Healthcare Studies, B.S. - Concentration: Therapeutic Recreation in Aging

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This concentration provides students with a strong academic foundation for employment in the healthcare sector, and specifically prepares students lo work in therapeutic recreation in skilled nursing care facilities, assisted living facilities, and senior centers. The coursework meets the CT Health Code requirements for a Therapeutic Recreation Director (19-13-DSt).

Overall GPA 2.0 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning
MAT 107 - Statistics

Tier 2 - Natural World II: Life and Environment:
BIO 200 -  Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Tier 2 - Mind and Body:
PSY 100 -  Introduction to Psychology 

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


55 Credits Required

Healthcare Studies Requirements:
37 Credits Required

BIO 201 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
HLS 200  or HSC 200 - Healthcare Professions and Medical Terminology
HLS 210 - Principles of Patient Centered Healthcare
HLS 400 - Health Informatics
HLS 415 - Healthcare Systems, Policy, and Billing
MGT 300 - Management and Organization or PCH 362 - Public Health Management
PCH 265 - Illness and Disease
PSY 219 - Lifespan Development
PSY 366 - Health Psychology
REC 307 - Disabilities in Society
RSP 330 - Case Studies in Medical Ethics 
RSP 440 - Evidence Based Practice & Research

Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation in Aging 
18 Credits Required

PCH 450 - Death and Dying
REC 210 - Activity Development and Leadership 
REC 231 - Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation 
REC 300 - Practicum 
REC 303 - Leisure and Aging 
REC 391 - Interventions and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation 


10 Credits Required

BIO 200 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
MAT 107 - Elementary Statistics
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology 


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).