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Recreational Therapy Undergraduate Program

The goal of the undergraduate CURT (Clemson University Recreational Therapy) program is to prepare competent, entry-level recreational therapists with requisite knowledge, skills, and behaviors to improve functional outcomes and increase participation in life activities for individuals experiencing health conditions.

Our RT students' pass rate on the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam exceeds the national average for both first time test takers and overall test takers:

    • 95.8% pass rate for first time test takers and 92.3% overall (2015/2016)
    • 91.7% pass rate for first time test takers (2017)

In addition, 100% of internship supervisors reported they would hire their CURT intern if they had an opening for an entry-level, full time CTRS position, indicating the high quality of the students who complete the program.

Starting in the sophomore year, students take numerous classes that incorporate practical RT and related experiences. First, students complete two practicums (PRTM 2060 and 2070) where they gain experience with people with disabilities or health conditions. Most notably, the preceptorship (clinical field experience) in RT course (PRTM 3280) is completed in the Spring semester of the junior year. In this course, students have supervised RT clinical rotations in health care and human service agencies in the Clemson/Anderson/Greenville area.

Clemson University recreational therapy program goals are be met through the following course work:

PRTM 2600: Foundations of Recreational Therapy Practice
This course examines the history, philosophy, concepts, roles and functions involved in recreational therapy services. Topics include service-delivery models, ethics, standards of practice, credentialing, use of the clinical process in various treatment settings, collaborative interdisciplinary practice, and professional behavior specific to therapeutic relationships and practitioner/client interactions.

PRTM 2650: Terminology in Recreational Therapy
This online course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the language of health care including basic term components, medical terms and health care records, and terms associated with body systems. 

PRTM 3220: Facilitation Techniques in Recreational Therapy
This course covers basic concepts, methods and techniques associated with the selection and implementation of therapeutic facilitation techniques and interventions for use in recreational therapy practice. 

PRTM 3230: Professional Preparation for Recreational Therapy Practice
This course is designed to prepare students for their recreational therapy field placement experience as well as assist in the preparation of students for job-seeking, job-attainment, and career development following graduation. Academic preparation necessary to ensure entry level skills and determine the preferred placement based on identification of recreational therapy students’ career goals. 

PRTM 3240: Assessment and Planning in Recreational Therapy
This course provides the information and tools for the first two steps of the recreational therapy process: assessment and planning. Through this course, students develop the skills necessary to complete a comprehensive assessment of clients in a therapeutic environment, and develop an appropriate, evidence-based treatment plan. The laboratory section must be taken concurrently in order to receive credit for the class. The laboratory section provides time to practice these techniques in an experiential learning environment. 

PRTM 3260: Recreational Therapy Implementation and Evaluation: Physical Health Conditions
This course examines the various health conditions and the role of recreational therapy in treatment settings for individuals with mental health conditions. In addition, students apply current recreational therapy implementation techniques and evaluation methods across mental health diagnoses and settings. 

PRTM 3270: Recreational Therapy Implementation and Evaluation: Mental Health Conditions
This course examines the various health conditions and the role of recreational therapy in treatment settings for individuals with mental health conditions. In addition, students apply current recreational therapy implementation techniques and evaluation methods across mental health diagnoses and settings. 

PRTM 3280: Preceptorship in Recreational Therapy
This course facilitates experiential learning opportunities for recreational therapy students consisting of preceptor-supervised clinical experiences in health care and community-based agencies. 

PRTM 4220: Management of Recreational Therapy Services
This course presents the foundation for understanding the contemporary health care system, as well as developing systematic program design, implementation and management of recreational therapy services. Students achieve a comprehensive understanding of the insurance and reimbursement systems; relevant guidelines and standards related to health care organizations; the process of program development, and program management principles. 

PRTM 4260: Trends and Issues in Recreational Therapy
This capstone course provides insight into the contemporary issues in the recreational therapy profession and requires students to synthesize previous course content and experiential learning and appraise personal and professional philosophies to elucidate their role as an entry-level practitioner.