
Sunday, August 29, 1999 at 21:56:26 (CDT)
Our TR program here at West Virginia State is ran by Dr.Muilenburg. He is a great teacher and we learn a lot from him. I enjoy being in his class as he makes it fun to learn.
d braddock
Friday, August 27, 1999 at 10:15:44 (CDT)
Our TR program is ran by Dr.Muilenburg. He is a great teacher and we learn a lot from him.
Friday, August 27, 1999 at 10:12:33 (CDT)
I really enjoyed being a Therapeutic Recreation Major at Utica College of Syracuse University. I really liked Professors Joan Kay, Richard Joseph, and adjunct professor and Internship supervisor Kirstin Impicciatore. They made learning TR fun and rewarding.
K Hart
Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 20:48:47 (CDT)
I really enjoyed being a Therapeutic Recreation Major at Utica College of Syracuse University. I really liked Professors Joan Kay, Richard Joseph, and adjunct professor and Internship supervisor Kirstin Impicciatore. They made learning TR fun and rewarding.
K Hart
Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 20:48:30 (CDT)
I really enjoyed being a Therapeutic Recreation Major at Utica College of Syracuse University. I really liked Professors Joan Kay, Richard Joseph, and adjunct professor and Internship supervisor Kirstin Impicciatore. They made learning TR fun and rewarding.
K Hart
Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 20:47:52 (CDT)
The TR program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City is a decent program, however while i was a student, it was somewhat difficult to get into the classes required to graduate/qualify for the CTRS exam. The core of this problem is lack of money allocated to the department, and lack of staff to accomodate the student body of that department. One statistic i heard, was the department was designed for 70-some students and at that point there were about 500. (not just TR, but sport, health, leisure and physical studies). And the department claims they are unable to design an application to get into the department, because the TR program is part of the College of Liberal Arts. The quality of the classes are high though.
Wednesday, July 07, 1999 at 13:50:23 (CDT)
I attended the University of Florida--a great school. I wish there were more tr couses offered. You are given a foundation, but I believe more specifics are necessary such as courses titled: "TR for Rehab Populations", "TR for Psychiatric Populations", etc. These topics were covered but only as a chapter in a book. I had the foundation when I did my internship but I truly learned how to be a recreational therapist during my internship. In school there is a lot of theory but not much hands on practice. Twenty hours of volunteer work here and there is not enough.I think so much emphasis should not be placed on general recreation courses. I felt I took some courses that were a waste of time and money. I could have been spending that time learning more about tr.
Saturday, June 12, 1999 at 06:30:56 (CDT)
The University of Florida is an excellent school. Go Gators! The only one problem exists - the professors have no clinical or community experience. They teach excellent theory, but do not have the reality based therapy skills. Also, as with ATRA and NTRS, the professors spend too much time fighting with each other, and not enough time supporting our profession.
Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 18:35:41 (CDT)
UND in Grand Forks has an excellent TR program. Even though it is an emphasis, we have just as many TR classes as TR majors do!! I found a job immediately after graduating and those "Outdoor Recreation" and "Leisure Education" classes only added to my experience! It also opened up more opportunities of environments for me to work in. I could work as a CTRS in Park and Recreations (they need us for several things!) and a lot of Park and Rec. Associations won't hire you unless you have a Recreation and Leisure Degree. Dr. Lynn Anderson was a great teacher with a lot of hands on experience. When I started work in the field, nothing was of surprise to me as Dr. Anderson had me fully prepared!
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 18:53:02 (CDT)
I am a student at Western Illinois University. I feel that Our TR program is very good. We have hands on experiences and our Professors are very helpful because they have all worked in TR for many years. Overall I feel that our TR program is very good.
Kimberly wallin
Tuesday, June 01, 1999 at 13:37:36 (CDT)
I am a freshman at Spokane Community College. I come from a very broad spectrum of jobs in the medical field. I've been employed as an Activities Director for 6yrs now. The TR program has really opened my eyes to a whole new world. My job has helped me in the leisure services part of the model. The coaches at the college teach the recreation part of the model and Dr. Mitchell-a very smart man teaches the therapy part of the model. I am so anxious to get out into the work field. I still have 3yrs left before I graduate. Hope to be into the field before that though. I know I will be prepared. Our program is packed full of knowlege. Transfer here if your willing! See you then!
Thursday, April 29, 1999 at 01:06:52 (CDT)
I attented Gannon University in Erie,PA. They had an excellent program, but I was one of the last classes to go through the program (1998). They focused on the medical aspect as well as the activity/quality of life aspect. They required 2 internships- one in a psycho/social setting and one in a physical/cognitive setting. Although at the time I was mad that NCTRC only required 1, and I had to do 2, now I am grateful that I had that extra experience! It is too bad that Gannon did not feel that there was enough enrollment in the program to keep it going. One more thing, don't you think NCTRC should offer the CTRS exam in June and January for those who graduate in May and December?
Wednesday, March 03, 1999 at 14:33:51 (CST)
Lehman College offers a well balanced TR program in which one can attain a B.S. or an MSEd. A dual track major of Recreation Administration/Therapeutic Recreation is an option many students choose. The instructors are active in the field and the students hail from all walks of life. Capable students are encouraged to conduct a research thesis which fosters greater opportunities for career advancement. Lehman College has a state of the art athletic facility that can be used by students at their leisure. Every graduate can find an excellant job upon graduation given that a number of professional internship sites abound in the New York City area. Enrollment is up so apply early.
A gratuate at large
Sunday, February 28, 1999 at 08:04:17 (CST)
I am currently doing my internship and am in my final stretch at The University of Iowa. The U Of I has a wonderful and expanding program. The professors have long lists of experiences in every aspect of TR. They continue to give me support and help even though I am not in the classroom with them anymore. The program is taken very seriously and I felt well prepared going into my internship at St. Luke's Hospital. A TR degree from the U of I is what you want!!
heather plueger
Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 22:28:16 (CST)
Unfortunately, mine closed shortly after I graduated (University of Maryland).
Kira Sekulow
Monday, February 15, 1999 at 13:42:12 (CST)
The TR program at Central Michigan University is excellent! The professors are great and really know what they are talking about. We learn about all aspects of TR not just the clinical side of it. We also have a well rounded group of core classes that we have to take that gives us some great information. I would recommend this program to anyone. Check it out!!!!
Kelly Green
Monday, February 08, 1999 at 14:40:07 (CST)
Sunday, February 07, 1999 at 11:17:26 (CST)

I am a Senior at Eastern Kentucky University. I think the education I have received in recreation has gotten better since I first started. Since my first year, we have gained a new professor, who really tries to show you what it's like in the real world. As get ready to enter my internship, I'm sure how prepare I actully am, but I feel comfortable about the fundamental beliefs and thoeries behind TR and Recreation. I would recommend EKU to anyone. It's a good school.
- Tuesday, January 20, 1998 at 08:48:02 (PST)

I graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. I feel I got an average education. The professor was kind, yet lacked enthusiam. Now the program has two TR professors and is improving. I gained the ability to advocate for TR. We also had a great outdoor recreation department. Now I am the proud Program Director of the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, Inc. It is a wonderful program at a low cost for kids with special needs. Go Bobcats!
Amy Dickinson
- Monday, January 19, 1998 at 18:01:14 (PST)

It is really great and challenging.I take classes at Kennesaw State.
- Friday, January 16, 1998 at 16:27:10 (PST)

I have graduated from two very good TR programs. I received my BS from Clemson University and my MS from Indiana University at Bloomington, IN. The strengths of Clemson's program include an introductory course for undergraduates in understanding statistical research in recreation and leisure, interactive learning experiences with geriatric populations, challenge and adventure programs including a high ropes course, and excellent departmental computer resources. Indiana's program is very strong in teaching students a clinical or treatment based philosophy of TR, giving students' a taste of creating and implementing TR interventions, and providing excellent instruction on documentation techniques and practices for the future CTRS. IU also offers students opportunities to further their knowledge of experiential and challenge education at its outdoor lab, Bradford Woods. Bradford Woods is about 45 minutes away from the main campus and provides several team building courses and a challenge course for people with physical disabilities. Both of these programs offered me a great deal understanding of the value of the TR professional's contributions in both healthcare and community settings. I would strongly recommend either of these two universities' programs as potential choices for prospective students interested in pursuing a career in TR.
Brad Wardlaw
- Wednesday, December 17, 1997 at 12:59:32 (PST)

I am a TR major at York College of PA. I am a senior and I feel that I am not prepared to go out into the field. I feel that the professors have a lot of knowledge, but they really share it to their students. To many people, TR is looked at as an easy major because the professors do not take it seriously. From my experience in classes, most students want to learn as much as they can and take TR seriously, but the faculty lack a sense of professionalism. Don't get me wrong, I love this major, but I feel that York College's program needs to be evaluated.
- Thursday, November 27, 1997 at 17:39:27 (PST)

Southern Connecticut State University: Our TR program is getting better. The department (Recreation and Leisure Studies) as a whole has its strengths and its areas that need improvement. New faculty have brought new life to the department. We are small, so we tend to be a tightly knit family -- this is nice.
- Tuesday, November 18, 1997 at 09:49:30 (PST)

I came from a small school that was not accredited (the only thing it lacked was a thrid prof), this is no complaint however. I liked being an individual rather than a number and on a first name basis, not only to my degree profs but to my general education profs to. The only thing I regret when I came out of my school was that I didn't volunteer more!!!! I felt I didn't have enough experience, which during my intership I found out I was wrong. That is the only thing I can suggest to students now. I am currently attending a larger school for my gradute degree and I see things I missed but I still have no regrets.
- Monday, November 17, 1997 at 07:45:19 (PST)

Central Michigan University's program goes above and beyond the requirements for certification. The professors are practicing not just teaching. They are helpful and they really make it fun. If you are even considering a TR degree, check out CMU!
- Thursday, November 13, 1997 at 10:21:10 (PST)

This is my second degree; my first is in parks and recreation. I feel that the TR program at WV State has helped me to broaden my horizons. I feel I am better prepared to cope, plan, and assist with the special populations.
Peggy Eastwood
Institute , WV USA West Virginia State College - Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 08:19:10 (PST)

I am a TR major. I am a transfer student from South Carolina. I think this degree will help me in my course of study in Graduate School.
Stuart Grimes
- Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 08:06:54 (PST)

Therapeutic recreation has helped me deal with all people. The classes have helped me learn about TR along with the hands on experience.
scott mcghee
scott depot, west virginia united states WVSC - Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 08:02:49 (PST)

I am an Education major taking TR as an elective. I have found the TR program to be very interesting. Dr. Muilenburg is very helpful and provides a lot of oppourtunity for hands on learning. TR is a well defined program at WV State and I am glad that I have had the opportunity to participate in the class.
Angela Thacker <thackeag@WVSVAX.WVNET>EDU>
Institute, West Virginia USA West Virginia State College - Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 07:02:44 (PST)

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Therapeutic Recreation Program has been a wonderful experience for me as an undergraduate. I feel confident that the courses I have taken will allow me to be very successful in my internship next semester. The professors here are extremely helpful and professional. All of the students are very enthusiastic about the profession and make going to classes fun.
- Monday, November 03, 1997 at 17:22:59 (PST)

The TR program at WV State College is a wonderful program. Dr. Ted Muilenburg prepares his students for the working force by hands on experience, which is an excellent way of learning. I commend the TR program at WV State and recommend it to students interested.
Leslie Pritt <LESLEEP104@AOL.COM>
SO Charleston, WV WV STATE COLLEGE - Sunday, November 02, 1997 at 20:40:02 (PST)

The sinclair college program is a basic Activity Therapy class.
- Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 18:43:01 (PST)

I am enrolled in Activity Therapy and was looking for new activities.
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Dayton, ohio usa Sinclair College - Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 18:37:32 (PST)

New York University. I am completing my M.A. in Therapeutic Recreation, Supervision and Administration. NYU offers a well rounded program. I feel ready to work in any type of agency be it clinical, outpatient or community. The program covers all populations. The professors are great and are always there for you. The students and staff are one big family. I highly recommend this TR program!
Mayra Carrion-Nacel
- Monday, October 27, 1997 at 14:09:10 (PST)

The TR prorame at Radfod University has provided me with an exceptional education in the feild. The prfessors work hard at giving the students here oppertunities to stay a step ahead of the competition. Anybobdy that is intrested in a strong educational program with a lot of oppertunities for professional development this is the place.
Richard Kriner
- Friday, October 24, 1997 at 10:22:04 (PDT)

I graduated from York College of PA. The fact that I was already working in activities while I attended college helped immensely, because I was able to practice what I learned immediately. We were exposed to a wide variety of recreation settings(community, TR, parks, etc), which I thought was great and a real eye-opener! One thing I felt was really lacking was lack of practice/understanding of the more practical things needed in a TR job, such as documentation, goal setting, program assessment and how to make sure goals are being met. More info on theState Survey process would have been helpful also. The courses on group dynamics were very helpful..I would encourage any student majoring in TR to be as actively involved in asmany different settings as you possibly can while you are a student. There's a lot of "nitty-gritty" that you don't get sitting in a classroom!
- Saturday, October 18, 1997 at 22:30:09 (PDT)

Awsome prgram!!! Great Professors!!! Go UNC Bears!!!
- Saturday, October 11, 1997 at 14:49:00 (PDT)

I graduated from the University of North Dakota. The Therapeutic Rec. program there was wonderful! We had many opportunities to network with other professionals, gain valuable fieldwork experience, and learn the many aspects of T.R. Upon graduating I felt well prepared to take the CTRS exam and begin my career.
- Thursday, October 09, 1997 at 21:28:57 (PDT)

I graduated with an EdM in therapeutic recreation from Boston University. I feel I got the best and most unique experience I could have asked for. I was not interested in clinical TR, instead I studied community-based TR. I finished bursting with ideas and thoughts on how to really make a difference in the lives of people with disablities. Thanks to Jerry Fain & Howard Cohan for leading me down this path.
Shelley Beaver
- Tuesday, September 23, 1997 at 11:03:49 (PDT)

I graduated from Chico State University, California in May of 1995. I truly believe that I received the best education possible. I am currently State and Nationally certified and practicing in the field. I currently returned to Chico to persue my masters degree in recreation
- Monday, September 15, 1997 at 22:10:14 (PDT)

I am currently attending California State University, Fresno, finishing up my last semester in the TR program. Though I am technically not taking classes this semester, I have just started my internship and I am absolutely loving it! I could not have been more prepared with the knowledge I gained from my professors at Fresno State. The Recreation program there in general is wonderful; the staff is always willing to help, and the professors are more like friends. There are a number of classes that you can take as a TR major, and each offers a terriffic learning experience to apply to your endeavors in the TR world. If you want to learn from a super-friendly and helpful staff, and learn a great deal about Therapeutic Recreation, check out Fresno State's TR program!

Rosalinda Silva - Monday, September 01, 1997 at 21:42:00 (PDT)

I attended Central Michigan University's program of Therapeutic Recreation. The prof's were helpful, had a open door policy, and took the time for questons or just conversation. CMU's program well prepares an individual for the TR world and would recommend it to anyone. Have I mentioned their program is 3rd in the nation?

anonymous - Saturday, August 16, 1997 at 06:49:36 (PDT)

The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse is an EXCELLENT choice for individuals wanting to earn a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. TR is not an emphasis, it is a major itself. The professors are up to date in the world of TR and are always teaching current techniques and skills. If you want to be fully prepared for the world of TR go to UW- LaCrosse. You will take classes such as Special Populations, Assessment, Outdoor Recreation, Budgeting, Trends and Issues, Medical Language, Facilitation Techniques, and more. I loved my school as I have been well prepared for my career.

anonymous - Thursday, August 07, 1997 at 21:26:24 (PDT)

I graduated from Western Washington Uniersity in Bellingham, Wa 12/92. The program is unique in that you are in a "phase" with 45-60 other recreation students and then take some classes with a smaller group for your speciality. Jim, Ron and Charlie are great teachers and really make you think for yourself! I have since had a great TR job, written and published a game book, and started my own business. You learn group skills, business skills, counseling, and programing along with your TR skills. The program is so popular it is now difficult to get into. Oh yeah, did I mentions the 3 day raft trip duing finals week in the spring, rock climbing and overnight retreats! P.S. Bellingham is a beautiful!!

A. Jones - Friday, July 25, 1997 at 13:54:43 (PDT)

I am proud that I graduated from SUNY Brockport (Brockport NY). Hats off to DRS. Boone Murray, Chris Howe & David Jewell. They really did have an open door policy. I graduated in 12-97 and passed the state boards and am currently employed. Thank you.

anonymous - Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at 19:50:14 (PDT)

York College of Pa

I feel that York did not totally prepare me for the clinical side of TR. I was well prepared for diversional type of recreation. We were exposed to a WIDE variety of different Rec sites, but none were explored in depth. I know that the prgram has changed for the better over the past 8 years, and the profs are more clinically based.

anonymous - Friday, July 18, 1997 at 19:14:27 (PDT)

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

I feel that I had a great education at UND! We learned the importance of recreation and leisure to persons of all abilities. An emphasis was made on inclusionary programs as anyone should have the right to choose recreation despite certain disabilities. We also had a wide range of classes that talked different types of recreation/leisure: outdoor recreation, recreational games and etc. I could tell that the professors in our program at UND enjoy their job. I felt fully prepared upon graduation to start work as a CTRS! I would recommend UND's program to anyone interested in Recreation and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation!!!!

anonymous - Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at 19:42:38 (PDT)

Brigham Young University. I graduated in 1995. The education I received really prepared me to be a successful reacreation therapist. The program had the perfect balance of learning that recreation is therapeutic and that therapy can be done by using recreation.

anonymous - Sunday, July 13, 1997 at 17:34:43 (PDT)

I am currently enrolled at the University of Southern Maine in the TR program.I find my classes with this program to be very interesting and feel that I have picked the right major. I would however like to go into the physical therapy field and hope to do so after I have a degree in TR. To other students: Getting involved in an agency where TR is working is a great on hands look at what is to come in the future and also gives you that extra learning that you do not get in the classroom.

We are particularly fortunate to have Ann James and Fran McQuire at Clemson. Along with the other outstanding faculty members, they have a lot of knowledge and experience to share with the students. Coming from an Accounting and a Computer-oriented background, I have a lot to learn from all of them! A full-time employee of the University, I will take longer to obtain my M-PRTM than some students. I am enjoying the journey as I am trying to determine my main emphasis area. At this point, my advice and hints are somewhat limited. It is better for all concerned to get early and frequent hands-on experience while in school. Environmental Education and it's use in Therapeutic Recreation particularly interests me. It would great to correspond with others who may have similar interests. Thanks. Manella

For the most part my experience with the program (University of Southern Maine) has been great. I am a junior, so I haven't been able to use my learned skills as of yet. There is only one particular problem that I have with the programa and that is with a certain teacher. He often refers to himself as a professional.. This bothers me because I just don't see him in this light. He constantly talks about himself and really has no point to his lectures. He also teaches an entry level T.R. class and that scares me because I am certain that he is scaring people away from the feild. I guess other than him everything is great.!!

Very good school and program (Clemson University), but I wish it were more related to Health Sciences than Parks and Recreation. There is a Nursing School on campus which helps for the Anatomy & Physiology needs but more links to practical medical areas needs to established. There is a large Teaching hospital 30 miles away in Greenville which has some TR and more Child Life employees.

Clemson University has a very strong, well recognized TR program. The TR courses I have taken have offered me a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding the profession, trends in TR, and different philosophies surrounding the field. The professors have all worked in the field with different populations and, they share many of their stories and experiences with students. So, as a student who has chosen the professional master's route, I have been happy with the TR program and coursework at Clemson. I feel that I will be well prepared to enter the field upon completion of the program.

Program is excellent (at University of Southern Maine)-it has great continuity from one professors teachings anothers.Haven't done an internship, but think it will be a fantastic learning experience.

I feel the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism program I am currently in is top-rate (Clemson University). The TR professors are excellent, including several who are nationally recognized- Dr. Fran Mcguire and Dr. Ann James. Like many universities, ours has been undergoing major restructuring which has caused all kinds of headaches. Aside from this, which hopefully will be completed soon, I have been extremely happy with the quality of my education and I feel that I will be adequately prepared to enter the work arena, wherever that may be!

The University of North Texas has a very good TR program. They use instructors as well as professionals currently in the field to conduct classes. We get the "book" and "real life" versions of TR at the same time. Hints for upsoming TR students: make sure this is what you want to do, this is an "all or nothing" career.

I just began the program this fall (at University of Southern Maine), but so far I find the setting very entertaining. The professors are always willing to help and get the students situated. I find that the program truly makes you think about yourself and the leisure in your life. I'm very excited to learn more aboout this program and myself.

I think the program here (at University of Southern Maine) is great, and the professors really care about you as a student. The only drawback is that it is hard to get into some classes in other departments that we need for our degree. Some classes are only offered at certain times. Over all though I think that I could not have made a better choice as to the field that I'm getting into! TR rules!WOO HOO!!

Yes, the class is meeting my needs. I really enjoy my T.R. class (at University of Southern Maine) and I am starting to want to become a recreational therapist more and more every day. A lot of the things that we learn in class is repetitive, but I guess we must know our major inside and out.

I graduated from Penn State in 91' and have had a successful trip up the corporate ladder since. Penn State prepared me for the theology/ideology for becoming a manager, however I do wish that there was a better base in kinesiology, physics, modalities, transfers, and documentation skills. All of these I have picked up since graduation, however the need was present during the internship. I would also suggest that if NCTRC continues only to require 1 internship that colleges and universities require 2 in different fields. I say this because with one internship it limits you to where you can get a job. With the experience in psych and rehab or community then you increase your marketability professional knowledge. I would also like to see more colleges present a 1 credit course in professional writing skills. In my student interns, I have noticed a lack of ability to professionally convey what they have to say without redundancy and grammatical errors. All of which hurts when you work in a profession that continues to prove itself day in day out. Thank you.

The therapeutic recreation program that I am taking in college (University of Southern Maine) is very interresting. It is teaching me a great deal. I find the information both current and educational. It is definitely a field that has great potential and many options. It can be applied to nearly any situation, and will benefit you even if you do not end up working directly in the field.

The training and classwork are very appropriate and beneficial (University of Southern Maine). Try to keep updated on what is happening in the field. Get involved as much as possible. Also keep all your notes. Future classes will pertain to things you learned in your first semester and begin to all tie together.

I just recently began the therapeutic recreation program at my University (University of Southern Maine). So far, I have enjoyed it and it has met my expectations. I look forward to learning more about the program and becoming more involved in this field.

UND (University of North Dakota) has a great Therapeutic Recreation program. Dr. Lynn Anderson is the professor of Therapeutic Recreation classes at UND and she is great! I believe that through her classes, I will be fully prepared for my internship and future job in this field. We are taught everything from modules, assessments, documentation, etc. I believe that my true learning has taken place while doing volunteer/practicum hours. It is a chance to apply what I have learned and actually learn my strenths/weaknesses. Our classes are getting larger every year which shows that our field is growing! Grand Forks is a great place to live and UND is a great school w/a super, super Recreation and Leisure Program. I would encourage anyone to check it out!! One hint for upcoming students that I have is: get experience w/ all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics and try to get experience in your fieldwork hours in many different fields of T.R. (psych., rehab., long-term, etc.) as it will help make your internship decision easier and make you more "marketable" for a job in the future. Good luck!!!!!

Listen to word of mouth as to which advisors know their sh__! Ask all your questions! Don't be afraid to ask veteran TR students for advice!Study, Study,and Study some more!!! Educate yourself and others about the validity of TR. (Cal. State University, Northridge)

I am enjoying the TR program at the University of Southern Maine. I find my classes to be very interesting and informative. This is only my first year in this program so I still have a long way to go. My hint to upcoming TR students is to get involved in volunteering at a facility that has TR so that you will be a little more familiar with what is involved in TR.

I really enjoy this program, we have a great instructor who really knows what is going on in the field. Our program is really growing and EMU (Eastern Michigan University) is starting to have stricker requirements to limit the number of majors.

The TR program at my college is very intense. The work quality that is produced in our program is superb. The internships at local clinics and hospitals are also very good. I'm very glad that I decided to proceed in a future of TR. USM (University of Southern Maine) is a good small universtiy for all people.

I found that the volunteer work and practicums (while at Metropolitan State College of Denver Colorado) were one of the best tools in helping prepare me with my career. I was able to explore different aspects of Recreation Therapy and decide which population I was best suited to work in. Without these volunteer hours, I would more than likely have begun my career with a population I am not well suited for. I was also offered a job with the company I am now employed with while volunteering.

The TR program here (at University of Southern Maine) is great. I am an accounting major, and I still take TR classes as electives.

This has been my first TR course (at University of Southern Maine). I've found that this course is fun, but we're kidding ourselves by treating it like a science. For example the other day we discussed the "theories of play". Come on! Play is play. Why try and complicate it by giving it some fancy name borrowed from the field of hard sciences, just to make it seem like it belongs in academics. Who are we trying to kid guys and girls?! Lighten up! TR's your makin' money by corraling us into your classrooms... don't treat us like fools. You're trying to make something a scholarly academic program that is basic common sense.

no TR program here (Erskine College)....browsing for possibilities for grad school....

I think the T.R program is great (at University of Southern Maine). It gave me inspiration to set my goals for the futer. I have developed the skills needed to improve my own well being through recreation and leisure. Now I am ready to share my knowledge with others.

The University of Southern Maine is located in the beautiful city of Portland, Maine. The theraputic recreation program is fairly new at the University. As a sophmore in the major, I have begun to understand the role of the theraputic recreation specialist and its relationship to other disciplines involved in services to special populations. The TR program allows room for a variety of avenues regauring the role that I wish to play in this profession. I have been introduced to a variety of health-care professions which has given me a great appreciation for the degree of diversity the health sciences provide. I believe that theraputic Recreation allows for creative minds with great enthusiam to introduce new ideas and create an understanding for optimum health. The avenue in which I intend to pursue my theraputic career is with the deaf society. The training in which I am involved focuses on the understanding of holistic health and how recreation and leisure can contribute to an individuals health. I am looking foward to reading some hints for theraputic recreation students in the follow up to this survey.

This is only an intro class. I have not had that much experience. (at University of Southern Maine).

I have recently returned to college after raising my family for 18 yrs. U.S.M. (University of Southern Maine) has made me feel very welcomed and I feel like I belong. I have learned alot so far about Therapeutic Recreation from the few classes I am enrolled in. I can't wait to learn more about this wonderful profession.

I am currently enrolled at University of Southern Maine as a TR major. I am learning many new and fascinating things. We usually tend to do our class work in groups so I've been able to meet a lot of nice people, who are interested in learning about the same things I am. I'm not too keene on doing the oral presentation!!

The program at Florida State University is awsome, limited enrollment keeps the class size small. All instructors are excellent. If you are looking for a great college, look no further ... Tallahassee is the place for you!

I really enjoyed visiting different sites in my area to see how the recreational therapy departments were led in each facility. (wayne state university)

The TR program at the University of Southern Maine is excellent!!!

My professer (at University of Southern Maine) has us in small groups alot, which worked in High School but is not working now. However, we do have some hands-on work which is fascinating! We are going to a Ropes Course in a few weeks in the gym.

I got a great deal of inspiration from the T.R program at U.S.M. (University of Southern Maine) The program gave me a specific goal for my future. I have learned to incorporate recreation and leisure into my life to make my whole life experience more pleasurable. I look forward to sharing this with others and help educate people of the importance of recreation and leisur for ones over all well being.

I've been given some thought provoking, ingenious ways of finding out what leisure activities will lead me to a more productive, fuller life and further more I now have some ideas of ways to help others. (at University of Southern Maine)

The work in the intro class (at University of Southern Maine) seems light. The work so far seems like basic, everyday, activities that we are know classifying as leisure. There is a certain childish aspect in the leisure course that makes it both fun, and interesting but also a bit to slow. Keep up on the reading.

The TR class at the University (University of Southern Maine) is excellent. My teacher is helpfull and understanding, and she makes it easy to learn.

Yes the school (University of Southern Maine) is meeting my needs. The professors are great and I feel I am learning a lot.

MSU (Monctlair State U) has a good TR program. TR students should always look for a college that has good clinical affiliates.

VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) has a good recreation program. The professors are great and are very helpful. I have learned more in my 1 1/2 years of graduate school than I did during my undergraduate years!!!

I am VERY new to the program (Florida International University)...only about 3 weeks,so I cannot accurately answer this question yet. I most enjoy my class on interventions for Physical Disabilites. The Miami area also seems to be very receptive to the profession and for us "students" doing our field visits. So far my most "bad" impression about TR is the field itself and how there is not a unification among the group to grow larger and stronger as far as organizations and associations are concerned as compared with lets say OT. Thats it for now.....See you @ the end of the semester! Perhaps my thoughts will be more than now after I learn some more.

The program (Southern University) is a comprehensive program that has been around for over 20 years and met my needs as an undergrad, and is still meeting my needs as a graduate student. I waited 4.5 years to return to get my master's, and I should have done it sooner. Our department on the Southern Campus is one of the fastest growing curricula. I was most disgusted to find out that Southern University was left out of the college listings on the TRDirectory. Please make sure it is included. Thanks. Lisa R. Spivey, CTRS

Absolutely excellent!!! My college (York College of Pa) prepared me to get out in the real world. The program exposed us to both community and clinical therapeutic recreation. We could make the decision as to which way we wanted to go. As a result of an excellent internship placement, I now work for a VA in blind rehab. I feel it was the opportunities and guidance from the college advisors that helps a student to find there way when school is out. York College of Pa gives a great foundation. What you chose to do with it is your decision. Laura Martino,CTRS

My education in TR at Indiana University has been very challenging and rewarding. Combined with all the volunteer hours, I feel very well prepared to practice in our field. At IU we take 43 hours of classes related to therapeutic recreation. That includes anatomy, physiology and medical terminology - but does not include non TR recreation classes and the internship. That makes this a very comprehensive program. The faculty are also very nice. They are each very active in the profession and are readily available to students. The department also has a great internship location and placement system. They also keep current records of jobs available. I feel these areas are the most important when looking for a TR program. Bloomington, Indiana and the University are also very beautiful. There is a lot to do here no matter what you like.

I have just started the masters program in Outdoor TR and so far it is superb. I graduated with B.S. in TR from Murray State University in Kentucky in 1994, and worked in an acute psych hospital for two years. Indiana University has really made me think about the philosophy of TR and where I want the profession to go in the future. I am impressed with the caliber of my professors who are some of the best known names in the field, and feel quit lucky to have access to the wide variety of resources available to me and my classmates. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in a challenging and thorough education in therapeutic recreation.

I've been out of Penn State for 20 years and I've been in my current position at a state psychiatric facility since I graduated. Penn State was wonderful!! Students, be certain that you are learning good documentation skills and doing assessments well.

Penn States TR graduate program is excellent. I would suggest that anyone looking for a good school to obtain a master's or PhD to look into PSU

UND (University of North Dakota) is a wonderful place. If you can stand the cold, it is worth it. It is small enough to be personal but large enough to offer a wide range of experiences. Dr. Lynn Anderson is the reason I will be an effective TR. The other teachers are good, but she truely shines. She is the best teacher I have ever had. She has taught me not the facts, but how to find them and use them. It is difficult to have classes with a strong Parks and Rec Management class then try to switch to TR. I wish I could drop some of those classes to keep more in my emphasis area. I want a degree in TR, not a emphasis in TR.


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