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

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Core Requirements (22 Credits)
HLS 100 – Introduction to Healthcare Professions
HLS 180 – Introduction to Research and Writing in Healthcare
HLS 210 – Principles of Patient Centered Healthcare
HLS 220 – Healthcare Communication
HLS 310 – Electronic Health Information
HLS 315 – Healthcare Systems & Policy
HLS 330 – Case Studies in Healthcare Ethics or PHI 325 - Bio-Medical Ethics
HLS 410 – Medical Insurance and Billing

Select one:
HLS 260 – Medical Terminology of Body Systems and Diseases  OR
PCH 265 – Illness and Disease  AND  HLS 101 – Essentials of Medical Terminology

Therapeutic Recreation in Aging Concentration (27 Credits)
Select one:
HLS 150 – Introduction to Aging Studies or HLS 350– Interventions and Support in Dementia Care
REC 210 – Activity Development and Leadership 
REC 231 – Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation 
REC 300 – Practicum 
REC 303 – Functional Interventions for Optimal Aging
REC 307– Disabilities in Society
REC 391 – Interventions and Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation 

Select one: 
PCH 348 – Death, Dying and Bereavement
HLS 450 – Organization of Long-Term Care Facilities


Behavioral Science:
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology (T2MB)
PSY 219 –  Lifespan Development

Life Science (select one):
BIO 200 – Human Anatomy and Physiology (T2LE)
HMS 280 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.